Some 30 mature men converged on the Tavira Municipal Stadium last Monday for the inaugural session in the town of Walking Football for the over 50s.
This is the fourth venue to operate this increasingly popular sport and, despite the wet weather, the organisers were delighted with the response. Though based on association football, the key difference in the rules is that if a player runs then they concede a free kick to the other side. This restriction, together with a ban on slide tackles, is aimed both at avoiding injuries and facilitating the playing of the sport by those who may be physically disadvantaged.
The manner in which the sport is played promotes cardiovascular fitness whilst producing the least stress on the body. It also assists participants maintain an active lifestyle. Sessions take place every Monday from 9.30am to 11.30am.
For information on similar groups in Olhão, Vilamoura (Browns Sports & Leisure Centre) and Lagos email [email protected]
Photo: Walking Football gets under way in Tavira