Walking football is a popular, and growing, format of the game

Walking Football

Walking football is a slower paced version of the beautiful game.

Walking football encourages accessibility for participants over 50 years of age or those experiencing health problems. The slow pace, lack of physical contact, and emphasis on social cohesion create an environment rich with physical, social, and mental benefits. The sport continues to grow and develop, both recreationally and competitively, with arranged fixtures against other teams. 

Since January 2014, Kent FA has invested over £25,000 into developing Recreational Football Sessions across the county. Whether you're looking for a social kickabout or to find your competitive edge, there is something for everyone in Kent.

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Social Benefits: 
Walking Football offers incredible social benefits for casual participants. It is an opportunity to meet new people, be part of a group, and rekindle a sense of camaraderie within a team environment. Team sports build confidence, develop friendships, and encourage social opportunities beyond the football pitch. Most sessions are followed by a visit to the site café, providing everyone an opportunity to foster relationships off the field.

Mental Benefits
A study among older men in Dublin showed high levels of satisfaction and psychological rewards from walking football. Despite the physical effort, participants experienced reduced stress and a more relaxed mind. The continuous thinking and decision-making required in walking football also helps develop long-term enthusiasm for exercise (P. Reddy, Aston University).

Physical Benefits 
Active adults have a 20-30% reduced risk of premature death and a 50% lower risk of chronic disease. However, by the age of 55-64, only 32% of men meet the recommended 30 minutes of strenuous exercise five times a week. Walking football addresses this concern by helping older participants build more muscle, improve bone density, enhance cardiovascular health, and increase strength and agility, particularly in women.

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Have you thought about creating a Just Play Walking Football session for your programme?

You can apply if you are a new or existing session and access a rage of benefits by registering. To find out more please click here or contact Kelvin.Newell@KentFA.com



Every year, the Kent FA hosts two exciting cup competitions for walking football, catering to both the 50+ and 60+ age categories. These competitions bring together teams affiliated with the Kent FA from across the county, fostering community spirit and promoting the sport of walking football.

The format of the competitions typically includes group stages followed by knockout rounds, ensuring that all teams get ample opportunity to play and compete. This structure not only adds excitement but also guarantees that the best teams emerge to contest the finals.

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