Further to our recent survey posted here on this website with regards to putting together Walking Football sessions, Concord Rangers Football Club have some fantastic news!

Concord Rangers and our Beach Boys In The Community programme are pleased to announced that we have agreed with Castle Point Borough Council to create a Walking Football programme which will be delivered at the Waterside Farm Leisure Centre here on Canvey Island.

This partnership will see Walking Football introduced by Concord Rangers Football Club & Castle Point Borough Council by the beginning of May, with full session details to follow here on the Concord Rangers official website in due course. Funding for which is being assisted by the Football Conference Trust, along with support from the Essex FA with regards to equipment hire/purchase, marketing and coaching support.

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at getting the over 50s back into the sport, giving them and anyone else (aiming for those between 40-65) a chance to keep an active lifestyle regardless of age or injury.

For those that haven’t had a look at Walking Football and all that it entails, the rules/guidelines can be found below…..

  • Players are prohibited from sprinting, running or jogging while the ball is in play, and anyone doing so is penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team

  • Walking Football is non-contact and no slide tackles are allowed

  • Played with a size 4 Futsal ball (if available) indoors or use a traditional ball outdoors

  • The game is played on a pitch 20/40 yards in length and 15/30 yards in width, and the area can be adjusted to suit numbers

  • If the ball goes off the pitch over the touchline, the game is restarted via a kick, roll or throw-in (to allow for different physical capabilities) Note: It is strongly recommended to use a roll or kick in for indoor facilities

  • It can be played indoors or outdoors to depend on weather and available facilities

It is also worth noting that variations and game adaptations can be made to suit participants needs and capabilities.

Walking Football is a fun and entertaining way to play the game you love but reduce the chances of injury. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time!