With former Leyton Orient FC player Peter Kitchen announced as ambassador, our walking football programme continues to go from strength to strength after an initial six week pilot ran in October 2015. Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of their age or gender, as well as getting those back playing football who perhaps had to stop due to injuries. Walking football follows the same rules as normal football except you cannot run and you cannot slide tackle. Many professional clubs use this method in training to teach their players to be comfortable on the ball and it has more recently been promoted by the NHS as a great way to keep fit and make new friends for all ages. Our programme is open to men and women over 50 years of age to take part regardless of ability or previous experience. No specific equipment or prior experience is needed; just turn up in sporty attire wearing trainers or indoor astro turf shoes (no studs), you’ll also need to bring shin pads and a drink too. The sport is non-contact and a great way to make new friends and socialise. Sessions will be held indoors and so will take place whatever the weather!

 

When and where do sessions take place?

Our current sessions run as follows: 

Whitechapel Sports Centre - Mondays 11.30am to 12.30pm (Over 50's)

Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5JY - Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm (Over 50's)

Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5JY - Thursdays 11.00am to 12.00pm (Over 50's)

Score Centre, 100 Oliver Road, Leyton, E10 5JY - Fridays 11.00am to 12.00pm (Over 60's only)

 

Walking football is so much fun! I’ve made lots of new friends and even though it’s walking, it gives you a good workout, I’d definitely recommend it!
— David, Participant
 

How do I get involved?

Sessions are turn up and play with a cost of £3.00 per session. Please arrive slightly earlier than the start time on your first session to complete a short registration form before playing. If you have any questions or would like to find out further details, please get in touch with Phillip Smith, Head of Health and Wellbeing via email phillip.smith@leytonorienttrust.org.uk or via phone: 020 8556 5973 Alternatively, complete the form below and we'll get back to you to answer your query or confirm your place.

 

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