Craig Davies and Luke Garbutt joined in with a walking football session on Thursday afternoon
Walking football in the local area is proving a big hit thanks to Wigan Walkers Football Club, who have 48 registered players on their books since their formation in September 2014.
With age ranges varying from 50-77 years old, Wigan Walkers, who hold training sessions at Wigan Soccerdome every Monday and Wednesday morning, are giving local men in Wigan an opportunity to play football and take part in physical activity on a weekly basis.
The team compete in various league and cup competitions, and to celebrate Wigan Athletic Football Club’s ‘Together’ week, a campaign to promote equality and diversity, they were joined by Latics first team players Craig Davies and Luke Garbutt at their latest training session on Thursday.
Alan Bartley, Secretary of Wigan Walkers Football Club, said: “Wigan Walkers were founded in September 2014 and started off with six members, which has now grown to 48. The game is for people over 50 who never believed they would play football again, so they come to our sessions to improve their ability and their health, but more importantly to enjoy.
“A lot of our members have physical problems but they amaze you at how they carry on playing, even with those issues. We also have members with mental problems too such as depression, and others who may be lonely due to losing a partner or so forth, so when they come here and play with us it really is fantastic to see them.”
Barry Worthington, member of Wigan Walkers Football Club, said: “The session was absolutely brilliant. We all got stuck in and enjoyed a competitive hour of walking football with Craig and Luke. They both participated fully in the session, and really seemed to take an interest in what we’re trying to achieve with Wigan walkers.”
Luke Garbutt, Latics first team star, said: “The session was really enjoyable to be fair. I didn’t really know how competitive it was until we came down and played with them. From that point of view it was really good, and it was obvious that they all still have such a passion for the game.”
If you would like to join Wigan Walkers or want more information about the club, please contact Secretary Alan Bartley on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through ‘Together’.
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