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Walking Football Aged 40+ looking to get back into the beautiful game? Then this is the perfect football training session for you! As seen on BBC Breakfast, Fifa Futbol Mundial and featured in 442 Magazine. Sessions are tailored to the needs of the group meaning whatever level of fitness, you will fit right in! It is a great opportunity to make friends and have fun playing the sport we all love. Never too late to give it a go! What We Offer The aim of these sessions are to provide a safe and enjoyable football activity for people aged 50+ in the local community. Walking Football is a slower version of the beautiful game, which is a minimal contact sport with one main difference to standard football – no running! It is a great way to keep fit, learn new skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time. To achieve this we currently provide weekly activities to the community and those who want to play can do so in our very own teams. WEEKLY SESSIONS We currently work with Bridging the Gap project and BEATS to deliver a walking football session at Castle Leisure Centre, Tuesdays 11.15am-12pm. The sessions only costs £3.50 per session or free for gym members. These sessions are heavily game focused and are based around having fun and playing recreational football. They give everyone who attends the opportunity to participate in a fun sport that can be enjoyed by all. Walking football offers a multitude of health benefits to older people such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Positive changes in postural balance, blood pressure and resting heart rate, lowered cholesterol, improved blood sugar levels, bone density and improving reactions, whilst slashing the odds of suffering from type 2 diabetes – all indicators of general good health. Walking football is an excellent way of staying fit and healthy. BURY RELICS – THE WF TEAM Off the back of the weekly session, this year has seen our teams grow and we now have three teams at over 50’s, over 60’s and over 70’s who have all entered the local Greater Manchester league as Bury Relics. Walking football teams from around Greater Manchester that play once a month at Heywood Sports Village. Last Season: As this was the Relics’ first year as a formed and competitive team we are overwhelmed with the results. After numerous games each month the final games came down to goal difference to decided who topped the league and got promotion. After a nervous wait it was announced that Bury Relics came runners up! This was a huge achievement after the team was so new. We are immensely proud of all the players in the Relics team but also all the support they receive from other participants at our Tuesday sessions. A special thanks goes to Keiran Tilley, who’s organisation and passion to get a team together and enter the league was outstanding.

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Bury The Flab BURY the FLAB is a new football league for males with a BMI in excess of 25. The concept is very simple; individuals or groups of friends will sign up and be allocated a team that they will be part of for the season. It will be played in a 6-a-side format with squads of 9-10 players with rolling subs. Each week, teams will line-up against each other and the team that has lost the most weight, will take a one-goal advantage onto the field of play before a ball is kicked. Bury the FLAB is a weight loss programme aimed at supporting participants to keep active and loose weight whilst playing football and socialising with peers. If your team loose weight you gain a goal head start in the tournament matches. Games will take place at PlayFootball situated at Bury College, and Sam Narusawa from Play Football said: "It's fantastic to get a new league starting up. There will be some talented guys who have probably not kicked a ball for 20 years that would love to get into the league and rekindle their love for playing the game. The plan is that this will become a part of the many leagues that we have at Play Football and I can't wait to see how things map out.” All we ask is to bring suitable footwear for a 4G pitch and shin pads must be worn at all times. There will be a member from team to welcome you and take some brief information and then you are good to go! Session Information: Place: Playfootabll, Bury College Age: 18+ Time: Wednesday 7:30pm-8:00pm (Weigh in’s) 8:00pm - 9:00pm (Football) Cost: £5 per week

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