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Peter Kitchen helps Orient kick off season with new Walking Football Programme

21 August 2015

Kitchen lends his support for new initiative

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over-50s, so if you thought your footballing days were over, then think again!

A brand new pilot of weekly sessions are being held at the SCORE Centre in Leyton on Thursday mornings from 11.00am to 12.00pm targeting men and women over the age of 50.  The first six pilot sessions are being held between September 17th and October 29th with the cost of each session being £3.00 per week.

Sessions are ‘turn up and play’ and we are pleased to announce that a very special guest, former Leyton Orient FC player Peter Kitchen will be joining us for the launch and first session on September 17th. Peter will also be taking part in a short Q&A with participants and fans after the session.

Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of their age or gender, as well as getting those back playing football who perhaps had to stop due to injuries.

Walking football follows the same rules as normal football except you cannot run and you cannot slide tackle. Many professional clubs use this method in training to teach their players to be comfortable on the ball and it has more recently been promoted by the NHS as a great way to keep fit and make new friends for all ages.

No specific equipment or prior experience is needed; just turn up in sporty attire wearing trainers or indoor astro turf shoes (no studs), you’ll also need to bring shin pads and a drink too. The sport is non-contact and a great way to make new friends and socialise. Sessions will be held indoors and so will take place whatever the weather!

If you have any questions or would like to find out further details, please get in touch with Phill Smith via email: phillip.smith@leytonorienttrust.org or via phone: 020 8556 5973


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