A WHITCHURCH man is urging more older footballers to join in with walking football in the town each week.

Chris Ridgeway is part of the Whitchurch Walking Football Group that plays each Wednesday in the Market Hall, which remains open despite the RAAC crisis.

He says he is hooked on playing – despite not being a footballer in his sporting prime – and says it has been perfect for widening his social circle, and all ages over 50 are welcome.


“I must admit that when I reluctantly agreed to give it a try many years ago, I neither considered the question nor thought about the fact that I had never played football and knew none of the rules,” he said.

“Already in my 60s, and in this naïve state, I joined the Whitchurch Walking Football group finding camaraderie, humour and weekly exercise that I could so easily have missed.

“We continue to play each week in Whitchurch Market Hall from 1pm until 2pm every Wednesday and usually go to a nearby café for a drink and chat afterwards.

“The ‘subs’ are £3 weekly.

“Although we split into two equal sides for our game, we are not highly competitive and play to enjoy.

“The majority of our players range from 50 years old to 80 and, consequently, there is scope for differing abilities.

“People have often asked me whether the team is open to women.

“Well, of course it is and we do have one lady member at present.

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“From experience, I am of the opinion that it is beneficial to well-being both mentally and physically.

“Consequently, I am endeavouring to let people know of our existence and to encourage those who may be interested in not only joining us but helping to maintain a community interest in Whitchurch.”

Anyone looking to play can do so by heading to the hall ahead of the game.