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The first walking football session in Hagley was hailed a success this week and aims to get more residents active in the coming weeks.

Seventeen budding Linekers and Kanes attended the first session at Hagley Playing Fields on Tuesday (19 April) and were able to get back pitch side, enjoying a contactless game of walking football.

Organised by Bromsgrove District Council, in partnership with Hagley Parish Council, the sessions see reduced physical contact and tackling which makes it perfect for people who have been out of the game for a while and want to make a comeback.

Walking football offers many health benefits as well as being great fun for any age, ability, fitness level or gender. With no running, jogging, or heading – and tackling with reduced physical contact – Walking Football is a fun and safe way for players to enjoy football and socialise together.

Seventeen players of a variety of ages – the oldest of whom was 84! - took part in the first session, with twelve staying for refreshments afterwards, and are already looking forward to next week’s session.

The Council’s Portfolio-holder for Leisure, Cllr Michael Thompson, said: “Exercise is proven to have lots of physical benefits and helps to improve mental health and well-being. Walking Football is no exception and is also a great way to meet like-minded people.

“This Council is committed to getting Bromsgrove active and this latest addition to our programme does just that.” Walking Football runs each Tuesday at Hagley Playing Fields, 10.30am to 11.30am with the opportunity to have a chat and refreshments afterwards.

Cllr Thompson added: “With the warmer weather coming what a great reason to get outside and enjoy this great game for every age. And what’s more, it’s free!”

If you would like to attend the sessions, please register here or visit