Walking Football

Walking Football

You'll Never Walk Alone

Walking football is a slower version of the beautiful game and is designed to give players who may not be able to play regular football the opportunity to continue playing – it is proving to be particularly popular with players in the ‘twilight’ of their footballing careers.

Other than walking as opposed to running, the rules are the same as the regular version of the game, so individuals who may not have played for years or perhaps suffer from a mobility injury can play again in confidence.

The sessions are recreational, light-hearted and most importantly – fun!

Get In Touch

Gareth Thomas
Football Development Officer (Adult)

(E): 
Gareth.Thomas@StaffordshireFA.com
(T): 01785 256994 (ext. 207)
(M): 07815 295723

The demand for walking football has significantly increased in recent years, with players ranging from their 50’s right up to their 80’s, showing the variation of those wanting to get involved in the game.

Participants so far have commented on how the slower nature of the game allows older players to return to a sport they once loved, but have had no means to get back involved or methods of finding like-minded people.

Walking football provides an opportunity for participants to be able to kick a football again and re-live their years of being part of a football team.

The cup of tea after the game and the post-match banter is another enjoyable part of the sessions - adding a social element to a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

How to get involved

To support the ongoing development of Walking Football, we have put together a Walking Football toolkit which is aimed at individuals, organisations, groups and clubs who may wish to set up and deliver a Walking Football session, or to support existing Walking Football sessions to grow. The FA have developed the resource in partnership with Age UK, County FA’s and established Walking Football groups and it’s the first stage in a series of developments that will further support the growth of Walking Football.

Walking football Sessions in Staffordshire

Please find below a growing list of Walking Football sessions currently taking place across Staffordshire, along with the relevant information and contact details for each session:

Venue: Alleyenes Sports Centre, Oulton Road, Stone, ST15 8DR
Details: Wednesday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, £TBC
Contact: Brian Fox, fox445@btinternet.com, 07881 823119

Venue: Beaconside Sports Centre, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0AD
Details: Tuesday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, £2.20
Contact: David Crisp, david_crisp@hotmail.co.uk, 01785 618240 OR John Fearns, i.e.fearnssrj@virginmedia.com, 01889 881047

Venue: Burnthill Lane, Rugeley, WS15 2HZ
Details: Thursday, 1pm – 2pm, £2.60
Contact: Ben Boden, B.Boden@wlct.org, 01889 586260, Rugeley Leisure Centre Website

Venue: Beaconside Sports Centre, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0AD
Details: Thursday, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, £2.20
Contact: David Crisp, david_crisp@hotmail.co.uk, 01785 618240 OR John Fearns, i.e.fearnssrj@virginmedia.com, 01889 881047

Venue: De Ferrers Academy, Trent Campus, St. Mary’s Drive, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 0LL
Details: Tuesday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, £4.00
Contact: John Widdowson, johnwiddowson@burtonalbionct.org, 01283 565938

Venue: Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, Oldfields Road, Uttoxeter, ST14 7QL
Details: Tuesday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, £2.00
Contact: John Widdowson, johnwiddowson@burtonalbionct.org, 01283 565938

Venue: South Moorlands Leisure Centre, Allen Street, Cheadle, ST10 1HJ
Details: Wednesday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, £1.00
Contact: Ian Morton, crusher.2007@hotmail.com, 07594 552318, Cheadle SMU FC Website

Venue: South Moorlands Leisure Centre, Allen Street, Cheadle, ST10 1HJ
Details: Friday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, £1.00
Contact: Ian Morton, crusher.2007@hotmail.com, 07594 552318, Cheadle SMU FC Website

Venue: Chesterton Community Sports College, Castle Street, Chesterton, Newcastle, ST5 7LP
Details: Saturday, 9.30am – 11.30am, £3.00
Contact: Chris Humphries, stokeychris@btinternet.com, 07584 855884 OR Tracey Humphries, tracey.humphries@ageuknorthstaffs.org.uk, 01782 200739 / 07557 102108, Chesterton Community Website

Venue: Burntwood Leisure Centre, High Street, Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 3XH
Details: Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, £2.50
Contact: Sarah Sleigh, sportsdevelopment@lichfielddc.gov.uk, 01543 308835, Lichfield City Council Website

Venue: Burntwood Leisure Centre, High Street, Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 3XH
Details: Friday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, £2.50
Contact: Sarah Sleigh, sportsdevelopment@lichfielddc.gov.uk, 01543 308835, Lichfield City Council Website

Venue: Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre, Thames Drive, Biddulph, ST8 7HL
Details: Thursday, 4:00pm – 4:45pm, £3.00 (Female Only)
Contact: Chris Hancock, Chris.hancock01@parkwood-communityleisure.co.uk, 01782 515005, Parkwood Leisure Centre Website

