Womens Walking Football
Women’s Walking Football is growing!
Somerset FA are delighted to announce we will be setting up the County’s first Women Walking Football County wide project, to compliment female only walking football groups which are growing and developing within Somerset. We are currently out meeting various groups, detailing our plans to host friendly festivals and drive this format of the game forward to support more women to play the beautiful game!
Walking football in general is thriving in Somerset and currently male and female players can play together in a mixed environment, however more and more females want to play their own female game, and we want to support their plans and help shape an exciting new female walking football project.
Our aim is to initially set up a women’s walking football steering group, made up of players, coaches, interested parties, who want to develop this area of the game. We then want to host a minimum of 2 friendly festivals early next season, in what we hope will be a catalyst to hosting more regular events, with the combination of walking football and social opportunities, having drinks and refreshments after the games.
We recently met the Parkinson’s and Neuro Walking Football Group from Taunton. Caroline, Coach, and player has worked hard to develop this group in conjunction with its members and Parkinson’s UK. The group is now thriving with some very exciting developments coming up. Please see below the different opportunities developing in the Taunton area and if you or a family member are interested in joining, please contact Caroline or Jess direct, via the details in the information below.
If there are any new female walking football groups setting up, or you are interested in joining an existing group or want to start a new group, please don’t hesitate to contact Rachael.email@example.com to chat through the different options and support available to you!
1. Parkinson’s and Neuro Walking Football Taunton & Exeter
Caroline set up the Taunton Team in 2022 and the Exeter Team in 2023 following a Parkinson’s Walking Football tournament at St George’s.
The Exeter weekly mixed session takes place on a Wednesday 11-12pm at Wonford Leisure Centre Exeter and the Taunton weekly mixed session takes place on a Friday 3-4pm at Blackbrook Leisure Centre Taunton.
The sessions have proved to be very popular and walking football is perfect exercise as it helps with balance, coordination, muscle tone, fitness and reduces social isolation.
The weekly sessions are for people of all ages and abilities and no experience is necessary.
If anyone would like more information and to participate in a free trial session please contact Caroline on 07813072016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Women’s Parkinson’s Team
The rapid popularity of walking football within the Parkinson’s community has led to the first ever all women’s team in England playing in a Parkinson’s walking football tournament in Worcester on Sunday 25th June.
There are six teams taking part, five mens and one Womens with the Taunton team having several members included in the women’s squad.
For further information on the women’s team please contact Caroline on 07813072016
3. Monthly friendly women’s walking football sessions at the YMCA in Taunton
Footballing friends have forged a group who aim to have a session of playing games once a month - of an evening during the week - at the YMCA in Taunton.
Some have played before but with most new to the sport. It’s all about playing, having fun, enjoying the sport and there will be lots of friendly people to share the experience with.
If you fancy a kickabout then please contact Jess on 07794847108 and we will add you to the group and arrange the next session.
Cost is about £3-4 per person and all abilities welcome from age 30 upwards.
Fun. Fitness. Friendship. Football and Cake!