Cumberland Walking Football

Walking Football

Keep Playing Football Beyond 50 in Cumberland


For all ages, abilities and fitness levels

If you’ve got the game in you, Walking Football sets you free. Walking Football is the perfect fit for everyone who wants to play football for longer, make new friends, get out of the house and stay active.

With no running, jogging or heading – and tackling with reduced physical contact – Walking Football is a fun and safe way for players to enjoy football and socialise together.

Ideal for anyone who just wants to play football for fun, Walking Football opens the door for players who want to continue playing, or want to return to the game, or who haven’t played that much before.

There are a variety of ways to play from Club football, Leagues and tournaments to informal opportunities through to Just Play. Where there’s a will, there’s always another way to play.

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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.


  If you 're aware of a Walking Football Centre not shown please let us know by emailing 

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 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

Click on the Map above or click below to find the relevant information and contact details for each session:

Sessions are planned for the future. If you would like information on this session when it is confirmed, please contact Ray Sempill. 

Contact: Ray Sempill, 078076 65543,

Friday's at Soccer World, Carlisle, delivered by iCan Health and Fitness CIC 

Women's session is 5pm -6pm. Men is 6pm-7pm.

Cost is £5 per session to help cover the cost of the pitches.


Mondays at 5pm

Cleator Moor Activity Centre, Quarry Road, Cleator Moor, CA25 5AN

Contact Dave Heald:

Mobile: 07747823259


Fridays (11am – 12pm) @ Cockermouth Leisure Centre 

Contact: 01900 823596  

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

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

Friday (2:30 - 4pm) @ Botcherby Community Centre, Victoria Road, Carlisle, CA1 2UE

Contact Paul Jennings, Freelance Personal Trainer & Exercise on Referral Instructor 

Tel: 01228 596992 

Tuesday & Friday (10:00 – 11:30am) @ Newton Rigg College 

Contact: Steve Stockdale, 07748 802002  

Monday, Wednesday and Friday (5-6pm) @ St Joseph's School

Contact: David Wise, 077425 47767,


Thursday (11-12 noon) @ Whitehaven Amateurs FC 

Contact: Nigel, 07518 793752 


Get in Touch

Cumberland FA

 Tel: 01900 511800

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 17:00