New Walking Football Initiative for people over 50 at Horfield Leisure Centre

Everyone Active at Horfield Leisure Centre are launching a new Walking Football Initiative for people over 50. Walking football has taken off in Britain and whatever your ability or age it has something to offer everyone. It runs at a manageable pace in a safe environment and is widely regarded as a fun and sociable way of staying active. The rules of walking football are much the same as its speedier cousin, however there are some differences. The squads are smaller (between five and seven-a-side), free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no offsides, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited. The new facilities at Horfield Leisure Centre are perfect for walking football, where their well-maintained artificial 3g pitches ensure that the pitch is always smooth and flat, whatever the weather.

These sessions are run by Barry Dymianczuk who is a fully qualified FA coach from ‘Smart Sports Coaching’ based at Manor Farm and has made a great success of walking football in other areas of the city. Barry will guide players who have previously played and had to stop because of injury, ill health or any other reason and get back into the game, when they have perhaps enjoy being a couch pundit more than getting up off the sofa and playing. These sessions are tailored to the players and so all abilities are welcome, for some people its entirely possible their best playing successes are yet to come! These are Gloucester FA affiliated sessions and we would love Horfield to eventually get a team together so Barry can take them to play competitively in the GFA Walking Football League where there is a wide variety of games played regularly.

Walking Football sessions at Horfield Leisure Centre will run on Tuesday mornings from 10am – 11am and the first session on 11th July will be FREE to everyone, so if you just want to try it out to see how you get on then come down and give it a try! Smart Sports Coaching will be leading the sessions and so you will need to see Barry on the pitches to pay and it’s only £3 per session after the free taster session. If you have any questions then feel free to give Barry a call on 07809 483 191 for more information.

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