Welton’s golden oldies are looking for more players

The Welton walking football team earlier this month.
The Welton walking football team earlier this month.

Members of the Welton Over 60s Football Club are on the lookout for new players.

The club would love begin a walking football league next year, and are keen to hear from anyone eager to give the sport a go.

The club, which meets at Welton’s Manor Park, is aimed at those who still have that love for football.

Walking football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game, primarily aimed at those around their 60s and in retirement, while age is flexible and participants of both sexes and also with disabilities are welcome.

The sport is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle, irrespective of their age, as well as getting those back playing football who perhaps had to stop due to injuries or illness.

Walking football is a five-a-side game played on 3G pitches a third of the normal 11v11 surface.

Players are prohibited from sprinting, running or jogging while the ball is in play and anyone doing so is penalised with a free-kick being conceded.

No slide tackles or contact are allowed and 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. The sport can also be played indoors or outdoors, depending on weather and available facilities.

Variations and game adaptations can be made to suit participants’ needs and capabilities.

For further information about the club, contact Paul Brewer at paul@imptravel.co.uk or John Mulhall on 07881 851 500 or via johnmulcon@aol.com

Games currently take place at Welton Manor Park on Thursdays, from 11am-midday, although other days may be considered.