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Clubs urged to get boots on for walking football

Walking football has become increasingly popular for males and females aged over 45

WITH the Premiership about to get back into full swing, the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership is seeking to start a new league of their own by incentivising local sports clubs to run a walking football programme to encourage greater social inclusion in their communities.

Walking football can help people to lose weight, prevent loneliness and positively affect overall mental and physical health. It has become increasingly popular for males and females and it is aimed at adults over 45.

Under the Keeping Kerry Active 2021 programme, which is supported by Sport Ireland, clubs can apply for a grant of €400 from to run a four-hour programme.

“We are hoping to see up to eight clubs provide the programme across the county in September with the hope to get more people engaged with clubs and maybe encourage them to take a more active role as a volunteer into the future,” said Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership Outreach Programme Officer Donal Barry.

The programmes will commence in the beginning of September 2021 with the deadline for applications no later than August 20, via email, to [email protected]

Once signed up, the programme offerings will go live via Eventbrite which will take the details and payment of the participants. Each club will have to detail their Covid-19 compliance policies for participants ahead of any programme taking place.