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.
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 2015/16 there were 18 established Licensed Walking Football Clubs servicing approximately 420 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 2016/17 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 2016/17
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.
Hampshire FA is committed to ensuring that Walking Football is a safe activity for all. Therefore, all players, coaches, organisers and clubs are reminded of the following:
Clubs involved in organising their own fixtures or tournaments which are not part of Hampshire FA sanctioned competitions are strongly encouraged to implement the HFA Laws of Walking Football (a copy can be found below). Organisers implementing these rules are requested to submit Appendix A to all competing teams and to Hampshire FA prior to the fixture or tournament taking place. Please note that fixtures or competitions going ahead without prior submission of Appendix A will not be supported by Hampshire FA and will not be covered by the Hampshire FA Public Liability Insurance Policy. Organisers will therefore be liable for all issues arising.
Where teams are involved in multiple fixtures on the same day (e.g. a mini tournament as opposed to a single fixture), all competing teams are jointly responsible for ensuring the availability of a defibrillator on site. Licensed Clubs found to be in contravention of this rule will have their HFA Walking Football Club License removed with immediate effect.
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