Name: Albert Swinson

Age: 68

Location: Shepalbury, Stevenage

Foundation Programme: Walking Football

Favourite Position: Midfield


How long have you played Walking Football? 

4 years

Why did you first get involved with Walking Football?

  • To continue playing football after serious illness
  • To improve fitness
  • Social/Banter

How many times a week do you take part in Walking Football sessions?

Usually once a week 

Describe the buzz you get having the opportunity to play a team sport again?

Despite being tired the release of endorphins ensures a good mood for the rest of the day!

What one or two things do you currently do in your training sessions that you think are important to avoid injury?

  • Stretching

  • Gentle walking

Have you played competitive Walking Football, if so which tournaments / leagues?

Yes, a number, including Luton and Nationally

Has your diet changed since you have started playing Walking Football?  If so what is different?

Yes. Needed to lose weight to lighten the stress on the knees. Have lost one stone so far by reducing calorie intake whilst maintaining a balanced diet.

Do you feel fitter and healthier since you have started playing Walking Football and if please describe how?

Yes without a doubt. Cardiovascular performance has improved as has leg strength following illness.

Do you always have a club member present who has had first aid training at your games and training sessions, and is there a defibrillator available if needed?

Yes

Has your social life changed since you started playing, and if so in what way?

Not really although we do meet up at Christmas.

What are your best memories of playing Walking Football?

Having a good laugh and scoring goals that I would have been proud of years ago!

How else has playing Walking Football affected your life?

Having played normally until 60 it was depressing having to give up playing following sepsis. Walking football has enabled me to get some sense of how things used to be . In addition it has helped to improve cardiovascular function followed some heart damage from the sepsis.

What do you like most about Walking Football?

Just being able to play again and enjoy the camaraderie

Do you find it difficult NOT to run and what advice could you give someone in how to remain at walking pace?

Not really, normally, but when engrossed yes it can be difficult! No real advice as its down to personal discipline.

What are your goals for the future when playing Walking Football?

Just to continue to play for as long as the body will allow!

What advice would you give to someone who would like to play but is nervous about approaching a club or attending a Walking Football session for the first time?

That there are people of all levels of fitness and ability, and that people are friendly and accommodating. To just give it a try!

What do your friends and family think about you playing a sport again at your age?

Have never stopped playing sport other than for injury or illness so not really a valid question for me. My family would expect nothing less and have come to support on a number of occasions in competitions.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Stevenage FC Foundation is a very friendly, inclusive and accommodating institution which values its community. Its commitment to walking football and its development throughout Hertfordshire is developing. 


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