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Kirriemuir Walking Football Group

KLM Partnership

Kirriemuir Walking Football Group

The Kirriemuir walking football group meet as a group of 10 to 15 individuals, once a week, every Monday evening for an hour.  Members are generally in the age bracket of over 50's. The session involves a light warm up before playing walking football for 45 minutes. To most people the idea of walking, instead of running would imply there is little physical endeavour but that is a misconception.

In an effort to promote this new, innovative form of exercise for people over 50, they arrange to play other organised groups in the Angus area on a regular basis.

Walking football is a relatively new sport, but is taking off in Scotland at a rapid pace.  It is promoted by the SFA through "Paths for All” and is designed to encourage people over 50 to take part in active sport. Recently, the Scottish walking football championships were held in Edinburgh which attracted interest from over 24 teams throughout Scotland.

Rural towns like Kirriemuir can benefit because they have the sports infrastructure available. Walking football targets people who would otherwise consider kicking a football as out of their depth, because of age, physical issues or lack of stamina.  Regular meetings allow individuals to socialise once again with friends they may have played with in earlier years, but had lost contact with.

The community benefit grant will go to providing basic sports equipment which is currently borrowed from other sources.

Alastair Nicoll, a Partner with KLM Partnership said, “We are delighted to be able to assist in providing the funds to purchase the equipment requirement to allow this group to continue to develop in Kirriemuir.  We, as a Practice, are committed to working with our local communities and we wish to make a positive contribution in the communities in which we operate.”