The beautiful game, just a bit slower!
First pioneered in Midlothian, walking football has become a national hit in recent years and now there are even more ways to get involved in the sport across the county.
Organised by Midlothian Active Choices
Run by Midlothian Active Choices (MAC), a five-a-side game takes place at Gorebridge Leisure Centre every Tuesday, between 2pm - 3pm.
Open to everyone over 55 with all abilities welcome, games last around 10 minutes before a ten minute break for a cup of tea and a blether.
Game started at Lasswade but now takes place in Gorebridge
John Dudgeon, who played junior football with Tranent in his younger days, was involved in setting up the group. John said: "I was attending other MAC classes and suggested starting a walking football class.
"There were a few others who were keen and with the help of Isabel (MAC Co-ordinator) and Keith Wright (Former SFA Football Development Officer) we were able to get it up and running, firstly at Lasswade and now at Gorebridge."
Games keep you fit and active
John, from Cousland, added: "The games are great, they keep you fit and active. The social aspect of it is really good too, you get to have a chat and get to know everyone."
Midlothian Active Choices (MAC) is a physical activity referral service for adults in Midlothian who are currently suffering from mild/moderate mental health conditions, weight management problems, or long term or chronic illnesses.
Midlothian Active Choices is an Integrated Care Funded service
MAC is an Integrated Care Funded service based within Midlothian Council’s Sport & Leisure team and is based on the objectives of the National Physical Activity Strategy 'Let's Make Scotland More Active' and the Midlothian Joint Health Improvement Plan.
If you would to join the walking football MAC class or are interested in other MAC activities, please contact Isabel Lean, MAC Co-ordinator, on 0131 561 6507 or email [email protected].
Ageing Well also offer walking football classes
Ageing Well, which aims to provide a range of opportunities to encourage the over 50s in Midlothian to increase their physical activity levels, also offer walking football.
For more information about walking football and other activities offered through Ageing Well service, visit the Active Midlothian website.