Walking football helping patients’ recovery
A Colchester-based community healthcare organisation is turning to football – the walking variety – to help with the rehabilitation of its patients.
Anglian Community Enterprise’s (ACE) community physiotherapy team has teamed up with Leisure World Colchester and Colchester-based mental health charity, Team 2gether, to offer walking football as a means of helping people recover from treatment.
Alex Pacey, Senior Physiotherapist at ACE, said: “Walking football is suitable for just about anybody. It can help people who might otherwise encounter barriers in their attempts to find a means of activity which includes them. Walking football not only ticks the physical activity box but also, importantly, the social inclusion box.
“The group currently meets and plays outside at Leisure World Colchester on Thursday afternoon. The group is a mixture of ACE patients and people introduced by Team 2gether. From an ACE perspective, people have to currently be in our treatment system, but anyone can contact Team 2gether if they fancy trying the session.
“We are very flexible with the rules and format as it is far more about having fun and inclusion than competitiveness at present. This may change as the programme develops. We have women as well as men taking part which shows just how inclusive it is.”
Walking football offers a multitude of health benefits particularly to older people, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, whilst improving blood pressure, positive changes in postural balance, resting heart rate, lowered cholesterol, improved blood sugar levels and bone density.
People wanting further information on the Thursday afternoon session can call Gareth Gailey at Team 2gether on 07885 440549.
Issued on behalf of Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) Community Interest Company by PJR Communications Ltd. For further information contact Peter Richardson on 01206 843225 or 07778 067614.