Chair of EFL Trust visits Walking Football

As the nights draw in and the winter chill takes over, the Nottingham Forest walking football programme continues to see strong numbers week in, week out, as the walking footballers lace up their boots and take to the pitch, no matter what the weather.

The Nottingham Forest walking football programme, a slow-paced version of the beautiful game, is a great way for over 50s to get active, make friends and improve their physical and mental wellbeing, regardless of football ability.

Walking football gives participants the opportunity to play and train with like-minded individuals, play competitively in organised tournaments, or simply socialise and have fun while reconnecting with the game they love.

As part of the run up to Christmas, the Trust recently held a festive-themed session at The Forest Sports Zone and welcomed the Chair of the English Football League Trust (EFLT), Liam Scully to the session who took time out of his busy schedule to watch the players in action.

The EFLT is the charitable arm of the English Football League (EFL) and their vision is to create stronger, healthier and more active communities. The EFL Trust engages with over 880,000 participants and invests over £59million into communities every year.

After the session, Liam had the chance to speak to participants about the positive impact the programme has had on their lives, with some of the players describing how it had improved their physical and mental wellbeing and has been a beacon of light throughout the pandemic.

Mann Hans, a regular walking footballer said, “I’ve been playing for about a year and have found it fantastic in terms of meeting new people and getting my level of fitness up.”

Mann continued, “Meeting other people is fantastic and it doesn’t feel like exercise and an hour passes by so quickly.”

After the session, the Trust spoke to Liam who said, “Clubs’ work in the community is vital all year round, but as we approach the winter months, opportunities for fans and wider EFL community members to get together, keep fit and protect their wellbeing are vital.”

Liam continued, “It has been fantastic to catch up with the Nottingham Forest walking football group today and hear about how their session provides a lift to their mood and has positive health implications at the same time. This session is one of many that will deliver positive impact in EFL Communities in the run up to the festive period.”

If you would like to hear more about the Nottingham Forest walking football programme, please visit email elvis.ricci@nottinghamforest.co.uk

Chair of EFL Trust visits Walking Football

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