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!
Club Position: Player Playing Position: Forward
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 ! "
Club Position: Captain Position: Defence
Why walking football. After 10yrs or so on the side line coaching and managing other players I thought my playing days were behind me, then I saw an advert for walking football at Fleetwood, went to my first training session and found it was fun and everyone was friendly. So give it a go you just might be surprised how much you like it.
Club Position: Fixtures Secretary 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! "
Club Position: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!
Club Position: Vice Treasurer Position: Defender
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. I am also the Manager of our over 65's squad.
Club Position: Committee Member Position: Midfield
Recently converted to walking football from setting up a 5 a side group to help with fitness, however was unable to keep up with all the youngsters!!
Very welcoming club ,with a great set of guys ,which has really helped me to get over recent post traumatic stress following family bereavement.
Really enjoy the tournaments which can be very competitive!
The club is a credit to all those involved especially the ones that obviously spend a considerable amount of time to get it where it is.
Long may it continue!
Club Position: Club Secretary Position: Defence/Wingback/Midfield
After many years of caring for my mum and then losing her to stroke and vascular dementia, I was diagnosed with having anxiety, depression and P.T.S.D. Since joining Fleetwood Town Flyers F.C. in 2016, it has played a vital role in helping me with my mental health, through these difficult times. Playing football again, which I love and being part of such a fantastic club, with such a great bunch of guys, continues to open doors both socially and in respect of my physical wellbeing.
Club Position: Player Position: Defender
How I started walking football :-
First of all I can explain how I was a few years 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 Poolfoot 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 again and 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.
Club Position: Player Position:Midfield
I had a love of football from an early age and played up to my teens but due to work commitments it wasn't
possible to play (working away from home) so some years later I now have time to renew my passion for
the game playing with Fleetwood Town Flyers has given me an opportunity l
thought had passed.
My fitness levels have improved tenfold & look forward to the weekly sessions so
if you are eager for a challenge give walking football a serious thought
with a very well run club & great bunch of fellow players.
Club Position: Player Position: Forward
Why walking football? : I have been playing walking football for a few years now and its a great way of keeping fit.
Since I started playing walking football a few years ago, I have lost 2 stone in weight. Feel so much fitter and 15 years younger. Whatever your skill or fitness level you are made really welcome and in no time at all you are one of the "boys". Easy to join, just turn up and say hello to one of the Flyers. It really is the "Field Of Dreams". Great bunch of guys Your new friends are waiting to meet you.
Club Position: Player Position: Goalkeeper / Defense
I underwent major heart bypass surgery in May 2016. Following this i was encouraged by my family to join 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.
Club Position: Player Position: Utility
I started playing Monday night Walking Football a couple of years 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!
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.
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?
Club Position: Player/ Committee Member Position: Midfield
Playing walking football has created a good outlet for fitness and friendship.
Age is just a number so if you are 50 plus come and join us and enjoy the game.
Club Position: Player Position: Midfield
Having always played Sunday league and 5-a-side I started walking football as a way of playing at a reasonable standard with guys my age. Win or lose I enjoy the slightly faster pace games on a Friday evening and the friendly banter on and off the field.
Quote: Give it a go, you'll have fun and once in a while remember you were a half-decent player!
Club Position: Player Position: Left Back
I started playing walking football with Fleetwood Town Flyers a few years ago and it has changed my life, honestly. I lost over two stone, quickly became addicted and I try to play four times a week after thinking I would never get the chance to play football again.
Its a great bunch of guys to play football with, great camaraderie and they have even given me a nickname of The Rhino!!
Club Position: Player Position: Forward
In March 2017 my brother-in-law contacted me to say he’d joined the walking football group at Fleetwood Town Flyers and asked if I was interested. Well...I was, so I enrolled as soon as I could. I was greeted by a great bunch of guys and was made to feel very welcome.
Throughout my time with the Flyers, I’ve made some good friends had some great times on the pitch and also socially away from the training ground.
I would (and often do) thoroughly recommend anybody to come along and join in. The group really does accommodate all levels of fitness and ability and provides a real opportunity to mix with like minded (football) people in a great social environment.
