Get a kick out of walking

A slower paced, safer and more inclusive form of the world’s most popular sport is gaining popularity across Tasmania and leading the charge is a small group of volunteers at the Moonah Sports Centre.  

With a blanket ban on all running, the focused switches to a more relaxed style of game which rewards accurate passing and calculated teamwork.     

Walking Football Tasmania vice president Craig Peebles said the game catered to all people regardless of age, gender, experience level or physical condition.  

“It is incredibly important for all people young and old to stay active and form positive connections with fellow community members,” he said.  

“People are often surprised by health benefits of this sport and over the course of a game some players have clocked more than 5000 steps. 

“Walking football presents a great opportunity for people to socialise in a low pressure environment. 

“Little attention is given to the outcome of each match, instead we like to switch our focus to creating a safe environment where everyone feels welcome to step onto the pitch and have a go.”  

Weekly walking football matches are run at the Moonah Sports Centre on Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm. 

For more information visit www.wftas.org

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

2 Comments

  1. Peter Mason 3 May 2024 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    This is an excellent article. Succinctly and concisely written – a superb piece of journalism that captures the essence of this new form of the world game…..the included quotes gave it depth and extra meaning.

  2. Craig 3 May 2024 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks Simon for dropping in to check out Walking Football.
    Every bit helps to engage and include communities.
    We all need exercise and social outings.
    Luv ya work! Next time bring your runners 🙂

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