Age: 52 Club Position: Chairman Playing Position: Defender
Why WF: I started walking football in early 2015. I had always played a variety of competitive sports in my younger days and I thought that this would be a great way to get back into football. It is a fantastic game, it is great for fitness and we have a great bunch of lads who turn out every week.Our Club caters for those who want to just play for fun to those who want to play in tournaments with a real competitive edge. Try it.....you won't be disappointed!
Age: 51 Club Position: Club & Fixtures Secretary / Captain Playing Position: Various
Why walking football ? : Whilst the club sessions are great fun with a good bunch of lads and great for fitness my real love is for competitive walking football, its fast and very competitive against players/teams of a very good standard.
Quote : "Think walking football is too slow ? .... try it ! "
Age: 53 Club Position: Club Treasurer Position: Various
Why walking football? : I love playing football.
I thought that injuries suffered playing football in my earlier years would prohibit me playing any sort of football again
until I started playing walking football, and realising that it is what it says on the tin.
We play enjoyable, fun football (the pace varies based on the weather/temperature/referee!) and competitive tournament football, the mix is excellent.
The facilities at Poolfoot (Fleetwoods training ground) are excellent, and as my wife comes to watch me play, then that shows
they must be good, because she doesn't come for the football!!
The other guys are a great mix of the good, the bad and the ugly, but it really doesn't matter because everyone enjoys the football
come rain or shine.
Quote : "The camaraderie is outstanding. Long may it continue!!"
Age: 51 Club Position: Playing Member Position: Sweeper / Midfield
Why walking football? : I gave up playing when I got married, being so active as a youngster my body seized up and didn't know what had hit it (suffering many years of back problems and not being able to take up the sport again).
But now that I have found walking football it has given me a new lease of life....
Quote : "I challenge anyone - not to like it! "
Age: 59 Club Position: Vice Treasurer Position: Midfield
I had to finish playing football at 26 with a knee injury, which worsened until it was sorted by surgery in 2010. Walking football provides the exercise, competition, banter and everything else associated with team sports that I really enjoyed. Don't knock it until you've tried it!
Age: 62 Club Position: Committee Member Position: Defender
62 years young. Retired Nuclear fuel manufacturing plant controller. Walking football enables me to continue playing the game I love, and I have the pleasure of mixing with a great set of like minded people, with the benefit of contributing to my personal fitness.
Age: 71 Club Position: Committee Member Position: Goalkeeper
I am almost 72 but believe me, when I pull my kit and boots on, I am 22 again... Well in my head that is, OK the knees still haven't got the message yet but when I'm either getting kitted up, or out on the pitch with my team mates the feelings of 50 years ago come flooding back ...... I LOVE IT !
Age: 59 Club Position: Committee Member Position: Defence/Midfield
My name's Rob I'm 59 years old and last played competitive football 30 years ago.
These past eight years have been a difficult time for me after caring for my mum and losing her to stroke and dementia.
I'm well on the way to recovery and Fleetwood Town Walking Football Club have played a vital part in that recovery.
Playing football which I love and with such a great bunch of guy's, has not only been good for my physical wellbeing, but also my mental health. This social inclusion has in turn helped with my anxiety and depression issues.
It's fantastic and remember you're never too old.
Age: 72 Club Position: Player Position: Defender
How I started walking football :-
First of all I can explain how I was twelve months ago. I was a kind of recluse my day comprised of great difficulty getting out of bed having breakfast going to shop for a paper in the car, in the car so I wouldn't meet any one and have to talk . Home then curl up on settee and mope all day feeling all the world was against me. I had a knock on my door a neighbour of ours had fallen, he was also a stroke victim I was asked to take him to the walk in centre at Fleetwood, while I was waiting for him I was sat alone and just happened to see a poster on the notice board WALKING FOOTBALL. I got home and plucked up the courage to ring the number. I think I spoke to Jason Sharp who explained what was needed for me to attend the sessions. The next step was to attend. I missed the first three sessions I got ready but couldn't`t find the courage to turn up. Finally my wife Brenda gave me an ultimatum and when she gives you one of them you have to obey. It was strange when I got to Fuse for the first time all the chaps were stood talking and me a few yards away, then I think it was Mike who came to me and asked if I was new and he introduced me to the women from Age concern who took my details and then it was off to start my first session of walking football. As well as the depression problems I also have a balance problem and every time I turned I fell over, but all the lads were great there was always someone there to help you up see if you were ok . After the first session when I got home it felt like I had two lumps instead of thighs , I think I had tried too hard to impress and was suffering for it . I found that even though I was a regular footballer in my younger days I had to learn how to kick a ball again . This took me a few weeks and as my ability improved so did my confidence , from being very quiet and not saying a boo to a goose I became a right gobby so and so. I don`t think that the football alone is the total cure for my problem but it certainly helps . As well as the mental side of things a few years ago I had two knee replacements and I thought I wouldn't`t be able to do anything sporty again I was even a bit reluctant to kick a ball with my grandson. Now I feel like I am 27 and not 72 I can fully recommend anyone over the age of 50 to seriously try walking football it has given me the confidence to meet with people and have a normal conversation without shying away and standing in the corner. The crack that we have is second to none we all try to get the better of one another with joking and messing about which only adds to the benefit you get from spending time with some great guys. I must state that on its own walking football is not a cure for my problems but it's a big help. I still have to take what I call dizzy pills and loopy pills , making fun about anything and everything is now a priority because that's what walking football is all about . Another saying comes to mind (you can only get out what you put in) I try to attend all sessions and games even if I do not play as just attending is as much fun.
