Walking Footballers step out at Anfield

LFC’s Red Neighbours Walking Football team had an unforgettable day on Monday as they stepped out on to the famous Anfield turf, alongside Reds legend Alan Kennedy.

44 local residents – all regular participants of the Walking Football programme – played a series of matches during a special afternoon at the ground.

Walking Football is designed to encourage over 50’s to engage in physical activity in a fun and social setting. The initiative has gone from strength to strength, with the initial monthly meetings now running twice-weekly at Anfield Sports and Community Centre (ASCC).
 
Former LFC player Alan is a regular face at the ASCC sessions, and the defender headed back out on to the Anfield pitch with his Walking Football team-mates for the end-of-season tournament. 
 
Bill Bygroves, LFC Club Chaplain and Red Neighbours team-member, said: “The Walking Football sessions are as much about getting local people socialising as are they are about keeping active. 
 
“It’s a chance for the retired members of our community to continue enjoying the sport they love while also making new friends. Our oldest participant is 91 and we have a few in their 80s, too – it’s fantastic to see people of that generation getting back into football.
 
“Today has been brilliant – to kick a football on the pitch at Anfield is the realisation of a childhood dream for many of our players.”
 
Walking Football, alongside Walking Netball, is part-funded by the FA through the Community Shield Fund and sessions run on Tuesdays and Fridays at ASCC – for more information follow @Red_Neighbours on Twitter. 
 
The Red Neighbours programme supports local residents and schools in the Anfield community, focusing on four key areas: food poverty and education; support for the elderly community; encouraging a physically active community; and creating memorable experiences for young people.