Walking Football

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Walking football is a game of skill, not pace or strength. Players can be male or female, in great shape or not very active. This growing sport is as popular for the friendship and support it offers as well as for the fitness benefits it brings.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • there is proven link between exercise and improved quality of life;
  • it is a group activity and a great way to meet new people;
  • players frequently comment on the importance of the community and friendships that result from taking part.

“It has been great just to kick a ball about again, quite apart from helping me to get fitter than I’ve been for decades.” John, 69

What to expect

Team work and skill characterise walking football. You don’t have to be fit or have played football before to take part, though you are advised to take it easy to start with until your fitness levels improve. Teams are supportive and welcoming and everyone can have a go – if you can walk, you can play!

Contact the organiser before turning up to make sure there are spaces and to check about appropriate clothing and footwear (trainers might not be suitable for some surfaces).

More information

Bar Hill

Run by Cambridge United Foundation on Tuesdays at 10:00 – 11:00am (there’s a small charge for each session you can pay on the day). Just turn up or email so they know to expect you [email protected]

Cambourne

Nigel Hillyard, who runs Cambourne Town Amblers WFC (formerly South Cambs Amblers WFC), would be delighted to hear from women and men over 50 who’d like to have a go at walking football. Walking football rules tend to vary from group to group – Nigel’s  group play three touch, and are stricter than many clubs regarding the no physical contact and no tackling rules. This ensures a safer playing environment and fewer injuries. Contact details can be found here.

Gamlingay

Free sessions between 5-6pm in May, June and July 2024. To find out more, visit the Living Sport website or contact Jayne at Living Sport via email ([email protected]).

Histon & Impington

Cambridge United Community Trust’s coach Phil Mullen runs this walking football group. Find out more on this link. This group is supported by HI Friends.

Over

To find out when sessions are taking place, visit the Living Sport website or for accurate timings please contact [email protected]

Milton

Run by Cambridge United Foundation on Fridays at 1:00 – 2:00pm (there’s a small charge for each session you can pay on the day). Just turn up or email so they know to expect you [email protected]

Sawston 

Free sessions held at the Astroturf Pitch in Sawston every Thursday from 7pm till 8pm. To find out more, visit the Living Sport website or contact Jayne at Living Sport via email ([email protected]).

Swavesey

Wednesday evenings (outside in the summer, inside during winter) find out more by emailing Jerry Ladell via [email protected] 

Waterbeach

To find out when sessions are taking place, visit the Living Sport website or contact Jayne at Living Sport via email ([email protected]).

Thinking about setting up your own group?

If you’d like to set up a walking football group in your village, contact Vicky Neal at Cambridge United Community Trust.

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Most clubs/groups are pay as you go (usually no more than £5), and this often includes tea and biscuits afterwards.

 

How to contact

Where to go

Bar Hill Recreation Ground
Appletrees
Bar Hill
Cambridge
UK

Cambourne Fitness and Sports Centre
Back Lane
Great Cambourne
Cambourne
Cambridge
UK

Gamlingay MUGA
Gamlingay Leisure
Station Rd
Gamlingay
Sandy SG19 3HA

Histon & Impington Recreation Ground
New Road
Impington
Cambridge
UK

Milton Community Centre
Coles Road
Milton
Cambridge
UK

All Weather Pitch
Over Community & Conference Centre
The Doles
Over
Cambridge CB24 5NW
UK

Astro Pitch
Anglian Leisure Sawston
New Road
Sawston
Cambridge
CB22 3BP
UK

Swavesey Village College
Gibraltar Lane
Swavesey
Cambridge
UK

Waterbeach Barracks Sports Hall and Studio
Waterbeach
Cambridge
CB25 9PA

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