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It’s good to walk before you run!

08 May 2017

The launch of “Walking Football” took place at Antrim Forum Leisure Centre with a friendly between the Move More participants, Year 10’s at Parkhall College and a team from Antrim Forum.

This was the result of a pilot programme initiated by Alan McCausland, Move More Macmillan co-ordinator and Samuel McIlveen Everybody Active 2020 Football Coach who have delivered seven weeks of Walking Football.  This programme has proved exceptionally beneficial to the health and wellbeing of seven cancer clients, clients from Cardiac rehab and volunteers who made up the teams.   The Year 10 pupils from Parkhall College have also got involved as part of a health and fitness project linked with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Macmillan.

Alan McCausland stated “Walking Football was initially ran as a pilot programme to gauge interest for clients with a cancer diagnosis through the Macmillan Move More project in conjunction with the Council”.  He added “football had been a pastime the participants loved and they wanted to get back into the sport as part of their recovery.  With support from volunteers to add to the numbers and input from clients from Antrim Cardiac rehab class based at the Antrim Forum, the class has run successfully during the last seven weeks on Friday afternoons”.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott attended the event and even kicked off the start of the first match.  Councillor Scott commented “I am delighted to see the introduction of the “Walking Football” programme at Antrim Forum and I am encouraged by the health benefits that it provides to many recovering from cancer and heart problems.”  He added “watching the matches has shown me that walking instead of running needs as much concentration as playing the game”. 
Alan and Samuel McIlveen Everybody Active 2020 Football coach will now deliver the programme on Fridays at Antrim Forum 12.45-1.30pm.  Walking Football is available to anyone interested, male or female regardless of health conditions.  For a Macmillan referral call Alan McCausland at 07587 657488 or email [email protected] or contact Samuel McIlveen at Antrim Forum 028 9446 4131 for more information.