Walking football hubs kicking off

Walking football hubs are about to kick off.
Walking football hubs are about to kick off.

WALKING football hubs will kick off in Rockingham, Iluka and Floreat to help more people get out and active.

The weekly social classes are aimed at men and women aged 50 and over who are keen to try football for the first time or who have previously hung up the boots.

The hubs will run for about 12 weeks, starting at Autumn Park, Rockingham on September 23, then Iluka Sports Complex and Fox Fives, Floreat from October 9.

Football West community football manager Sarah Du Plessis said it was an inclusive and accessible program.

“People can come along on their own or with friends and they’ll be put into teams,” she said.

“It’s all about having a kick, staying active and meeting new people.

“These are small-sided games and there will be skill coaching to give people a few tips.

“We plan to hold a competition later in the year but these hubs are more about the social aspect, bringing people together to enjoy the sport.”

Ms Du Plessis said walking football was huge in the UK, where it began, and was growing across Australia.

“There have been plenty of studies which show people in the age demographic we are targeting who stay active and have a strong social lifestyle enjoy improved mental and physical wellbeing,” she said.

The Rockingham hub will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am, Iluka on Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm, and Floreat on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm.

Football West’s Walking Football program is funded through the Federal Government.

AUTUMN PARK, ROCKINGHAM
Mondays and Thursdays, 10am-11am
Starts Monday, September 23

FOX FIVES, FLOREAT
Wednesdays, 11am-2pm
Starts Wednesday, October 9

ILUKA SPORTS COMPLEX
Wednesdays, 11am-1pm
Starts Wednesday, October 9