In Derbyshire there are many ways to get involved with walking football;
- There are more than 30 weekly Turn Up and Play Sessions across the county which provide people with the chance to play walking football in a casual and inclusive environment.
- There is a Derbyshire Walking Football Festival Programme which brings different groups together on planned days throughout the year. This gives groups the opportunity to play against each other in a relaxed, fun and social environment.
- There is the Derbyshire Walking Football League for competitive walking football.
. Turn Up and Play Sessions
In Derbyshire there are a number of successful turn up and play sessions across the county taking place in various locations and times. Click on a location in the map below to find out more about that session:
Take a look at what some of Derbyshire's Walking Footballers think about the Walking Football sessions...
"I’ve liked football forever but finished playing when I was 27 due to injury. I’ve always wanted to try and get back into it then walking football came up and it’s a great way to do just that. I initially thought I’d look silly but then I came to the session and enjoyed it so much, the atmosphere is superb!".
"I always liked football but never really played regularly, just played in the odd match when some help was needed. Recently I’ve realised that I need to do some exercise and saw Walking Football being advertised on TV and in the local paper…the rest is history! It’s fun, enjoyable and so many social benefits too! All abilities are welcome and you don’t have to worry about having lots of skill either as everyone makes you feel welcome".
"I've always been interested in football but I had never thought about playing until I started watching my husband play down at Willows Sports Centre. One week, there was an odd number of players and I was invited to play; I enjoyed it and the guys were very accepting. As the weeks went by my control, passing and shooting improved and now I’ve even started to score goals! It is a way to exercise and also a great social scene; it is certainly something I look forward to each week".
. Derbyshire Walking Football Festival Programme
In February 2015 the Derbyshire Walking Football Programme was launched. This involved monthly festival events at central venues that were open to Derbyshire groups.
For 2017, the festival programme has lots of dates and consists of monthly festival events that provide groups with the opportunity to play against each other in a fun, enjoyable and social setting. There are no league tables, no scores recorded and no focus on competition. It really brings to life the social benefits of walking football. For more information and to see when the festivals are taking place, please open the document that can be found at the bottom of this webpage.
. Derbyshire Walking Football League
To provide players with a competitive opportunity there is the Derbyshire Walking Football League.
The league is managed by a committee and is affiliated with the Derbyshire County FA. There is a Standard Code of Rules and Laws of the Game with qualified and certified referees assigned to the home and away fixtures.
The league was launched in November 2015 and is open to all Derbyshire teams. The league table can be found by clicking here.
If you would like more information about the league, please contact the League Secretary, Paul Jackson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to get involved
If you’d like to get involved or would like more information about walking football opportunities in Derbyshire, please contact the Derbyshire FA at:
01332 361 422