Date lodged: 21 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to walking football (a) nationally and (b) in communities.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 31 May 2018
The Scottish Government funds Paths for All to deliver against national physical activity priorities, including walking for health. Paths for All, Age Scotland and other partners initially developed walking football in Scotland to establish the Scottish Walking Football Network. This led to the creation of Walking Football Scotland which I helped launch on 6 December 2017.
The Scottish FA is also supportive of Walking Football Scotland, with much of the local delivery already coordinated by the community clubs and partners the Scottish FA invests in.
The sport has grown rapidly across Scotland by allowing people to reignite their passion for football – despite injury or illness – simply by slowing the sport down. The new organisation already has more than 45 member organisations which run more than 70 sessions every week. As well as physical and mental health, the additional social benefits that come from playing in a football match make this an excellent and inclusive game which I am proud to support.