Rhondda Shaw has played and refereed football for more than ten years and is a passionate advocate for the game.
She was never a sprinter and has now discovered a new way to participate in the game she loves, namely the latest craze, Walking Football.
“I can’t believe what a great work out it is.
“Football has always been about keeping active, being with friends and having a laugh. I’m excited to launch the Walking Football program at Kissing Point FC.”
Walking Football is a non-contact, low-impact game, suitable for men and women of any age. Matches are played with modified formats (eg 6 v 6) on a small pitch, with a shortened game time.
There is no running, players must have one foot on the ground at all times. No heading, and no kicking the ball above head height. The focus is on the social aspect of the game.
“I guarantee we’ll have either coffees or drinks after every Walking Football session,” said Shaw.
Kissing Point FC President Andrew Frost was looking forward to bringing the Walking Football concept to life at the club.
“Our mission is positive football for everyone. That means having opportunities for all, players who want to play football at a high level, and those who want a more social game. Walking Football fits perfectly with that ethos. I’d love to see a bunch of our past players come back and give it a go and I’m keen to meet new people too. It’s literally the more the merrier.”
Northern Suburbs Football Association Football Development Manager Jake Stephenson echoed Frost’s sentiments.
“Walking Football is perfect for people looking to start their playing journey as well as remaining in the game or to socialise. It develops confidence, friendships and self-esteem which in turn supports mental wellbeing.
“NSFA urge new and existing players to get involved in this exciting initiative in partnership with Kissing Point FC”.
Kissing Point FC is hosting two trial sessions of Walking Football. Anyone interested is encouraged to come and try it out.
The sessions are free, and suitable for men and women of all ages and abilities.
Thursday 1st and 8th of July. (10am)
Auluba Oval, South Turramurra
This Project received grant funding from the Australian Government through Sport Australia.