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Caritas Anchor House residents stay on the ball with Walking Football

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Caritas Anchor House residents stay on the ball with Walking Football

10th October 2017
A team of Caritas Anchor House residents have been flexing their muscles by taking part in a slow-paced and inclusive version of football.

As the name suggests, Walking Football is non-contact and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised and sent to the bench for two minutes. Players must also ensure that there are no over head-height kicks. It’s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle regardless of age, health or ability, whilst creating pathways back into the game for those who have stopped playing due to injury. 

The weekly sessions are led by West Ham United Foundation, where a team of up to 14 current and former Caritas Anchor House residents head to the ground for an hour's session. The session starts with warm ups where members will practice throwing and passing the ball between them, a 30 minute 5-7 a side game and then a practice session to hone their skills and develop new ones. No two days are the same and each meet-up will focus on learning new skills - be that passing and movement, tackling, headers, penalties, free kicks or corners.

“I like to get involved in Caritas Anchor House activities, and wanted to try out Walking Football” said Siva – a resident and keen footballer with FA level one in football coaching. 

“Walking Football is totally different to what I’ve done before. It’s harder to play than normal football, but I really enjoy it and it was great to work as a team with residents that don’t usually take part in sports.”

Caritas Anchor House is keen to encourage and support residents to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, and are pleased to work with West Ham United Foundation on this initiative.

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