All across the UK, new walking sports teams are popping up, with the idea of getting older and less physically able individuals together enjoying competitive team sports without the high impact or strenuous level of activity that standard versions of the same games require. Most of the sports have the same rules as standard versions only rather than running to get the ball or get to the next base, you walk. This essential means that one foot must be on the ground at all times.
Walking netball is ideal if you haven't played for a long time, if you have never played before or if you have had to stop playing due to injury.
- Monday at Histon Recreation Ground
- Monday at Milton Community Centre
- Tuesday at Sawston Sports Centre (outdoor courts)
- Wednesday at Linton Sports Centre (indoor)
Walking basketball is available in various places around the UK, visit the Walking basketball website to find a place near you, as well as to sign up to be trained to be a coach yourself. You can download some rules of walking basketball here:
Dribbling, passing and scoring remain important elements of the walking version of football but although you’ll still get a good workout by having to move from one end of the pitch to the other, you won’t exert yourself to the same extent as standard football nor will you run such a great risk of spraining a limb or bumping into other players.
As the name suggests, running is forbidden as is passing the ball higher than shoulder height. There are also no high tackles – or indeed any tackles – and, crucially, no scrums, rucks or mauls.
Instead players are allowed to hold onto the ball for no more than three seconds before passing, keeping the pace moving and giving the other team an opportunity to intercept. No running allowed.
Walking Hockey is exactly as the name suggests - you play Hockey, walking. It’s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle regardless of age, health and ability, as well as getting those back into hockey who had to stop due to injuries or other reasons.
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