Walking football keeps players active

PUBLISHED: 08:40 18 May 2014

Geoff Twentyman visiting Westons FCs Sports Active Seagulls charity over50s walking football session.

Geoff Twentyman visiting Westons FCs Sports Active Seagulls charity over50s walking football session.

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A FOOTBALL session with a bit of difference took place in Weston this week.

The walking football scheme is designed for players aged 50 and above and those with long-term health difficulties or disabilities.

The rules are the same as normal football – aside from the obvious difference that players cannot run.

Weston Football Club’s sports hall often holds the sessions but when the weather is sunny some of them are held outside.

Former Bristol Rovers and Preston North End footballer Geoff Twentyman popped into the Woodspring Stadium on Tuesday to see one of the sessions for himself.

Geoff Stevens, who runs the club’s Sports Active Seagulls Community Trust, said it improves the players’ health and allows them to get back into a sport they love.

The 10-week walking football initiative is being funded by the Somerset Football Association.

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