Notts County Senior Supporters are delivering a programme for the elderly to enjoy a safe and friendly environment to come and play Walking / Senior Football.
This is now an international format that encourages people of a certain age generally the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s+ to engage in a gentle version of football. The benefits improve the physical health and mental wellbeing of players supporting an independent living. We work within a diverse community providing community harmony and understanding.
Whilst this has become a traditional format for the ageing population, we have become aware of the format’s benefits to younger generations who have limited mobility through either accident or medical conditions. Our inclusion policy encourages them to join in the sessions we currently run with the eventual idea of providing them a session for the younger age groups. We provide opportunities to meet and play against teams from other areas fostering friendly mutual rivalry. We expect respect, understanding and tolerance throughout our sessions and a build up of friendships among our group and with members from other Clubs running the same programmes. Our mixed gender policies allow ladies over 40 to become involved or with our experience help them to build a ladies session within our framework.
We owe it to ourselves as we get older to maintain a level of health and fitness that is beneficial to maintaining our quality of life. Exercising our minds and bodies is important as both change significantly as we age. It is our responsibility to stay as fit as we can. There are many activities that help to keep us fit and Walking Football is one.
For people who played and enjoyed the thrill of football in their youth Walking Football is a slower format that brings back that excitement and covers various layers of abilities. For those less mobile it can be a gentle exercise and social occasion, for those more robust and ambitious there is a competitive level.
At Notts County Senior Supporters Walking Football we engage with all aspects to provide the level people wish to play at. Our sessions include a fitness and coaching session followed by a game, we have a professional coach, Iain McCulloch, who played with Notts County and became a coach after his playing days. He is now bringing his own brand of keep fit, coaching and humour to our sessions at Chilwell Olympia every Saturday.
We welcome all who come to enjoy the fresh air in a safe environment and engage with age groups who are usually marginalised by sporting organisations and society in general. We independently provide opportunities for strangers to become friends in a mutually enjoyed pastime and for people to rediscover a new zest for life creating new memories whilst reliving old ones. Further information from Derek on 0115 952 9544 or at [email protected]