Walking football is a popular, and growing, format of the game

Walking Football

 A popular and growing format of the game, Walking Football is aimed at encouraging older adults to play football again on a regular basis.

As you’ve guessed Walking Football involves a lot of… well… walking. It carries all the same rules as every day football except you can’t pick up too much speed. It provides a sociable, fun and safe environment for those looking to be a little more active in their spare time.

Guidelines for Sessions

Players are not permitted to jog or run while the ball is in play
Anyone doing so is penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team
If the ball goes off the pitch over the touchline, the game is restarted via a kick, roll or throw-in (to allow for different physical capabilities)
It can be played indoors or outdoors
Numbers per team are dependent on the number of participants at each session
No pitch size/surface constraints - dependent on venue
Sessions on average will last one hour with short breaks throughout game
If you have concerns about your medical health please contact your doctor and seek advice before participating
Variations and game adaptations can be made to suit participants’ needs and capabilities.

New participants to contact Walking Football Coordinator to confirm date/ times/ costs

 

Get in touch 

Amy Richardson 

Football Development Officer (Male Participation)

T: 0191 3872928 (Option 4 then Option 6)

E: Amy.Richardson@DurhamFA.com 

Find your local session

Monday

Venue: Gateshead Cleveland Hall FC, Easedale Gardens, Gateshead, NE9 6TA
Time: 
10:30am – 11:30am
Contact:
Gateshead Foundation E: register@gfc-foundation.org.uk
Cost: Free
Note: Session is for anyone who has experienced a stroke, brain injury or other neurological conditions

Venue: Gateshead Cleveland Hall FC, Easedale Gardens, Gateshead, NE9 6TA
Time: 11:30-12:30pm
Contact: Gateshead Foundation E: register@gfc-foundation.org.uk
Cost: Free

Venue: Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead, NE10 0EF
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Contact: Gateshead OPA T: 0191 438 1721 W: www.gatesheadopa.org.uk/
Cost: Free

Tuesday
Venue: Gateshead Redheugh, Eslington Park, Gateshead, NE8 2TZ
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Contact: Terry Ritson E: Terry.Rtison@redheugh.club
Cost: £3 per session

Wednesday
Venue: Gateshead Cleveland Hall FC, Easedale Gardens, Gateshead, NE9 6TA
Time: 
11:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: 
Thomas Graham E: Thomas.Graham@nufc.co.uk
Cost: Free

Venue: Blaydon Youth and Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon-on-Tyne, NE21 5LU
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Contact: Gateshead Foundation E: register@gfc-foundation.org.uk
Cost: Free

Thursday

Venue:
Birtley Leisure Centre, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Contact: Gateshead Foundation E: register@gfc-foundation.org.uk
Cost: Free
Note: For Over 55's

Venue: Gateshead International Stadium, Neilson Road, Gateshead, NE10 0EF
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Contact: Gateshead Foundation E: register@gfc-foundation.org.uk
Cost: Free

Friday

Venue: Gateshead Cleveland Hall FC, Easedale Gardens, Gateshead, NE9 6TA
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Contact: Thomas Graham E: Thomas.Graham@nufc.co.uk
Cost: Free 

Venue: Gateshead Older People's Assembly, 178 Split Crow Road, Gateshead NE8 3UB
Time: 10:00am - 10:45am
Contact: Gateshead OPA T: 0191 438 1721 W: www.gatesheadopa.org.uk/
Cost: Free
Note: For people aged 50+

Venue: Gateshead Older People's Assembly, 178 Split Crow Road, Gateshead NE8 3UB
Time: 11:00am - 11:45am
Contact: Gateshead OPA T: 0191 438 1721 W: www.gatesheadopa.org.uk/
Cost: Free
Note: 
For people aged 50+

Wednesday

Venue: Monkton Stadium, Dene Terrace, Jarrow, NE32 5NJ
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Contact: Barry Hurst – barrynils@hotmail.co.uk
Cost:

Friday

Venue: Monkton Stadium, Dene Terrace, Jarrow, NE32 5NJ
Time: 11:00pm - 12:00pm
Contact: Barry Hurst – barrynils@hotmail.co.uk
Cost

 

Monday

Venue: Consett Leisure Centre, Medomsley Road, Consett DH8 5HU
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Contact: Tim Camsell E: tim.camsell@gmail.com T:  07866305686
Cost: £3.00 per session

Venue: Wolsingham Leisure Centre, Leazes Lane, Wolsingham, Bishop Auckland, DL13 3DN
Time:
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Contact:
 E: 
enquiries-move@sport.durham.gov.uk  T: 03000 262539
Cost: 
£3.00 per session (First 2 sessions free)
Note: Starts 4th September 2023

Venue: Bishop Auckland College, Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6JZ
Time:
 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact:
 E:
catherine.pearson@bishopafc.com T: 07890340138
Cost:

Tuesday

Venue: Spennymoor Leisure Centre, High Street, Spennymoor, DL16 6DB
Time: 
10:00 - 11:00am
Contact: 
Brian Shippen E: bshippen@btinternet.com
Cost: 
£3.00 per session

Venue: Chester-le-Street Town FC, Moor Park, Chester Moor, Chester le Street, DH2 3BX
Time: 11.00am to 12.00pm
Contact: Joe Burlison, E: chesterlestreettownfc@gmail.com
T: 07720522435
Cost: £2.00 per session

Venue: Spectrum Leisure Centre, Hunwick Lane, Willington, Crook, DL15 0JA
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm  
Contact: Spectrum Leisure Centre T: 01388 747000
Cost: £3.00 per session

Venue: Seaham Leisure Centre, The Recreation Ground, Seaham, SR7 8NP
Time:
 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Contact:
 E: 
waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk T: 03000 262539
Cost: 
£3.00 per session (First 2 sessions free)
Note: Starts 5th September 2023

