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Berowra Football Club proudly celebrates the incredible success of its Walking Football program, which has revolutionized the way people of all ages and abilities engage with the beautiful game. Walking Football, an inclusive version of the sport, allows individuals to participate without running, making it accessible to everyone.
Since its adoption in 2017, Berowra FC’s Walking Football program has grown into one of the largest in New South Wales, attracting up to 30 participants per session. The program has become a lifeline for individuals facing physical limitations, such as Sarah Williams, who was diagnosed with osteoporosis. For Sarah and others like her, Walking Football offers the opportunity to continue playing the sport they love in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Cath Tucker, a dedicated member of the club and a passionate advocate for walking football, has played an instrumental role in its success. Born with cystic fibrosis, Cath turned to football as a means of coping with her condition. Even after a double lung transplant, she remains committed to the game and encourages others with disabilities and chronic health conditions to participate.
Walking Football is not only beneficial for those with health concerns; it also welcomes newcomers, returners to sport, and older adults seeking an active lifestyle. Pat Griffiths, a 73-year-old participant, emphasizes how exercise through Walking Football has positively impacted her overall well-being and self-confidence.
As the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup approaches, Berowra FC aims to inspire more women, especially older individuals, to consider Walking Football as an enjoyable and inclusive option for staying active and engaging with others.