Want to get fit and help people at the same time? Then join us as a Nordic Walking Leader 

Nordic Walkers outdoors

As a Nordic Walking Leader, you will plan and lead a weekly Nordic Walking group. Everyone within the group will already have experience of Nordic Walking, so as their leader, it will be up to you to motivate your fellow walkers to stride ahead with confidence. You don't need to have previous Nordic Walking experience as all-expenses paid training will be provided. 

Apply online

What does becoming an Age UK Sutton Nordic Walking Leader involve?

Becoming a Nordic Walking Leader means that after professional training from the British Nordic Walking Association (paid for by Age UK Sutton), you will be able to lead small groups of older people in Nordic Walking.

The Nordic Walking leader can work alongside a trainer as a support for larger groups or to lead walks on their own where all the participants are already able to Nordic Walk.

Training as a Nordic Walking Leader

You'll have to participate in a fun and interactive one day training course run by the British Nordic Walking Association. The course is paid for by Age UK Sutton and you will need to travel to attend the training - travel expenses will be covered by Age UK Sutton as well. 

As part of the training, you will learn to lead and motivate a group of Nordic Walkers and plan safe and interesting Nordic Walks. The course includes learning how to do risk assessments and deal with emergency situations. 

 

Becoming a Nordic Walking Leader

Before the training you will need to register as an Age UK Sutton volunteer and undergo a DBS police check online, which we will facilitate for you.

Once your volunteer application is processed, and your DBS has come through, you will be able to attend the Nordic Walking Leader training, after which you will then lead a group of Nordic walkers for on a weekly Nordic Walk once a week. This may be extended if there is demand.


Is it for me?

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, a desire to help others and a few hours to spare a week, then this is a great opportunity for you to get outdoors and meet new people whilst working for a great cause.

Want more information or want to apply?

Apply Online

or contact Toni Stead on 0208 770 6959 or communityhelpers@ageuksutton.org.uk

What is Nordic Walking?

What is Nordic Walking?
Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience.  With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.  More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.

Nordic Walking uses specially designed poles to enhance your natural walking experience.  With a technique that is similar to the upper body action of classic cross country skiing, Nordic Walking becomes a genuinely whole body exercise that can be enjoyed at many levels, from walking for health to athletic Nordic running.  More than 10 million people globally enjoy this outdoor activity all year round.

 

How will it benefit my body?

Nordic Walking combines the simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. With Nordic walking, you get a full body workout which means that you: 

  • burn up to 46% more calories compared to walking without poles
  • release tension in the neck and shoulders
  • improve your posture and gait
  • strengthen your back and abdominal muscles
  • reduce the  impact on the joints

And because Nordic Walking doesn’t feel like hard work you’ll be happy to walk further and for longer.

Further information