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Walking Football update

When you see the U’s endlessly running up and down the pitch, it’s easy to think: ‘I could never do that. I’m too old/unfit/untalented.’ This lack of confidence can stop people from even lacing up their trainers. At Cambridge United Community Trust, our Health programme is designed to engage people in sport, no matter their ability or (lack of) previous experience; one of our regular sessions is Walking Football.

Our Walking Football sessions take place every Thursday from 11am – 12pm at the Abbey Leisure Complex, followed by lunch at the Abbey Arms at the stadium. When the sessions began, they consisted of short football drills, but as the participants’ fitness has improved, the sessions start with a warm-up before getting into 5-a-side matches. The recent hot weather has also not been a deterrent – a recent session had 20 people attending!

The ‘Ambling Amber Army’, as they are known, has also played against other teams, including the FA People’s Cup earlier this year. They had a great tournament, beginning with three victories, before conceding two and drawing one.

Derek Wall is a regular attendee at Walking Football. When asked about his experiences, he said that the best part of the group is ‘meeting up with other people’ and that ‘you often find that there’s connections’. Derek also said that Walking Football has helped him because his arms and legs are stronger, which allowed him to walk up volcanoes and mountains on his last holiday!

Andrew Stephen is another attendee who is full of praise for the sessions. He said: ‘it is a very supportive environment and it’s very good for your health too’.

Cambridge City Council also came to one of our sessions; to see our players in action, make sure to watch their video here:

Walking Football is organised by Phil Mullen, the Disability Officer for Cambridge United Community Trust. He said: 'I really enjoy coaching the walking football sessions. It’s fantastic to see players developing not only from a physical point of view i.e learning new football skills and improving health & fitness, But also from a mental health and wellbeing side. It’s great to see players growing in confidence and forming new friendships.'

Our Walking Football sessions are mixed-gender and open to all over 50s, irrespective of ability or experience. If you would like to get involved in Walking Football, please contact communitytrust@cambridge-united.co.uk.

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