Step it up in 2016 with a new sport in Daventry

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People who thought their footballing days were behind them are invited to think again by joining new walking football sessions starting at Daventry Leisure Centre in the New Year.

Walking football is a slower-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s and is designed to help older people maintain an active lifestyle, as well as those who had previously stopped playing due to injury.

It has proved an increasingly popular form of the game since its invention about six years ago, with sessions springing up across the country.

Players are not allowed to break into a run while the ball is in play, with anyone who does so conceding a free kick. A non-contact sport, it is typically played on a smaller pitch, allowing it to accommodate a much wider range of fitness levels and abilities than the traditional form of the game.

Daventry District Council’s leisure partner Everyone Active is launching new weekly sessions at Daventry Leisure Centre starting on Wednesday 6 January next year. It takes place in the newly refurbished sports hall from midday to 1pm. The first week is free and it costs £3 per session after that.

Cllr Alan Hills, DDC’s community, culture and leisure portfolio holder, said: “Walking football is now becoming very popular for those aged 50 and over. It provides healthy exercise with a really competitive edge and – above all – it’s great fun.

“Groups and individuals are welcome, so just put on some old clothes and trainers or plimsolls, bring a bottle of water and join in a game in the sports hall whenever you’re ready. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time - so why not give it a try?”