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The Beautiful Game - At Walking Pace!

Wolves Community Trust have teamed up with Wolverhampton-based Secure Healthcare Solutions to continue to bring walking football to the city this season.

Walking football is a growing national phenomenon aimed at helping the over 40s and those with limited mobility to remain fit and active, while still pursuing their love for football in a fun and sociable environment.

The basic premise behind the six-a-side sport, which can be played either indoors or outdoors, is that running is not allowed. Additionally, there’s low impact tackling and the ball must remain below head height.

The sessions run by WCT have now received added backing with a partnership with Secure Healthcare Solutions, which was officially launched at Compton Park, attended by first team players Roderick Miranda, Ruben Vinagre, Leo Bonatini and Ivan Cavaleiro.

Roderick said: “I have no doubt that these walking football sessions will become very popular. It’s a fun activity and it lets older people continue playing the sport they love.”

Local entrepreneur Robbie Steeles is the founder of Secure Healthcare Solutions, which offers a Home Care service to those with limited mobility, as well as to the elderly and children and adults with mental health problems or learning disabilities, through a variety of support. This includes housekeeping, personal care, companionship, respite care and medication management.

He said: “We know first-hand how crucial it is for people’s health and wellbeing that they try to be as active and sociable as possible.

"Walking football is a great way to achieve both these and it is something that can be done by almost everyone.

"There are also many people in the city who live very isolated lives due to their limited mobility, so I’d definitely encourage them to get involved with walking football.”

Will Clowes, Wolves Community Trust general manager, said: “The trust supports the local community through delivering projects relevant to sport, health, education, inclusion and community donations.

"Each year, the projects delivered by WCT reach around 25,000 local residents of all ages, genders, socio-economic and ethnic demographics.

“Over 4,000 participants are engaged in sports programmes alone, with over 85 weekly sessions being delivered to the communities.

"Football is played by people of all ages and abilities, but as people get older they naturally become less mobile and that’s what’s so great about walking football.

"It’s the ideal activity for those who want to continue playing, being active and enjoying the beautiful game, but without the intensity and physical demands.”

* The walking football sessions take place at Bert Williams Leisure Centre, The Dormston Centre and Wolverhampton College (Wellington Road Campus). For further information on days and times please contact Rachel Smith on rachelsmith@wolves.co.uk or 01902 687038/ 07532 411 166.