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Walking Football at Millwall

20 March 2015

Come along and join in!

Millwall Football Club and Millwall For All have successfully piloted a new 'Walking Football' project and are now opening it up to the whole community.

The project, delivered in partnership with the NHS and London FA, is designed to encourage people to maintain a positive lifestyle with the focus on getting healthy and staying active regardless of age, ability, gender or size. The project also helps people who had previously had to stop as a result of injury or illness get back into football.

The first Walking Football community session was held late last month and proved to be a big hit with several participants enjoying the one-hour session. Millwall Football Club and Millwall For All are now running sessions every Friday at the Lions Centre in Bolina Road from 11am.

As the name suggests, Walking Football is a non-contact sport where any sprinting, running and jogging results in a free-kick to the other team. 

Millwall For All have taken an active step in helping to promote and raise the profile of Walking Football with the local community and will work with the NHS to run screening sessions and blood pressure tests.

A qualified personal trainer will be at every session, working on a programme with every individual participant to help with their mobility, strength and conditioning. The personal trainer will also be on hand to help develop a programme for those who can continue their training at home which will then be monitored throughout the project to measure progress.

David Streetley, Just Play Office at the London FA, said: "Walking Football is a brilliant way of staying involved in the game, keeping active and enjoying all of the social benefits that sport and football bring.

"The enjoyment of the participants, who are of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, is clear to see. I would encourage people to come along themselves, join in and see just how much fun it is."

For more information please contact Dean Palmer on 07984 033 221 or email deanpalmer@millwallplc.com

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