Football Queensland (FQ) is excited to announce the launch of the Walking Football program across the state.
The Queensland program will be run as part of Football Federation Australia (FFA)’s national Walking Football program, in partnership with Active Ageing Australia.
Walking Football is a small-sided, low-impact, modified version of the game, suitable for all levels of ability and fitness, from people who are returning to sport after a break or those who’ve never played before.
The Walking Football program aims to improve physical and mental health and well-being among older Australians, providing participants with opportunities to socialise while experiencing the benefits of ongoing physical activity.
The announcement of the national Walking Football program comes after FFA was successful in its application to the ‘Move it Aus – Better Ageing’ grant program, and is part of a federal government initiative aimed at over-65s.
FFA CEO David Gallop said he was looking forward to seeing Walking Football programs offered across the country.
“Walking Football offers a great low-impact, team-based exercise, providing physical and mental health benefits and social connectedness for older Australians,” Gallop said.
“It reinforces football as the sport that everyone can play regardless of ability or whether you’re aged under 5 or over 75.”
Football Queensland is now inviting clubs across the state to register their interest in running a Walking Football program.