They may have beaten Barcelona on Tuesday, but the next day Manchester City stars were out to support walking football.
First team player Ilkay Gundogan and youth player Tosin Adarabioyo were out in the Manchester community playing walking football, while manager Pep Guardiola watched from the sidelines.
I think it’s great that such high profile people in the world of football are supporting walking football, especially when you consider that it was only the previous night they had just got their best Champions League result ever after beating Barcelona.
Maybe other Premiership clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are going to be doing similar things soon? Hopefully they will, especially when you consider how popular walking football is right now.
Walking Football in Manchester
This was all part of Manchester City’s walking football scheme, which was held at the City Football Academy.
As well as people from the football club, there was also members of the public invited along, where games then took place in different age groups.
One of the best things about walking football is that you can play among people of your own age, as games and leagues are mostly divided into over 40’s, over 50’s, over 60’s and over 70’s. Not only does this keep the games more competitive, but it also gives players the chance to make friends.
At the moment, most people play for fun, but there are more competitive leagues and cups, and this has prompted the FA to write an official rulebook for the game.
How to Play Walking Football
In the meantime, if you fancy trying out walking football for yourself then you should be able to find a club in your local area.
However, don’t think playing the game is easy, as many people who start playing it for the first time will tell you…it can be demanding at first and if you haven’t had much activity or exercise in the last few years then make sure you start off slowly.
Warm up before you start a game with some light stretching and jogging, and then warm down with more stretching once the game has finished.
Also, get familiar with the basic rules, such as no tackling from behind or sliding tackles. This ensures you can start enjoying the game as soon as you start playing.
How did Manchester City player Ilkay Gundogan get on with walking football you might be wondering? Well, although he scored against Barcelona on Tuesday night in the Champions League, many people thought he found walking football very challenging at first, because obviously you can’t do any running.
Yes this does take some getting used to, even for professional players, although pretty quickly he was scoring goals just like he did against Barcelona.