Euro glory inspires walking football

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Euro glory inspires walking football

Over-50s residents inspired by watching English football's European success can enjoy playing the sport at a leisurely pace - by joining new walking football sessions in Bexhill.

The sport offers older people and those not as active as they used to be to get involved in the beautiful game, get some exercise and make new friends.

Organisers hope interest will be boosted by the fact English clubs have for the first time grabbed all four spots in next week's UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals.

The sessions will run at Bexhill Leisure Centre on Wednesday mornings and are free during May, with a small charge applying thereafter.

Adrian Gaylon, Rother District Council sports development officer, said: "The football season may be coming to an end but that doesn't mean the action has to stop.

"Walking football is a great chance for people who maybe thought their playing days were over to get back into the game at a more relaxed pace.

"We'd encourage people to come along and give it a try and benefit from being more active. Additionally there is the chance to talk football and make meet new people."

The one-hour sessions are run by Active Rother, the district council's partnership aimed at encouraging people to boost their health and fitness by getting active, supported by Freedom Leisure.

The new session links to an existing group but is particularly aimed at newer people wanting to try the sport.

Booking is not required - people can just turn up at Bexhill Leisure Centre on Wednesday, May 22 or 29 2019 at 9.15am for a 9.30am start.

More information is available by calling the leisure centre on 01424 731171.

Published on Tuesday, May 21 2019

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