Burnley’s walking football programme continues to grow as the game moves to the national level

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It might not be played at the quickest pace but walking football is a sport that is on the up.

It now has over 35,000 players involved in 1,100 clubs throughout the United Kingdom.

Burnley FC in the Community are one of many organisations trying to promote the game and get more people involved and have weekly training sessions available for anyone to get involved.

Their programme encourages people over the age of fifty to stay involved in sport and keep healthy both physically and mentally.

Nationally, walking football continues to go from strength to strength with trials held over the weekend for the National Walking Football team in Burnley.

Sir Bobby and Jack Charlton’s brother Tommy was one of the big names who was in attendance as well as Liverpool legend, Alan Kennedy, as developments, like the clarification of the laws of the game, push the sport to the forefront of people’s thoughts.

Burnley are preparing to enter the competitive part of the game with their first proper friendly scheduled for next Tuesday as they are in the process of setting up a team in order to compete in various tournaments.

It continues to show the interest in promoting the game and making opportunities available for the older generation to get involved in keeping active.