WORCESTERSHIRE’S first women only walking football sessions are set to launch in Bromsgrove this evening.
They are running from 6.30pm to 7.30pm every Thursday on the lower field AstroTurf at Bromsgrove Cricket, Hockey and Tennis Club.
The sessions are being run in partnership with the Worcestershire Football Association and Bromsgrove Sporting Ladies FC.
It is the latest sport to be unveiled by the Bromsgrove Walking Sports Centre which, the brainchild of Alan Gormley, is vying to become a centre of excellence for all the slower versions of the sport.
Alan said he was delighted with the latest addition, adding: “Working together we will be providing opportunities for women in the area to have more access to football.
“This also puts foundations in place for a ‘Football for Life’ pathway.
“This new initiative will join our established mixed Walking Football, Walking Hockey and Walking Rugby sessions and our brand-new Walking Cricket group.”
Jodie Williams and Ben Langworthy, Worcestershire Football Association, Football Development Officers added they were pleased and excited to be supporting Bromsgrove Sporting Ladies FC and the Walking Sports Centre for the sessions.
“Although walking football is a mixed gender game, the launch of this session will create further opportunities for women to engage with football, no matter their age or experience.
“Walking football is extremely popular with older participants, and we hope this project will engage ex-players as well as participants who didn’t have the
opportunity to play in their younger years.”
Bromsgrove Sporting FC director Sarah Titmus added the club was also pleased to be part of the project.
“We feel this is a great opportunity for the women of Bromsgrove to rekindle their love of the game or try it for the first time.
“We look forward to continuing to work together in the future and hopefully enjoying a friendly match or two.”
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