Cumberland Walking Football

Walking Football

Keep Playing Football Beyond 50 in Cumberland

Walking football is a slower paced version of the beautiful game. This encourages accessibility to participants who are over 50 years of age or who are experiencing health problems.

The slower pace, lack of physical contact and social cohesion offers an environment that is full of physical, social and mental benefits.

The sport is continuing to grow and develop in both a recreational sense, which will see players turn up and play, but also in a competitive environment in which fixtures are arranged against other sessions. 

In 2019 Cumberland FA brought the Walking Football centres together to form a league and festival programme to increase the match opportunities for the established Centres across the county. Beginning in January 2019, the monthly central venue programme moved around the county giving all Centres the opportunity to play. The Cumberland Walking Football League is supported by Cumberland Building Society.

The format for Over 50s has encouraged many retired players to come back to the game as well as introduce some new players to the game.

Many of the Walking Football Centres are about more than the kick about each week. As well as the match programme on Sunday’s throughout the year, the Centres give players an opportunity to get together and socialise.

Watch Highlights of a 2019 Festival in Cumberland

 If you're interested in playing Walking Football or setting up a centre, please contact or 01900 511800

How to get Involved

To support the ongoing development of Walking Football, we have put together a Walking Football toolkit which is aimed at individuals, organisations, groups and clubs who may wish to set up and deliver a Walking Football session, or to support existing Walking Football sessions to grow. The FA have developed the resource in partnership with Age UK, County FA’s and established Walking Football groups and it’s the first stage in a series of developments that will further support the growth of Walking Football.

Find Your Nearest Walking Football Centre

With the relevant information and contact details for each session:

Friday (1:30 - 3pm) @ Workington Leisure Centre, Griffin St, Workington CA14 2DX
Contact: Ray Sempill, 078076 65543,

Tuesday & Friday (2-3pm) @ Neil Centre

Contact: Carlisle United Football in the Community, John Halpin, 01228 554169

Friday (1:30 - 3pm) @ Botcherby Community Centre, Victoria Road, Carlisle
Contact: Ray Sempill, 078076 65543,

Friday (8:30 - 10am) @ Penrith Leisure Centre

Contact: Ann Rylands

Monday & Friday (5-6pm) @ St Joseph's School

Contact: David Wise, 077425 47767,

Thursday (11-12 noon) @ Whitehaven Leisure Centre

Contact: 01946 695666

Wednesday (11 - 12 noon) @ Wigton Rugby Club

Contact: Alan Rainford,

Get in Touch

Cumberland FA

 Tel: 01900 511800

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 17:00


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