Back of the net! Active Together helps encourage non-traditional football by Kate | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/
Quedgeley Wanderers Football Club (QWFC) has been awarded a grant of £1000 by the Active Together team at Gloucestershire County Council to provide walking football for the over 40’s in the community.
The grant encourages more sport and physical activity across the county and enables communities the control to create their own opportunities to get active and healthy together.
QWFC applied for a grant so the club could provide football sessions on the astroturf pitch at Waterwells. Their idea for the scheme is to encourage people aged over 40 to be involved with football if, due to a lack of mobility or for other reasons, they are not able to play the traditional game.
As part of the package of improvements paid for by the active together grant, QWFC were able to hire Waterwells Astro Hire for 27 sessions, buy balls, a pump, goal keeper gloves and first aid kit, and an advertising board for the sessions.
Based on football, the key difference in the rules from the standard game is that if a player runs, then they concede a free kick to the other side.
This restriction, together with a ban on slide tackles, is aimed both at avoiding injuries and allows the playing of the sport by those who are unable to play the traditional format.
The way walking football is played promotes cardiovascular fitness whilst producing the least stress on the body. It also helps people maintain an active lifestyle.
Walking football is held every Monday 6-7pm and is open to all over the age of 40, and is currently free to take part in.
Cllr Barry Kirby, county councillor for Grange and Kingsway, said: “I was really pleased to support this group as they encourage more people to keep fit and active.
“It is especially good for those who aren’t able to play traditional football anymore because of injuries or disabilities.”
Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council and county councillor for Quedgeley, said: “Quedgeley Wanderers Football Club have worked really hard to offer sporting opportunities to local residents.
“Even if you don’t think you are great at football, walking football is a brilliant way to exercise, make friends and importantly, to help you get fit and healthy.”
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health, said: “The Active Together grants have been used all across the county.
“Many communities have been able to benefit from the funds to increase sporting and physical activity, and I am pleased that Quedgeley Wanderers Football Club has used the money to bring a very popular sport to those who may have once felt they can no longer enjoy playing it.”
For more information and to join in with walking football, you can contact Joe on 07774 052996.
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