Quote: As Nike say “Just Do it”
I have been a member for a few years now, like many of my team mates I have had my share of life's problems having been told many years ago that most sports would be a thing of the past following back surgery to recently looking after my father and losing him to dementia. Coming along to our weekly sessions was one of the best things I ever did, the fun you have and the friends you make are something you can't buy and I totally recommend it to anyone who is unsure or nervous about giving it a go. I promise you it's something you won't regret.
Having played football for many years I was initially sceptical when a friend suggested I join the Fleetwood Town Flyers walking football team but I have been delighted to find the various weekly sessions well organised and people from a range of age groups and backgrounds taking part.
The tournaments are much more challenging and competitive than I had expected but also extremely enjoyable. The club also offers a variety of social events which again are a credit to the club. I would thoroughly recommend walking football and especially Fleetwood Town Flyers to anyone looking for a new challenge or just to meet like-minded people.
After being diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer in March 2018 and undergoing radiotherapy/hormone treatment, my health took a real battering. This impacted greatly on my general mood and overall confidence. The treatment meant I’d gained a significant amount of weight, I was tired, dizzy and suffering with joint and muscle pain. My daughter saw a post about walking football on social media and encouraged me to attend. It’s great to meet blokes who are a similar age as me with similar fitness issues. Attending the sessions has lifted my mood greatly and has given me something to look forward to each week.
It’s great craic on and off the pitch. I’d encourage anyone over 50 to give walking football a go. The facilities at Poolfoot are super, the lads are welcoming and it’s great to blow the cobwebs away doing something I really enjoy.
I've been playing walking football for a few years, the fastest growing sport in the UK and wish I could have played 20 years ago.
It's a great way to keep fit, gets you out of the house and you meet new people and make new friends. You will receive a very warm welcome down at Poolfoot, brilliant facilities and a nice bunch of guys. Whatever your fitness levels or technical ability there's a place for you.
You might think 'Walking Football' Nah! But it's quicker than that. I've encouraged many people to join in, you won't regret it.
I moved to Cleveleys a few years ago having retired not knowing anybody. I had played football all my adult life as well as other sports, the first thing I did once I settled in was to see what sport I could join in. The first thing that popped up was walking football. I had never played it and wondered if it would be for me. I enquired on line and was invited down so I thought I would give it a go. A few years later I'm still playing and have made a lot of friends.
The best thing is there's all ages of players all with different styles all wanting to keep fit and enjoy the games. There's all different days and times to suit everybody's lifestyle. There's not just the football there's the different people you meet and all the other non football events that are put on. Look at the times and days and give it a go you'll be surprised at what you can achieve!
I have been into football since 10 years of age. I played a good standard until 1969 when I joined the Royal Navy. I played many games whilst abroad and was a player in the Royal Navy team. On leaving the RN I carried on playing up to 1984 when I played in my last season. I then moved to Somerset with the intention of retiring from football. Then I got my 6 year old son playing and I was asked if I had ever played, I answered yes and the result was I started playing again. I played until 1999 when I did retire and went into managing and coaching, but I still played competitive 5-a-side indoors. This stopped when I moved up north in 2015. I have been wanting to do something to keep me active and get my fitness back. I have never played walking football before but thought it would be a good way to get back into something I love doing. It's not as easy as first imagined but I would recommend it to anyone. It is good from a social aspect and there is great camaraderie and banter with your team mates.
Club Position: Player Position: Goalkeeper
I thought my football days were over years ago so concentrated on cricket. When I heard of walking football I came down and met a smashing bunch of guys, it keeps me fit and we have competitive matches which keeps us motivated. I play goalie and really enjoy it. We also have great nights out and a super Xmas party to look forward to. Give it a try!
Walking football that's not for me, how wrong can a person be! I gave it a try and its one of the best things I've done in my later years, I'm playing in the clubs league teams and I feel like I'm 25 again. Trust me it's not walking football as people may think, if you've played football and wish to meet some very nice guys of a certain age, that understand you in your 50s 60s 70s, then PLEASE give it a try. I'm in my 60's and we have some very good players here. It keeps you fit and in good health and as we get older that's the most important thing in our lives. Here at Fleetwood everyone, no matter what skill level they are, are made very welcome, what a superb set up it is.