Walking football team hopes soon to be up and running

A new walking football squad may be kicking off in Hawick, after it staged a warm-up meeting last week.

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 1:25 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:53 am
Enthusiasts from new Hawick walking football group, with founder Rob Hale, third left (picture by Alistair Learmonth)

The line-up attracted a handful of interested would-be players – including a husband and wife partnership – and organisers are hoping word of mouth will attract a few more. The team, founded by Rob Hale, is holding meetings at the Old Baths in Hawick on Tuesday afternoons over the next eight weeks, and hopes to get a core group of around 12-14 players. Posters are also going up to promote the new Hawick team, as well as other walking football squads in Alnwick, Newcastleton, Kelso, Gala, and elsewhere.

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If the idea really takes off, then some local players could even figure in a Borders team, as part of a Scotland league.

You don’t need to have past experience as a player – or even a spectator – to take part in walking football. It’s a friendly, very enjoyable form of exercise and all-inclusive social fun. “It’s about exercising and having good fun, although it’s not just an amble,” explained Rob. “There’s a mix of ages, a mix of abilities – and some disabilities – and it’s not a heavily physical sport. It’s accessible to a wide-ranging group of people from around 50 through to their 80s and it is good for social contact.” If you’re interested, contact Rob Hale on 0145 036 3730.