Sports champion Dave Moorcroft launches walking football

Sports champion Dave Moorcroft launches walking football

Double Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dave Moorcroft, teamed up with fitness charity Silverfit to launch Silver Tuesdays at Paddington Rec with a Walking Football session.

Walking Football will be one of 4 sports available at Silver Tuesdays, a weekly fitness group for people aged 45+.

Silverfit is a volunteer led charity that runs throughout London’s boroughs, their weekly Silver Tuesdays encourage people over 45 to get active and meet new friends.

Silverfit_Launch_PaddingtonRec-5_HighRes61-year-old, former 5000m world record holder, Dave Moorcroft commented, “I am looking forward to the session on Tuesday. I’m over 45 myself and with a permanent knee injury find it difficult to run for long periods of time. Walking Football is a great chance to play sport, have fun and meet new people.”

Dave Moorcroft is also Director of Sport at Join In, a charity that puts more volunteers into community sport. “Silverfit is a great example of volunteers helping participants join in and get active. Volunteers are at the heart of community sport and essential to sports groups and clubs such as Silverfit.”

Silverfit_Launch_PaddingtonRec-19_HighResWhat is Walking Football?  Silverfit director, Eddie Brocklesby, aged 71, explains “The rules are simple – you can’t run or slide tackle, but it is still a surprisingly fast game and such fun.

Watching that team spirit return to those who thought their football days were over is great.

There are even Leagues forming now, so Silverfit is planning to include that option for an hour in their latest Silver Tuesday programme at Paddington Rec.”

What are Silverfit’s weekly Silver Tuesdays?  Already launched or about to launch in many other London Boroughs, there is a simple recipe for Paddington Rec.

Coffee/Tea in the local cafe, followed by a choice of one hour of:

  • Yoga / Pilates
  • Walking Football
  • Guided walk in the locality, sometimes including timed mile around iconic track where Sir Roger Bannister trained prior to running the four minute mile
  • Silver social tennis (doubles) and optional coaching provided
  • Table tennis