Liverpool FC's community team, Red Neighbours, is set to relaunch its popular Walking Football sessions next month, following their postponement in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the changes to restrictions and government advice, the sessions will return to Anfield Sports and Community Centre on Tuesday September 8 (1pm-3pm), Friday September 11 (11am-12pm) and Monday September 14 (1pm-3pm).
Each session will now have added precautionary measures in order to maintain the health and safety of all participants and volunteers.
Walking Football is designed to encourage over 50s to engage in regular physical activity in an enjoyable and social setting. From its initial launch in Anfield in 2017, Walking Football has proved to be incredibly successful, growing from one session a week to three in two locations – Anfield and Kirkby. Attendee numbers have also increased considerably over the last three years, from six players initially to more than 80 players attending every week.
Forbes Duff, Red Neighbours manager, said: “It’s a pleasure to announce that our Walking Football session will be back up and running next month.
“Following an extremely difficult period due to COVID-19, it’s great to be able to bring back a sense of normality to the community through our weekly sessions in both Anfield and Kirkby, which we know our local residents really enjoy.
“We look forward to welcoming back our regular players along with new members as we kick-start the sessions.”
Promoting an active community is one of the four key areas of focus for the Red Neighbours programme, alongside support for the elderly; food poverty and education; and creating memorable experiences for young people.