Walking Football

North Liverpool Academy is pleased to announce a new project in conjunction with Everton in the Community.

As of Wednesday 3rd of June we will be hosting a Walking Football League. From 6pm to 7pm every Wednesday members of the community over the age of 50 can come together for a low-impact game of football. We will also be running an over 30’s Friday session 3pm-4pm.

Research has shown that there are many benefits of staying fit as you get older. Undertaking any sporting exercise is known to extend life expectancy, promote wellbeing and enhance quality of life. Candidates involved in this project won’t just benefit from making new friends and building self-esteem but they will also build strength, improve muscles, increase core stability and lose weight.

Bob Blanchard, who was one of the eight men to attend the first session said, “It is really fun and I was surprised at how much I got out of it. I was sweating and tired by the end. It was fantastic to be coached by a pro for free.”

At the Academy we are hoping that the games will help tackle the growing isolation and loneliness felt by the elderly. Campaign to End Loneliness has shared saddening statistics that two fifths of all older people (approximately 3.9 million) say that the television is their main company. Our Walking Football project aims to give the elderly something to get involved in that will not only improve their fitness but also give them a community to be a part of.

Everton in the Community say “Our game is our passion, so if you thought that your walking days were over, it definitely isn’t now!”

North Liverpool Academy’s Community Coordinator Andrew Devey adds “we’re really passionate about this project and can’t wait for it to get off the ground. This is open to anyone over 30 as long as you follow the rules – no running! It is harder than it looks and I got a real workout from it in the sunshine.”

If you are interested in signing up please contact Stuart Carrington by calling 07975235022 or emailing [email protected].