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Walking football in Oldham is becoming a growing success

Reporter: Jess Reeves
Date published: 19 April 2019


Walking football is a growing sport in the UK and two weeks ago, two teams from Oldham walking football went to Barnsley FC to play of their three teams. 

This is the fastest growing sport in the UK as all health agencies realise that keeping active is beneficial to future health problems.

Currently, there a three sessions a week at Oldham leisure, each lasting one hour. The majority of players are retired with the oldest player being 86 years old.

Some players can't travel, meaning there are alot more home players that participate. Jo, The manager of Oldham's walking football team, got access to both sides of the Oldham sports centre for the team to use.

A number of Oldham players have taken up walking football as a result of majour health problems, cardiac arrests,heart attacks, by-pass operations and cancer.

Two weeks ago 2 teams from Oldham went to Barnsley FC to play their 3 teams (6 - a-side),
then the results were as follows:

Team A   won 1- 0,  drew 2 - 2,  lost 0 - 1
Team B   drew 1 - 1, drew  2 -2 , won 2 - 0

On Wednesday this week (Wednesday 17th April)  there was the return fixture where Barnsley brought 2 teams to play 3 teams from Oldham
the results were:

Team A:  Drew 2 - 2,  won 7 - 2
Team B:  Won 4 - 3,  won 4 - 3
Team C:  Won 4- 2,  Won 7 - 3


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