To coincide with World Parkinson’s Day on April 11th, Watford Leisure Centre – Woodside, in partnership with Watford Council and Fighting Fit Football, has launched free walking football sessions for individuals living with Parkinson’s.
The initiative is aimed at encouraging people with Parkinson’s to stay active, and to manage the symptoms of the condition.
Gary Foley, Contract Manager at Watford Leisure Centre – Woodside, stated, “We’re really excited to partner with Fighting Fit Football and Watford Borough Council, to offer Walking Football sessions for people living with Parkinson’s at Watford Leisure Centre – Woodside. We’re working with the local organisation to introduce the sessions, set to be highly beneficial for individuals living with Parkinson’s, enabling them to enjoy physical activity, whilst helping to manage the symptoms of the condition.”
Foley continued, “Walking football also increases social interaction, making it a great way to meet new people and make friends. Plus, people of any age and ability can play, especially those who are slightly older, so the game appeals to everyone.”
The free walking football sessions will begin on Friday, April 14th and run weekly until October 2023. Last year, Everyone Active introduced free memberships for individuals living with Parkinson’s across all its sites, which resulted in over 50 people signing up for the program at Watford Leisure Centre – Woodside.
Those interested in participating can visit the official website to learn more or book a session. The launch of this initiative is expected to raise awareness about the importance of exercise for individuals living with Parkinson’s and encourage them to maintain an active lifestyle.