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Time in the game takes its toll. Injuries mount. Joints get older. But the spirit remains. And the muscles remember. The Age UK Walking Football programme gives you a new way to stay in the game you love, instead of staying home.

It’s football, but without all the sprinting, running and jogging. It’s safer, with no heading or clashes and tackling only with reduced contact. It makes The Age UK Walking Football programme the fun and easy way for you to return to football, or discover playing for the first time. We can all make new friends, socialise together, and be part of something good.

Earlier this year, The Football Association and Sport England partnered with Age UK to reach over 1,000 older people through Walking Football groups in communities across England. Age UK Buckinghamshire are working with Wycombe Wanderers SET to provide the programme here in High Wycombe. After 4 months playing at Lane End Playing Fields we decided to move indoors at Wycombe Leisure Centre for the winter season and were delighted when the Mayor of High Wycombe, Councillor Andrea Baughan, decided to join us there on Thursday 4th November. As Walking Football is a fun, inclusive activity, aimed at all levels of ability regardless of previous experience, Annie had no problem slotting into the game and even managed to slot the ball into the net.

We know that being active is good for physical and mental health whatever your age and it’s especially important as we get older. It can improve confidence and wellbeing, help older people live independently for longer, and reduce isolation and loneliness.
It’s been a difficult time for older people during the pandemic, and the Age UK Walking Football Programme is a great opportunity for older people to feel active and socialise again in a safe and fun environment. All of our participants will say that it has improved their activity and fitness levels and at least one of them professes to feel younger as a result. Having this weekly session in the diary has helped them to get out again, make new friends and feel valued and supported by their peers.
Our sessions are open to all older people (over 50s) and we have participants ranging in age from 51 to 83. We are a mixed group, welcoming both male and female participants and, in National Befriending week, it is good to know that one of the most important aspects of the session is the camaraderie that has developed amongst the group. If you want to know more call WWSET on 01494 455736 or Age UK Bucks on 01296 438411.