All around the country walking football has proved to be a hit among people of all ages, and that is no different in Great Yarmouth.
Thanks to a new football centre that has recently opened at Flegg High School, everyone can now play walking football on a weekly basis, and so far it has been very popular….nearly as popular as normal five a side football, which just goes to show you the word is getting out about this slower paced version of the game.
Walking football for over 50’s
Every Thursday at 5pm you can find a few different games of walking football at Flegg High School in Great Yarmouth to suit your age group, and according to organisers of the games it is the over 50’s age group that has been packed out week after week.
So much so that there are plans to start having walking football at the centre for two nights a week starting from next year.
A representative of Flegg High School recently said, “walking football is a great way for those who find the fast pace of regular five-a-side- slightly tougher, be they slightly older people or those recovering from an injury.”
He’s right of course, and that is one of the main reasons why the country is now seeing so many players in the over 50 age bracket taking up the game.
Everyone has a chance to play
Gone are the days when you had to give up playing football once you could no longer keep up with the pace, as walking football now gives everybody a chance to keep play despite what their fitness level may be.
That is why Flegg High School are encouraging more people to go to their weekly walking football sessions. “There is always room for more people to come along,” they commented, “it’s proving popular with people in their early 50’s.”
At the moment, walking football games in Great Yarmouth typically last for about 45 minutes. If you are still unsure about whether or not it might be suitable for you, then why not go down and watch a game? It shouldn’t take you too long to get the hang of everything though, as walking football is basically the same as normal football, just with no running and no tackling.
Walking football tactics
While the fast paced nature of football is not there, many believe it makes the game more technical, with a greater emphasis on passing accuracy and tactics. This makes for some very interesting games that have spectators on the edge of their seats.
In many areas of the country walking football is already becoming more competitive, with leagues and cups now being formed for teams that want to get serious.
For the time being at Flegg High School in Great Yarmouth things are still friendly, and if you want to check out or play in a game of walking football then you are invited down on a Thursday at 5pm. The cost is £2.50 for a 45 minute game.