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Gordon Sharples: Walking Football Case Study

4 March 2019

Fleetwood Town walking footballer Gordon Sharples has shown that taking part in this sporting activity definitely has had an impact on his physical and mental health.

The Flyers – the club’s walking football team – have been running for a number of year now and with Gordon who is 90-years-old, is just one of many who attend who has noticed a difference.

With three sessions held over the course of the week, with each session lasting over an hour, the physical benefits are there no show for everybody to see.

Gordon Sharples said: “The good thing about attending these sessions is that a lot of the players are at my level, so I don’t stand out that much. I am able to run around and play football with my friends and keep healthy at the same time.

“I play in goals sometimes, but then could be outfield soon so we have to be on the ball with it all. I ‘walk’ around the pitch and when I look at before I started, I can see the health benefits.

“I would recommend people over 50 to get involved in walking football. You play a game you’ve always enjoyed, and you get to socialise with people and as I said earlier, keep fit both physical and mentally."

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