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Walking the ball into the net
Brentford Extra Time group playing at Griffin Park
Brentford Extra Time group playing at Griffin Park Brentford Extra Time group playing at Griffin Park
Press release

The pace and tempo at which football is played is widely acknowledged to have increased over the years, however at Brentford this could not be further from the truth.

The Bees are giving over-55s from the local community the opportunity to dig out their boots and return to the field of play as part of the club’s Extra Time project. The small-sided matches apply the standard laws of football, with only one exception; no running, no sprinting – just walking.

The Brentford Extra Time ‘Walking Football’ group recently got the opportunity to test their skills on the hallowed turf of Griffin Park – a real treat for many of the participants who are life-long supporters of the League One outfit.

Regular attendee Michael Peacock, aged 72, praised the initiative, saying: “I really enjoy the whole thing. I used to play for Brentford Juniors and to get back playing again has been great. Extra Time gives you a purpose to get up in the morning and keeps you active. It makes a real difference to your health.”

The session’s run every week on Thursday afternoon’s following an armchair aerobics class in the morning. The chair based exercises improve participant’s co-ordination, strength and mobility.

The project also runs a Falls Prevention programme that aims to improve the balance, strength and flexibility of older people suffering from falls in the area. In addition to an exercise class the sessions offer practical advice on actions around the house that can lower the risk of falling and guidance on the correct procedure to follow should you fall.

Amy Crook, Community Co-ordinator at Brentford Community Sports Trust, said: “Extra Time is a fantastic programme and it aims to address some of the barriers that prevent older people being physically and socially active.”

Extra Time successfully runs at 30 professional football clubs in the Premier League and Football League and is jointly-funded by the Football Foundation and Sport Relief, whose 2012 campaign officially launched today.

The programme is helping participants to stay healthy and empowering them to live independent lives. The programme has already engaged around 1,000 older people in their local areas and as a result of Extra Time, 70% said that they found everyday tasks such as climbing stairs easier, 75% had made new friends, 50% felt healthier and 21% used the health services less.

To find out more about Extra Time and the great work the Football Foundation is doing in all over the country follow us on http://twitter.com/TheExtraTime and http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn or visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk.

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Notes to editor
For more information contact: 
• Richard Faulkner on 0845 345 4555 ext 4274 or richard.faulkner@footballfoundation.org.uk