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On The Ball

Added 1536 days ago. 24 July 2018

The thrilling action of the World Cup may be over, but if the sporting action has reinvigorated your love of the game, why not pull on your boots and join in the footie fun…


As the last goal went into the net at the World Cup, there were celebrations. Even if it’s not a home nation raising the trophy, the event has inspired many to get back on the pitch. The great news is a game of walking football is a great way to have a go!

Played by both men and women of all ages and abilities, you must be over 50 to play walking football. Running and physical contact are not permitted during the five- or six-aside game. With 1,100 UK clubs, the sport is played in 35 countries and there are plans for a World Cup and European Cup.


Tommy Charlton, 72, is the younger sibling of World Cup heroes Bobby and Jack Charlton, and recently made his debut wearing a number nine shirt for England as an ambassador for the Walking Football Association.

Having played walking football for five years, Tommy says the sport has many benefits. “Along with the physical health improvements, walking football is great for your mind,” says Tommy. “Once you are on the field you don’t worry about your aches and pains, you just concentrate on the game. Everyone who plays loses weight after a month and says how much fitter they feel."

 “Older people often say they are lonely but I’ve made so many friends through walking football. After the game, we always have a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

“One side benefit of walking football and being more active is that you start to watch what you eat and Wiltshire Farm Foods are a great choice as they’re nutritionally balanced and good for you,” adds Tommy. “When you’re on the pitch, you want to know you’ve got the right energy to play the best you possibly can.”

Learn more about walking football and find your nearest club here.

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