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Dolly Blues to begin taster walking football sessions

Lancaster City are hosting two taster walking football sessions, for those who would like to try the sport at a slower pace.

The first of those is this evening, between 6.30pm and 8pm, on the pitches next to Giant Axe.

They’re being organised by Phil Dawson, Lancaster City’s club photographer, who says they are aimed at anyone who feels that they can’t play football normally.

Phil told Beyond Radio: ‘’I started a walking football club at the club I was previously involved with, Vale of Leven, which had people from all walks of life playing.

‘’35 years old was the youngest person we had, and people of around 80 were the oldest. We had people who had suffered heart attacks and people with major back problems and other illnesses playing.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the sessions, can do so in trainers, with no requirement for boots or additional kit.

Phil adds: “We will be moving onto a 4G pitch on 6th October. We will start off as a club who play for enjoyment, but if there are a section of guys who want to play against other teams, then that’s also great.

‘’For the majority, it’ll be a case of getting themselves playing and socialising, feeling the benefits of walking football. It won’t be coached, it’ll just be playing the game and having fun.

“People can get out there and make new friends so don’t have to feel lonely. There’s lots of physical benefits too – your balance, strength and stamina all get built up.”

People who’ve played before say that playing has led to their heart rate and blood pressure lowering.

The rules for walking football are as follows:

  • No running with or without the ball
  • A third running offence is a penalty to the opposing team
  • No slide tackles or tackling from behind
  • No heading
  • 3-touch football
  • Ball height restriction rule: play to crossbar or head height (depending on goal size)
  • Outfield players not allowed in penalty area, just goalkeeper
  • 1 Step run up for Penalties
  • Kick-ins, not throw-ins
  • No scoring from own half
  • Goalkeeper can throw (to height restriction) and kick at any time (in their box)
  • Pass backs are allowed but keeper cannot pass ball back to same player.
  • Respect your teammates and opponents, and enjoy

People can turn up to the first two sessions, but once the club start moving to a different location in October, it will be £3 per person per week to play.

For any questions you may have about the sessions, contact Phil Dawson on 07814 540035, or email walkingfootball@lancastercityfc.com.

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