Age: 61Club Position: Player Position: Defender
Why walking football? : I Took up waking footie to relive the game.
I have type 2 Diabetes and since playing I have lost two stone and my blood levels are great....
Quote : "Great bunch of guys not just Fleetwood but all the teams we meet."
Pete was first recipient of the periodic Flyer's Clubman Award for his outstanding contribution to the squad both as a player and with hospitality.
Age: 53 Club Position: Player Position: Forward
Why walking football? : I have been playing walking football for a year now and its a great way of keeping fit.
Quote : "Need more women playing! "
Age: 60 Club Position: Player Position: Utility
Why walking football? In my formative years football was for me the only sport and I was achieving a reasonable standard. I then joined the Royal Navy to become an Artificer (Marine Electrical), my talents (sport wise) were seen to lay in other directions like track athletics (sprints) and rugby (Union). However with age I slowed down and the body became more fragile it was social football for me. Since becoming a civilian my exercise reduced to walking the dog and swimming daily, then the shock one of my grandsons came along who loves football with a passion and grandad has to go to his matches, his training and take part in his back garden premier league. I realised the flame was still burning and on seeing an advertisement for walking football I decided to give it a go. The first step was not easy, it took a month or more to actually turn up to a session, but worry not, on arrival I could not have felt more welcomed. It was like being with your mates back in the park or street as kids. Being 50, 60 or 70+ does not bar you from this wonderful game, you can be as serious as you wish or you can just enjoy the kick around. You will be welcome and remember you may not be as good as you once were but you can be as good once as you ever were.
"Carpe diem" - "seize the day". Give walking football a go, it's as good as you think.
Age:63 Club Position: Player Position: Goalkeeper / Defense
I underwent major heart bypass surgery in May 2016. Last July after being encouraged by my family I joined FTFWFC. Since then my health has gone from strength to strength as well as losing over 3 stone. It's also great playing good football with such a fantastic squad of players. So come on down and try it. You won't regret it.
Age:64 Club Position: Player Position: Utility
I'm 64 and I started playing Monday night Walking Football about 10 weeks ago. I went along to Poolfoot on my own but left feeling part of a team, having been made very welcome by everyone.
The camaraderie and support helped restore my confidence and gave me back the team spirit I'd missed over the past 30 years.
There are regular email updates both for fixtures and social events which give you a chance to meet the players from the other teams. Give it a try!
Age:67 Club Position: Player Position: Various
Why Walking Football
When I saw the advert in The Fleetwood Weekly News for a chance to play Walking Football for the over 50s, I thought it too good to be true, especially for a 65 year old with an arthritic knee and foot.
As I left home for my first session my wife said that I "looked like a kid in a sweety shop" When I got home she said "you could do with a couple of paramedics to get you out the car" Since then, my fitness has improved ---- I can now get out of the car on my own!
Seriously, on occasion, I've been pulled up for running! Says it all really!
The facilities are tremendous, the camaraderie among the lads is great - as is the teamwork and banter - oh, and of course the nights out.
Come and have a go. You never know what you can achieve at any age.
Age: 69 Club Position: Player Position: Various
Football is not my natural sport. In fact, I am quite uncoordinated when it comes to anything involving racket or bat and ball and hand or foot and ball. Additionally I have had a heart attack, which limits some of the activities I can wisely partake in.
At the end of the 2016 academic year I found myself retired after many years in education as a lecturer, manager and quality assurance auditor, the later role of which involved extensive travel visiting schools, colleges and training providers both in the UK and internationally. I had planned to have a ‘wind down’ year in the 2017 academic year before finally packing up. However circumstances changed, the goal posts moved and I found myself packing up earlier than planned and, though not evident at the time, totally unprepared; both financially and, more importantly, psychologically. The change was dramatic. One minute I was chasing my tail, getting on and off planes, trains or driving followed by the inevitable writing of reports and the next? Nothing! No emails. No phone calls. No reports. No flights or hotels to book. No visits to plan for. No people to talk to. Did I exist?
Used to helping out at home as part of our daily routine, the sudden realisation of not having a ‘commitment’ hit me like a meteorite. I felt empty, of little value, lethargic and disposed of like the used beer can. I tried to find a suitable part-time job, but found I was overqualified or the location was not a practical proposition. The depression deepened along with an increase in frustration and stress. Though troubled, I recognised I needed some help, both professional and something else, which would ‘drive’ me to keep my fitness up, engage me in interacting with others and both challenge and stimulate the mind. I undertook a voluntary role, accessed professional help and, having seen a display of walking football by the ‘Flyers’, searched the website and emailed the secretary to see if I could pop along to one of the sessions. I quickly received a reply, was encouraged to visit on a Wednesday lunchtime and the rest is history.
I almost didn’t make it, my feeling of inadequacy and lack of confidence was a concern. I need not have worried. Everyone is very welcoming, supportive and besides having a ‘kick around’, which is my own objective, enter teams in various competitions as well as organising a great ‘social evening’ every couple of months.
I would recommend attending a session to anyone. For me, joining Fleetwood Flyers is an experience of significant positive benefit. It is also affordable. Why not try it?