Stones in the Community – Walking Football Strolls into 2017 

Better centre Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre in Hayes is taking further steps towards establishing its Walking Football session.  The FA and Wealdstone FC in partnership with charitable social enterprise GLL are aiming to increase participation among the over 50’s in the Hayes area at Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre, which is operated by GLL on behalf of the council under its Better brand.

Walking Football is a great spin on the beautiful game. The slowed down pace limits players to walking rather than running. Run and concede a foul. Walking Football is a great way to exercise and meet new people, both men and women participate in the session with varying abilities and everyone is made to feel welcome.

The sessions take place on Thursdays, 12.15pm till 1pm, either Outdoors on the 3G pitch (session will run till 1.30pm) or indoors in the Sports Hall. Weather permitting. Better Club members can participate for free, non-members and local residents 50 years plus will have to pay £2 a session. New comers are welcome to a free trial.

Nick Symmons, Director of Wealdstone FC Football Foundation Trust, commented, “We are so pleased to be on board with GLL and the Better Over 55s Club in order to be able to offer the increasingly popular activity of Walking Football at the excellent facilities of Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre.

I am convinced that the expertise the Foundation can provide both in organisation and coaching when linked to the enthusiasm of Club members will result in an enjoyable and successful activity, and long may it continue!


About Better

Better is a consumer brand operated by GLL. Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. We operate over 150 public sport and leisure centres and 27 libraries (including three prison libraries) in partnership with over 30 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations