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Walking Football

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men

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“I didn’t think I’d be playing football at my age!”

What is Walking Football?

Walking football is a fun, non-contact sport. It offers significant physical and mental health benefits. As a team-based activity Walking Football is a great way to socialise and meet others.

The game has simple rules designed with health and safety in mind. Only non-contact tackling is allowed and the ball must never go above head height. Walking football is played on small pitches with small goals and five, six or even seven-a-side teams. It can be played on natural grass, on 3G/4G artificial pitches or indoors!

It was great for getting fit and for my general mental wellbeing. I really recommend it to anyone. Bernard Hanratty, Blackrock Men’s Shed

What is the Age & Opportunity Walking Football initiative?

The Age & Opportunity Walking Football initiative has been developed in order to reach out to older men. It takes place over five consecutive weeks and is a perfect introduction to the game. Check out our video below for a flavour of what’s involved.

Age & Opportunity is seeking expressions of interest from Men’s Sheds and other groups that are interested in taking part in the five week Walking Football initiative.

It’s the craic – the banter out there and disagreeing with the ref, you know, the usual! We love it. Mark Larkin, LBS Men’s Shed

Contact

For information and to register your Men’s Shed or group’s interest please speak to our Active Programme team on

 01 913 3943 OR email active@ageandopportunity.ie

Active Initiatives:

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Offers financial supports to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide. Find out more here.

FitLine

A volunteer-led telephone mentoring service that encourages participants to start getting more active – we’re only a phone call away! Find out more here.

Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

CarePALs

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Walking Football initiative

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men that is great craic and good for general health and wellbeing. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

Sport Initiatives:

Age & Opportunity Active National Grant Scheme

Offers financial supports to local clubs, groups and organisations, nationwide. Find out more here.

FitLine

A telephone mentoring service which encourages callers to start getting more active- we’re only a phone call away! Find out more here.

Physical Activity Leaders

An education and peer leadership initiative which trains older people how to lead sport and activity sessions in their local groups and communities. Find out more here.

CarePALS

Trains those working in care settings to lead suitable physical activities. Find out more here.

People with intellectual disability Physical Activity Leaders

Enabling people with intellectual disability (ID) to become physical activity leaders. Find out more here.

Walking Football initiative

An Age & Opportunity initiative for older men that is great craic and good for general health and wellbeing. Find out more here.

European Week of Sport

Promoting sport and physical activity across Europe. Find out more here.

Go For Life Games

Teams from all over Ireland coming together to take part in a national day of sport in June every year. Find out more here.

People always say that ‘you’re only as old as you feel’. Well, it turns out to be true. Science has proven that staying active keeps your body younger and your mind happier, no matter what it says on your birth cert. Being active can help your body to stay strong and supple improve balance and coordination aiding in falls prevention A healthy mind and body can help fight off colds and infections and many common illnesses. Exercise keeps you sharp and, best of all, it cheers you up and boosts your energy.

Being active just 30 minutes a day can offer you a range of benefits including:

  • Better balance
  • Co-ordination
  • Greater range of movement
  • Flexibility
  • Better strength
  • Stay healthier
  • Be more content
  • Increase energy levels
  • Increased social connection
  • Prevent Falls

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