Walking Football

Find out all the latest Walking Football news in Hampshire below.

Walking Football: A slower version of the beautiful game

Walking Football is simple. Football, at walking pace.

The game is small sided, with no running on or off the ball, very little contact and kick-ins instead of throw-ins. With less stress on the body and no real sudden change of direction or cutting movements the game allows participants to play without apprehension.

Despite this, the game is still competitive and play can be extremely tactical favouring those players who take their time and read the read the pitch around them.

Walking football has become increasingly popular and is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle, as well as to support getting people back into football who have stopped due to age or injury.

Older people in particular have seen many benefits; lower heart rate and blood pressure, less fat, more muscle and better mobility.

As well as offering health benefits walking Football offers social benefits - the opportunity for participants to meet new people, prevent isolation and create interaction for individuals and small groups.

This is one sporting activity that is suitable for all.



Watch the ITV REPORT : Taking it slow- Walking football is on the rise


 

HFA Licensed Walking Football Clubs

Walking Football in Hampshire has taken off since the introduction of the Hampshire FA Licensed Walking Football Club Scheme. In the Season 2016/17 there were over 20 established Licensed Walking Football Clubs servicing approximately 800 participants throughout the county!

Where to find a Club or session near you:

Please use the interactive map below to find your nearest Walking Football session by zooming in on your local area:

 

For the forthcoming 2017/178 season, the Licensing Scheme has been simplified to ensure all groups participating are able to access the same benefits. Clubs are able to affiliate to Hampshire FA, securing benefits such as Public Liability Insurance and access to The FA's Whole Game System to administer their club. Forward-thinking and progressive clubs are able to access further benefits as they progress along the pathway.

HFA Walking Football Pathway 2017/18 

                   

For information on how to become a Hampshire FA Licensed Walking Football Club, please see information downloads located at the bottom of this page, or email Flo.Lunn@HampshireFA.com.

Why is the HFA Licensed Walking Football Club Scheme in place?

Together, we can create a uniformed approach to one of the fastest growing UK sports

Together, we can all play the same game to the same rules

Together, we can lay the foundations for a future league structure

Together, we can create a safe and sociable format

Together, we can establish an approved and desirable kite marking system which recognises innovation and proactivity in the development of a slower version of the beautiful game

What does a Walking Football session consist of?

Licensed Walking Football Clubs are primarily encouraged to offer weekly turn up and play sessions, allowing participants to join in at a pace and frequency that suits them and without the pressures of committing to playing competitively week in week out. Many of our clubs also incorporate training exercises in preparation for fixtures against other clubs, but the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment, by all, in a supportive and recreational environment.

All Licensed Clubs are supported in working towards various stages of the Licensed Walking Football Club pathway. Working through this pathway opens up various benefits to clubs which will aid their future development.

What about competitions and fixtures?

Hampshire FA is working with its Licensed Clubs to lay the foundations for "competitive" opportunities designed to suit their needs. Priority entry into any HFA Festivals will be given to Licensed Walking Football Clubs.

Walking Football Studies

A study conducted by Southampton Solent University reveals that walking football can kick start fitness for the over fifties.

Click here to read an article by SAGA

Walking Football in the News

Havant & Waterlooville's "Many Shades of Grey" recently ventured into Europe, click here to find out about how they fared on the continent!

Click here to see a clip from the Hampshire FA Legends Cup Festival!

Cove Rapidly Ageing Pensioners Walking Football Club recently secured sponsorship which has allowed the club to purchase a defibrillator - find out more here

 

Caulkhead Strollers WFC also got a great piece in the County Press recently:

 

Walking Football Action