Mayor of St Helens, Councillor Geoff Pearl and ex Everton striker, Duncan McKenzie helped kick off a walking football initiative set up by the St Helens Council Sports Development team in partnership with Age UK and Older Men’s Network.
An excellent turn out enabled three teams made up of five players to take part in a warm up session, followed by skill drills and rounded off with a set of five to seven minute long matches, which saw avid Evertonian, Cllr Pearl, team up with Duncan McKenzie, who scored 14 goals for the Blues between 1976-78.
Open to all, walking football, part of a Public Health and Older Men’s Network project, is a slow paced version of the beautiful game aimed at people aged 55 plus, designed to help participants keep a healthy and active lifestyle, and to get those who may have stopped due to age and injuries, back playing the sport they love.
St Helens Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor, Andy Bowden, said: ” Walking football is a great opportunity for people who feel they are too old, to continue playing football without the risk of getting injured and has an overall positive effect on health and wellbeing.”
Sessions take place every Wednesday from 7pm-8pm at the YMCA Beacon Sports Hall on North Road.
For further information, please contact Sports Development Officer, Michaylo Fedyk on 01744 675402.