There is always plenty of action on the pitch at Turf Moor but things took a slightly slower but by no means less competitive turn at our Walking Football tournament recently. The exciting tournament took place at our Elite Training Centre and saw four teams battle it out to win the coveted Walking Football trophy.
The teams were made up of participants from our weekly Walking Football sessions held by Burnley FC in the Community staff in sessions across Burnley, Todmorden and Pendle.
Burnley FC player James Tarkowski attended the session to show his support for the programme and present the winning team with their trophy. As well as posing for photographs, Tarkowski also presented a Burnley FC home shirt signed by the full first team squad to Anne Ellwood, the winner of the ‘Community Spirit Award.’ Anne was presented with this for showing fantastic team spirit during every session and in the celebratory tournament.
The tournament was held on Thursday 23rd February to coincide with the announcement of the official Walking Football FA Rules – a new set of laws set down by a group of individuals connected to the game including participants, organisers, coaches and referees.
Sam Wilcock, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Burnley FC in the Community said: “The Walking Football sessions we run are very well attended so the introduction of the new FA National rules seemed like the perfect opportunity to celebrate our Walking Football programme with a tournament! It was a great day with players showing fantastic spirit.”
The winning team will go on to represent Burnley FC in the Community in a friendly against Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday 11th March, before their home game against Darlington.
Walking Football is open to men and women of all levels of fitness inviting them to take part in a slower paced version of the beautiful game. Since it originated, the programme has grown in popularity and is advised as an ideal way to return to the sport and improve general fitness levels in the over 50s. The sport lowers the intensity, but still provides a great cardiovascular workout.
To find out more information about Burnley FC in the Community’s FREE Walking Football sessions, contact Health and Wellbeing Officer Sam Wilcock on 01282 704716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.