Funding boost for walking football

Walking Football'Former players Eric Stevenson, Kenny Davidson, Stan Vincent and Keith Wright tried out Waliking Football at Bayne Memorial Hall, Loanhead.'Pic Neil Hanna

Walking Football'Former players Eric Stevenson, Kenny Davidson, Stan Vincent and Keith Wright tried out Waliking Football at Bayne Memorial Hall, Loanhead.'Pic Neil Hanna

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Plans to bring a slower paced version of the beautiful game to Angus received a welcome grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities fund.

Links Park Community Trust in Montrose is hoping to introduce walking football, which is largely aimed at the over 55s, to Angus after receiving an award of £3,600 towards the cost of bringing in coaches, purchasing equipment and hiring facilities for weekly walking football sessions.

The sessions will run twice a week over a 37 week period encouraging older people who have decreased health and fitness levels to be more active.

Peter Davidson, project manager, Links Park Community Trust, said: “At Links Park Community Trust we aim to use the power and widespread appeal of sport to inspire change.

“In our community, there are many older adults who retain a love of sport, and in particular football, but whom feel that they are unable to participate in traditional programmes due to falling health and fitness levels.

“We are delighted to receive financial support from the Big Lottery Fund for our proposed Walking Football programme, an initiative which we hope will encourage inactive older adults to reignite their affinity with the game in a playing capacity.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “As we draw to the end of a truly memorable year, today’s 2014 Communities awards show how people across Scotland are continuing to reap the benefits of sport and physical exercise.

“I’m delighted that many of these community groups are helping older people try out new sports and physical activities.

“Walking football is just one of the many innovative projects we have funded which make exercise fun, accessible and enjoyable at any age.”