These (football) boots were made for walking

By The Gateshead Housing Company

Housing company tenants have been getting fit with Gateshead FC’s Silver Soccer sessions. The sessions use Walking Football to improve fitness without the intensity of the regular sport.

Walking football

Silver Soccer runs at venues throughout Gateshead and is open to everyone. A large group of men and women of all ages – from 30 to over 80 years old – currently attends the weekly sessions.

Not only is walking football a great way to keep fit, it also brings players together socially with Inter Hub Tournaments and social gatherings with people of different ages and backgrounds.

Stephen Farnfield, 57, is a regular at Silver Soccer. He said: “It’s an opportunity to give your heart a good workout and work up a good sweat without racing around the pitch at 100mph.

“At 55 years old I’d just about given up kicking a football in earnest again. I never thought that less than three months after my first session I’d be turning out for “MY” (Gateshead FC) Football Club in a competitive match, certainly not at the tender age of 56.”

“I may be 57 now but I’d like to think that I’ll still be playing this in 10 or more years’ time.”

Brian Waites, Managing Director at Gateshead FC said: “Silver Soccer is part of a wider community programme launched in 2016. In consultation with Gateshead Council, we established the need for a Community Programme to create a greater awareness of leading a healthy lifestyle for the residents of Gateshead.”

“The Silver Soccer programme has been well received with over 85 participants regularly attending the four times weekly sessions at various locations throughout the borough and made possible by part-funding from the National League Trust.”

Weekly sessions currently run at Gateshead Leisure Centre, Elgin Centre, Gateshead International Stadium and Cleveland Hall and cost just £2 per session. Sessions are open to all ages and abilities. Want to know more? Visit, email or call 0191 478 3883.