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Walking Football Update

7 February 2019

The new year has seen continued growth in numbers at our walking football sessions, run in partnership with Bury SAPAS. The walking football sessions are headed up on the SAPAS side by former Bury FC player Lee Buggie, who has worked tirelessly to continue to grow and develop the session along with his army of volunteers.

Walking football is open to anybody over the age of 50, and more recently anybody else within the community whose physical and mental health could benefit from exercise in a welcoming and friendly environment. There are usually 2 separate games of walking football happening, one is a slower, easier pace for those who want to ease themselves in, the other is more competitive. With the guidance of both Lee, and volunteer Keiran Tilley, the competitive team became the Bury Relics Walking Football Team.

The Relics currently play in the Greater Manchester Walking Football League, and in their autumn league finished in second place which is a fantastic achievement for a team who have only been together for a year. They are currently on a winter break, with a spring league due to resume in March. In this league, we have now got three teams entered; an over 50’s, over 60’s and over 70’s Team.

The poor weather hasn’t deterred our participants coming along to sessions, with over 28 players each week. There is always room for more people. If walking football looks like something you would like to try, why not just come along to a session and give it a go. It doesn’t matter if you are overweight, have a disability or if you are fit as a fiddle, walking football may just be the sport for you. We have players with a range of different abilities that attend our sessions.

Our sessions are at Castle Leisure Centre every Tuesday 11am-12, just come along and give it a go!


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