Walking Football has continued to grow in the nation’s capital, with registrations tripling in the past couple of years.
Designed for players over the age of 45, Walking Football adopts a number of modified football rules, including no tackling, running or knocking the ball above head height.
Capital Football’s Game Development Manager, Kelly Stirton, claimed the summer competition is now being hosted at two different venues (Mawson Playing Fields and Hawker Football Centre) to deal with the increase in numbers.
“One of the strong appeals of the competition is the social aspect the sport brings,” Stirton said.
“We have individuals who joined, we placed them in a team, and now these teams have been together for two seasons.
“Not only does it improve their physical health, Walking Football has mental health benefits for the older generation, helping them get away from everyday life just by enjoying kicking a ball around.”
Stirton hopes more Canberrans will give the sport a chance.
“Most of the growth has come from word of mouth, with participants recruiting their friends and club teammates,” she continued.
“We are hoping that the sport continues to grow and that clubs take hold of the program so that players who may have retired from ‘normal’ football can stay involved in the sport.”