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FFA to roll out walking football across Australia
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today announced it will launch a national Walking Football program in association with the nine state/territory Member Federations. The two-year initiative is based around a social, small-sided version of the World Game, specifically designed to get thousands of older Australians more active and playing the most popular club-based participation sport in the country.
The announcement comes as part of a federal government initiative aimed at the over-65s, with FFA successful in its application to the ‘Move it Aus – Better Ageing’ grant program.
During the launch at Perth’s Inglewood United Soccer Club, Federal Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie staed “as outlined in the Government’s National Sport Plan – Sport 2030 – no matter what your age and no matter what your stage, we’re encouraging all Australians to embrace the philosophy of “Movement for Life”. This is a really important step in that process.”
Walking Football is a huge phenomenon overseas, with some 800 clubs in England alone, and it’s been successfully piloted in a number of Australian states over the past 12 months.
FFA Chief Executive David Gallop is particularly excited by the opportunity this program will bring, advising “walking football offers a great low-impact, team-based exercise, providing physical and mental health benefits and social connectedness for older Australians.”
“It reinforces football as the sport that everyone can play regardless of ability or whether you’re aged under five or over 75.”
FFA will partner with Active Ageing Australia and a number of community organisations to help build awareness of the program and the benefits of physical activity.
Image courtesy of Hills Football Association.
28th January 2019 - $22.9 million investment to encourage activity among older Australians
1st November 2018 - Community impact of football in NSW to reach $1 billion by 2025
20th September 2018 - Move It Aus expanded to focus on older Australians
17th November 2017 - New AusPlay figures show football leads sport participation rates in Australia
28th April 2017 - 1.1 million Australians participating in football
8th December 2015 - FFA survey shows boom in football participation
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