Local social enterprise Be Well saw the start of its Spring activity programme on Wednesday (7 April) with Walking Football kicking off at Memorial Park in Whaley Bridge.
The players - some established, some brand new to the “beautiful game played with a smile on your face” – braved the afternoon's chill to play a version of football developed specifically to get older men off the sofa, into the company of their peers and enjoying life.
Arthur Bradford, Be Well’s Activator, said: "It was great to get active again and to meet up with mates old and new. Be Well have been using Walking Football since 2012 to get men active and engaged. It's not a cure for loneliness and the ills of inactivity but it’s a great start, especially after the privations of lockdown."
If you or a loved one would benefit from an hour in the fresh air taking a little gentle exercise shorn of unnecessary competitiveness, sliding tackles and someone insisting you “hold your shape”, ring Nick Rider on 07834 670902, email him on email@example.com or message Be Well on Facebook.
Be Well's walking footballers in action in Whaley Bridge.