AGE UK Wigan Borough is launching a new initiative aimed at encouraging people in the community to get active and boost their fitness levels.

The walking football programme, which is supported by the Football Association and Sport England, is a fun, friendly and safe way to enjoy the beautiful game for men and women in Leigh and Ashton over the age of fifty.

The scheme, which is due to start towards the end of next month, is open to anyone, regardless of ability or past experience and is targeting improvements in physical and mental wellbeing while playing football

John McArdle, chief officer at Age UK Wigan Borough, said: “We’re thrilled to have launched the Age UK walking football programme in our area, thanks to funding from the FA and Sport England.

“Being active is good for physical and mental health whatever your age and it’s especially important as we get older.

“It can improve confidence and wellbeing, help older people live independently for longer and reduce isolation and loneliness.

“It’s been a difficult time for older people in our community during the pandemic and our walking football programme will be a great opportunity for older people to feel active and socialise again in a safe and fun environment.”

Walking football

Walking football

Organisers are also looking for volunteers to help with the sessions alongside their expert coaches.

More information about the programme is available by visiting

If you want to sign up to play, ring Age UK Wigan Borough on 01942 241972.