Football for the over 50s comes to town

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Walking football – a slower version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s – is coming to Daventry Leisure Centre following the success of similar schemes across the country.

The sessions have been organised by Everyone Active, which runs the centre, in partnership with Northamptonshire Football Association and Daventry Town FC.

The launch of these weekly sessions will be held at Daventry Leisure Centre on Thursday, November 13 from 2pm to 3pm.

Sessions will continue at the Lodge Road centre each Thursday at the same time.

The game is played indoor on smaller pitches, with plenty of breaks to ensure participants enjoy a safe and enjoyable return to football.

But organisers insist the slower pace of the game does not detract from the competition and it is much more than a stroll in the park.

The walking football session has been supported by Northamptonshire Football Association through The FA’s Mars Just Play scheme.

To get involved, anyone over 16 can search online for Just Play, enter their postcode, and book themselves into a local kick-about.

Stuart Smith, adult football development officer for the Northamptonshire FA, said “Walking football has been popular in other counties, so I was keen to do a session in Daventry.

“The highlight for me so far in sessions across Northamptonshire was witnessing a 70-year-old player scoring with a diving header.”

The weekly sessions have been welcomed by Daventry District Council’s leisure, culture and portfolio holder Cllr Alan Hills, who played football in his younger days and added that he was looking forward to joining the new sessions.

He said: “Walking football is now becoming very popular for those aged 50 and over.

“These sessions provides healthy exercise with a competitive edge and I would urge as many people as possible to take part, as I will be doing myself.”

Men aged over 50 are welcome to join in with the session next Thursday, or subsequent weeks.

People can arrive at Daventry Leisure Centre for 2pm and ensure they wear sports clothing with trainers and bring a drink.

The session lasts for one hour and costs £3.05 per person.

For more information, contact Will Heckford, community sport engagement manager for Everyone Active on 01327 871144 or email