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  • Walking football sessions prove to be popular

    Henry James

    WALKING football sessions set up by the Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association are proving to be popular.

    Working with different agencies such as Wigan Athletic Community Trust (WACT), the Royal British Legion, Lancashire Police, and the NHS, the aim of the sessions is to promote the mental health benefits of walking football and to encourage the veterans to be more active.

    Alan Lewis, chairman of the Skelmersdale Veterans’ Association, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside WACT which is an incredible organisation with a huge reputation, not just in the North West, but across the country.

    “We have already seen through our work with the trust that sport can play a really important role in helping people to talk about and look after their mental health. And we are really looking forward to being able to help those conversations continue throughout the WACT community projects.

    “We can all struggle at any given time, at any given age, for any given reason. It is important that we are all aware of what to do if ever our mental health does deteriorate and, most importantly to remember, there is never any reason to suffer alone.

    “The project is a free service which provides support to those living with isolation, mental health problem and other illness. The sport aims to help keep older players involved in football for longer and prevent them from ‘hanging up their boots’before they need to. New walking football club associations and groups are setting up every week as its popularity rockets.”

    The veterans also want to thank Margaret Highton for her support.

    Any men and women over the age of 50, particularly those who were in the services or reservists, are invited to participate in walking football at the Evermoor Hub Community Centre, Birleywood, Digmoor. For more information email svachair@outlook.com; ring 07939 660 048; or contact Ian Gaskell on 07889 537140.

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