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Welcome to the home page of Walking Football within the U3A. My name is Edward Hagger and I am the group leader for Walking Football for Stanway U3A in Colchester. In addition to this, I am also the U3A Advisor on Walking Football.
I have the full and active support of Graham Truluck in running our group and he is also providing support as subject advisor for football.
Our group was formed over 2 years ago and has flourished thanks to the efforts of John Eady from whom I have recently taken over. We have 15 regular members varying in age from 61 to 76. Most members come to the group after many years off playing with some not having played since school and some more used to an oval ball.
We follow rules as laid down by The Walking Football Association which are basically 5/7 a side rules with no running and very little tackling. We play on 4G pitch hired from Colchester United FC which enables play throughout the year no matter what the weather. Pitch size is approximately one-third of full-size pitch which provides plenty of space with a premium on movement and passing skills and minimising physical contact.
Beyond actually playing the group have developed a great camaraderie with plenty of friendly banter and regular social gatherings.
I know there are several other U3A Walking Football groups already set up and it would be good to hear from you. If you are thinking of setting up a group the I will do what I can to help and advise.
I can point you in the direction of online resources and advise on adaptions we have made to rules to limit injuries etc.
Look forward to hearing from you.