Venue: Penkridge Leisure Centre, Wolgarston High School, Cannock Road, Penkridge, ST19 5RX
Details: Monday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, £TBC
Contact: Paul Jones, p.jones@sstaffs.gov.uk, 01785 714152, Penkridge Leisure Centre Website

Venue: Penkridge Leisure Centre, Wolgarston High School, Cannock Road, Penkridge, ST19 5RX
Details: Friday, 8:45am – 9:45am, £3.00
Contact: Paul Jones, p.jones@sstaffs.gov.uk, 01785 714152, Penkridge Leisure Centre Website

Venue: Co-operative Academy, Westport Road, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent, ST6 4LD
Details: Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, £3.00
Contact: Kev Sanders, kevin.sanders@port-vale.co.uk, 07760 464136 OR Tracey Humphries, tracey.humphries@ageuknorthstaffs.org.uk, 01782 200739 / 07557 102108

Venue: Burnthill Lane, Rugeley, WS15 2HZ
Details: Monday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, £3.60
Contact: Ben Boden, B.Boden@wlct.org, 01889 586260, Rugeley Leisure Centre Website

Venue: Burnthill Lane, Rugeley, WS15 2HZ
Details: Sunday, 11:00am – 12:00pm, £3.70
Contact: Ben Boden, B.Boden@wlct.org, 01889 586260, Rugeley Leisure Centre Website

Venue: Rowley Park Stadium, Averill Road, Stafford, ST17 9XX
Details: Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, £1.00
Contact: Tony Dale, adale@staffordbc.gov.uk, 01785 619603, Stafford Borough Council Website

Venue: Stoke City Academy Dome, Dennis Viollet Road, Sir Stanley Matthews Way, ST4 4TN
Details: Thursday, 12:30pm – 2:00pm, £2.50
Contact: Paul Salvatore, Paul.Salvatore@stokecityfc.com, 07866 494216, SCCT Walking Football Website

Venue: Stoke City Academy Dome, Dennis Viollet Road, Sir Stanley Matthews Way, ST4 4TN
Details: Monday. 7:45pm – 8:45pm, £2.50
Contact: Paul Salvatore, Paul.Salvatore@stokecityfc.com, 07866 494216, SCCT Walking Football Website

Venue: The Wallace Sports Centre, Abbots Road, Abbey Hulton, ST2 8DU
Details: Monday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, £1.00
Contacts: Marie Jenkins, Marie.Jenkins@stoke.gov.uk, 01782 233555, SOT Council Website

Venue: Northwood Stadium, Keelings Road, Stoke on Trent, ST1 6PB
Details: Tuesday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, £TBC
Contact: Marie Jenkins, Marie.Jenkins@stoke.gov.uk, 01782 233555, SOT Council Website

Venue: Meir Education Centre, Pickford Place, Stoke on Trent, ST3 7DY
Details: Monday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, £0 (over 55’s)
Contact: Kate Beer, kate.beer@stoke.gov.uk, 07825 732705, SOT Council Website

Venue: Dimensions Leisure Centre, Scotia Road, Stoke on Trent, ST6 4ET
Details: Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, £0 (over 55’s)
Contact: Kate Beer, kate.beer@stoke.gov.uk, 07825 732705, SOT Council Website

Venue: Oak Park Active Living Centre, Coppice Road, Walsall Wood, WS9 9BH
Details: Monday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, £3.50/£2.00 (move it)
Contact: Alan Caron, Alan.Caron@walsall.gov.uk, 01922 652266, Walsall Council Walking Football Website

Venue: Manor Farm Community Association, King George Crescent, Walsall, WS4 1EU
Details: Monday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, £2.00
Contact: Brian Morris, brianmorrisbmga@talktalk.net, 07568 086473

Venue: Sneyd Community Association, Vernon Way, Walsall, WS3 2PA
Details: Tuesday, 10:00am – 11:00am, Free
Contact: Martin Berry, martin.berry@whgrp.co.uk, 07912 999282

Venue: Blakenall Community Centre, Blakenall Row, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 1LW
Details: Thursday, 9:15am – 10:15am, £1.00
Contact: Brian Morris, brianmorrisbmga@talktalk.net, 07568 086473

Venue: Walsall Football Club, Banks’s Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA
Details: Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, £2.00
Contact: Martin Berry, martin.berry@whgrp.co.uk, 07912 999282

Venue: Banks's Soccer Centre, Aspray Arena, Sporting Khalsa, Noose Lane, Willenhall, WV13 3BB
Details: Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, £TBC
Contact: Glyn Marston, glyn.marston@hotmail.co.uk, 07588 249358

Venue: Wyrley Juniors FC, Long Lane, Essington, WS6 6AT
Details: Monday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Free
Contact: Derek Cox, derek.g.cox@btinternet.com, 07703 787239, Wyrley Juniors FC Website