The University of Winchester is offering free walking football to local residents over the age of 50. This will take place at the main Sparkford Road campus every Thursday morning from 10.30 to 11.30.
Anyone interested in playing should go to the main entrance in Sparkford Road where they will be welcomed and shown to the pitches. The new astro pitches are of a reduced size, fully enclosed and perfect for 5 a side games. Student sport helpers will be on hand to provide advice, encouragement and support. There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits available.
Alastair Loadman, Senior Lecturer at the University and a member of Eastleigh Walking Football Club, said:
The government wants us all to be physically active, but there are very few places which offer free physical activity. These sessions do just that. Walking football is a slower paced version of the beautiful game, ideal for the older player. This is a great opportunity for local people to come and use the University’s facilities, have some fun and get physically active for about an hour every week. There will be plenty of time to have a drink between matches and chat to other players, staff and students who are there to help and support. It is intended to be fun and informal, we are not training the England squad! Everybody is welcome. All equipment is provided, players just need to wear trainers on the astro. Studies have shown that walking football brings lots of benefits to participants, and we hope many of our near neighbours will join in.
Alastair Loadman with Eastleigh Walking Football Club
Ella Kendrick, University of Winchester, Sparkford Rd, Winchester SO224NR
Tel: 01962 826399