For the past few months, 20 rugged and hardy men of a certain age have been avoiding the delights of Emmerdale and Corrie by playing walking football at the Y Centre in Maidstone every Friday.
For two hours each week they play six-a-side games of two touch and three touch, regaining those delicate skills they thought were lost some years ago.
Head of Club Development Mike Cogger takes up the story: “It is great fun, keeps us a little bit fitter and we have made some good mates along the way. We’ve also enjoyed some friendly games against Canterbury and Herne Bay with mixed results: two wins and two losses.”
On the back of the walking football craze, the Football Association plans to expand the game from the traditional social for over 60s to a more competitive structure involving teams aged 45+ and 55+, with set rules and administered locally by the Kent FA.
Maidstone United would like to carry the name of the Stones into this new age of the sport but need keen players. If you’re aged 45+ and 55+ and want to enjoy footballing glory again, this is your opportunity.
Mike added: “We would like to form two teams: one of 45+ age and the other of 55+ to represent the Stones in Kent and national competitions. We will need players, as well as managers and coaches for each of the two teams. This is an ideal chance for ex-players to get back into the game at this new level.
“We also intend to maintain our 60+ sessions on Friday nights and are open to new members. However as we want to join the competitive arena and meet Gills, Tonbridge etc., in the 45/55 competitions we need players to come forward.”