Wednesday

Venue: Meadowfield Leisure Centre, John Street North, Meadowfield, DH7 8RG
Time: 10:30am - 11:30am
Contact:
Cost: £2.00 per session

Venue: Shildon Sunnydale Leisure Centre, Middridge Lane, Shildon, DL4 2EP
Time:
 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Contact:
 E: 
waystowellbeing@durham.gov.uk T: 03000 262539
Cost: 
£3.00 per session (First 2 sessions free)
Note: Starts 20th September 2023


Venue: Catchgate Community FC, The Croft School, Greencroft
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Contact: John Lowes E: johnlowes68@mail.com
Cost:

Venue: Middleton in Teesdale Nursery and Primary, Town End, Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle, DL12 0TG
Time:
 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Contact: 
Andy Mitchell E: andymitchellmail@btinternet.com
Cost: 
£2.00 per session

Venue: Peterlee Helford Walking Football, Wellfield School, North Road, Wingate, TS28 5AX
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Contact: Alex Paget E: peterleehelfordwfc@yahoo.com
Cost: £4 per session
 

Thursday

Venue:  Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre, Bevridge Arcade, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4EH
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Contact: Joanne Herron E: joanne.herron@durham.gov.uk
Cost:

Venue: 
Spennymoor Leisure Centre, High Street, Spennymoor, DL16 6DB
Time:
2:00pm-3:00pm
Contact: 
Brian Shippen E: bshippen@btinternet.com
Cost: 
£3.00 per session (First session free)
Note: 
This session is for Male and Female players aged 50+

Venue: Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive, Darlington, DL3 8AR
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Contact: Garry Donald E: garrydonald@outlook.com
Cost: £5 per session (First Session Free)

Friday

Venue: Chester-le-Street Town FC, Moor Park, Chester Moor, Chester le Street, DH2 3BX
Time: 11.00am to 12.00pm
Contact: Joe BurlisonE: chesterlestreettownfc@gmail.com 
T: 
07720522435
Cost: 
£2.00 per session

Venue: Consett Leisure Centre, Medomsley Rd, Consett DH8 5HU
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Contact: Tim Camsell Etim.camsell@gmail.com T:  07866305686
Cost: £3.00 per session

Note: This session is for players aged 50+

Saturday
Venue: Middleton in Teesdale Nursery and Primary, Town End, Middleton in Teesdale, Barnard Castle, DL12 0TG
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Contact: Andy Mitchell E: andymitchellmail@btinternet.com
Cost: £2.00 per session

Venue: Active Life Centre, Coxhoe, DH6 4DW
Time: 
10:00am – 11:00am
Contact: 
Brian Shippen E: bshippen@btinternet.com
Cost: 
£3.00 per session
Note: This session is for players aged 50+

Monday

Venue: Brierton Sports Centre, Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, TS25 4AD
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Contact: E: active.hartlepool@hartlepool.gov.uk T: 01429 523338
Cost: £5 Casual, £4 member, £3 concession

Wednesday

Venue: West Hartlepool Rugby Club, Catcote Road, Hartlepool, TS25 4EZ
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact: David Scott E: DScott99@btinternet.com T: 07711859667
Cost: £4 per session

Venue: Peterlee Helford Walking Football, Wellfield School, North Road, Wingate, TS28 5AX
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Contact: E: peterleehelfordwfc@yahoo.com
Cost: £4 per session

Tuesday

Venue: Goals Sunderland, Sunderland College, Durham Road, Sunderland, SR3 4AG
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (11:30am meet)
Contact: Jon Nicholson E: joninich@yahoo.com T: 07852122016
Cost: Varies per session

Wednesday

Venue: Washington Leisure Centre, Washington, NE38 7SS
Time: 
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Contact: 
Craig Buchanan E: craigbuchanan@everyoneactive.com
Cost: 
£1.10 per session

Wednesday

Venue: Washington Football Hub 
Contact: 
Simon T: 07792714682 
Cost: 
£3.00 per session (First 2 sessions are free)

Thursday

Venue: Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland, SR5 1SN
Time: 
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Contact: 
Beacon of Light E:Jade.Gilbertson@foundationoflight.co.uk T: 0191 5634729
Cost: £1

Venue: Goals Sunderland, Sunderland College, Durham Road, Sunderland, SR3 4AG
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (11:30am meet)
Contact: Jon Nicholson E: joninich@yahoo.com T: 07852122016
Cost: Varies per session

Friday

Venue: Beacon of Light, Stadium Way, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, SR5 1SN
Time: 
10:00am – 11:30am 
Contact: 
Liz Barton-Jones E: Liz.barton-jones@foundationoflight.co.uk T: 0191 5634745
Cost: 
Free
Notes: 
Session for Veterans

Venue: Washington Leisure Centre, New Town, Washington, NE38 7SS
Time: 
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Contact: 
Craig Buchanan E: craigbuchanan@everyoneactive.com
Cost: 
£1.10 per session

Saturday

Venue: Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland, SR5 1SN
Time: 10
:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: 
Beacon of Light E:Jade.Gilbertson@foundationoflight.co.uk T: 0191 5634729
Cost: Free
Notes: Session people living with a neurological condition

Monday

Venue: Durham University, Queens Campus, University Boulevard, Thornaby, TS17 6BH
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Contact: Peri Anderson  E: peri.anderson@durham.ac.uk T: 0191 3340145
Cost: Free

How to get Involved

We have created a guide to help those looking to set-up a new adult football team. The guide includes helpful information from setting up the team to increasing awareness; so should you be setting up a team in a brand new club or if you are an established club introducing a new adult team we hope you find the guide of use.