Chelmsford City Walking Football Club has been around since the inception of the game in 2012. Walking football is aimed at the over 50’s and the club has over 100 members, ranging from 52 to 80 years of age.
It is a 6-a-side game, with all the skills of the 11-a-side game, except players cannot tackle, put the ball over head height, or, more importantly, run! It forces players to be good at close control, passing and positional play.
We are a proud part of the main Chelmsford City F.C. family and largely exist to offer recreational football to anyone over the age of 50. It doesn’t matter if someone has never played before, are recovering from a health condition, or simply want to get fitter.
We train for 2 hours on both Tuesdays and Thursdays at the 3G pitch, Melbourne Park, Chelmsford as well as training for an hour on a Thursday night at Chelmsford County High School for Girls. The evening session is specifically aimed at those in their 50’ who may still be working.
Spencer Pratten o’60 England captain
Colin Haydon o65’ England captain
Of course, the club also has a competitive dimension, boasting both the England over 60’s and England over 65’s captains at the club.
The club plays in the Essex Walking Football League and national cup competitions, regularly fielding two over 60, two over 65 teams and an over 70’ team. We expect to have an over 50’ team in the Essex League in 2023.
We can claim impressive competitive success over recent seasons, being over 60’s Essex champions in 2018, Essex Age UK Cup winners in 2019 and over 65’s National Cup finalists, as well as being Essex over 65’s champions in both 2021 and 2022.
The club has had an impressive first 10 years, proud of its silverware but even prouder of its place in the community. Countless over 50’ have benefitted from a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and a greater sense of wellbeing from participating in the magic of walking football.
So, whether you are simply looking for a decent excuse to get off the couch to get a bit fitter and meet new folks, or you still have a competitive thirst, Chelmsford City Walking Football Club might be just the place for you.