All across the UK, new walking sports teams are popping up, with the idea of getting older and less physically able individuals together enjoying competitive team sports without the high impact or strenuous level of activity that standard versions of the same games require.
Most of the sports have the same rules as standard versions only rather than running to get the ball or get to the next base, you walk. This essential means that one foot must be on the ground at all times. Many teams include some kind of ‘fine’ or ‘sin bin’ for participants who run instead of walk, to avoid some players running and thereby making the game faster than it should be. Other than that, the rules are usually the same.
The great thing about this type of sport is that it’s open to all – men and women can play alongside each other, less physically-abled individuals can also join in, and everyone will benefit from getting moderate exercise in a social setting.
“The benefits of these gentle forms of sport has seen increased positive health results, weight loss, rehabilitation progress and the opening up of social networks for the participants,” says Steve Rich, of Walking Football United (www.walkingfootballunited.co.uk).
** excellent article on Walking Netball and the benefits of taking part and meeting new people. - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/41280560