It was only six weeks ago that Leyton Orient Trust announced it would be piloting walking football and since then the programme has blossomed. Walking football is a slower-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over-50s, so don’t hang up your boots just yet! The launch took place with a very special guest – Ex Orient star Peter Kitchen in attendance.
‘It’s a great social thing; if you love football then your mind always wants to play football even as your body isn't as capable anymore," said Kitchen.
He believes this is a great way to allow people to still play. Although he is currently injured, he has promised to make a star appearance at one of the matches to play again.
David, a participant who has attended all six sessions commented: ’Walking football has been brilliant, it’s so much fun to play and there’s a great bunch of lads taking part who I’ve become good friends with through the programme too! I used to love pulling on the shirt to play football when I was younger and this new form means I can now get back to playing even in my 60s!”
The sessions are for all abilities and for men and women over the age of 50, it’s a great way to keep fit, make new friends and have fun! In addition to the weekly sessions, some of the Leyton Orient walking football participants will also be taking to the Copperbox in November to take part in a tournament as interest across London in the sport mounts.
After the success of the Thursday sessions it has been announced that a second weekly session will now take place on Monday nights between 6pm and 7pm at SCORE hopefully allowing even more people to access the sport in the local area. These sessions will also be turn up and play. The new block of sessions start on 9th November and will run up until week ending 18th December before taking a short break over the festive period.
For more information on the programme please contact Phillip Smith via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8556 5973.