A WORCESTER man is hoping to net success with a fresh approach to the beautiful game for the city’s older population.
Barry Potter has teamed up with Age UK Herefordshire and and Worcestershire to launch the city’s own walking football sessions for men and women over the age of 50.
Made popular by the Barclays adverts, walking football has taken off in the UK and weekly sessions are being held on an outdoor pitch at the University of Worcester on Monday’s from 2.30pm to 3.45pm.
Kind-hearted Barry has worked together with Age UK and the University of Worcester to ensure the project at the St John’s Campus is a match winner.
Two coaches will be on hand for each session from the university which will include a warm up, drills, a game and a warm down.
Barry said he was motivated to promote the scheme because walking football gives older people a chance to remain fit and active and make new friendships.
Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire spokesman Liz Corrigan said: “We did a walking football session at the St John’s Campus in May and it was very well supported,”
“Barry Potter, with his tremendous enthusiasm, has pushed this project forward and it’s a fantastic opportunity for people in Worcester to get re-engaged with a gentle sporting activity.
“All people need is to wear some comfortable clothing, sensible footwear which offers good ankle support and bring a bottle of water.”
Anyone keen to join in the project should register their interest by calling Liz Corrigan on 0800 008 6077 or e-mail: [email protected]
Visit www.facebook.com/walkingfootballworcester for more information.