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Walking Football creating healthier lives

Are you looking to get your heart pumping but can’t be bothered with gym memberships or aren’t up to running for a full 90 minutes? Well Walking Football may just be the ticket for you.

Every Thursday, Walking Football sessions are open to all at Llandarcy Sports Academy between 3.30-4.30pm and are free to attend.

An initiative delivered by our Hearty Lives project, it aims to get more people active and involved with exercise and is suitable for all.

“We want to make sure people of all ages and abilities can get onto the football pitch at a walking pace,” said Leonne Daniel, the Hearty Lives Co-ordinator. “Weekly exercise like this can, and is, changing peoples’ lives and encourages more people in the Neath Port Talbot area to get regular exercise and to keep fit and healthy,” he continued.

Supported by the British Heart Foundation Swansea city AFC Community Trust, Neath Port Talbot CVS and the NPT Pass team, and co-ordinated by Hearty Lives NPT it also aims to reduce the risk of heart disease and the participants can certainly feel the benefits of taking part.

“The project has definitely helped me since it started,” said Keith Jenkins from Cwmafon who has taken part in Walking Football for six months. “Hearty Lives has given me education on exercise, the heart, advice on diet and taking part has even encouraged me to give up smoking.”

“It definitely makes a difference and Hearty Lives has probably helped hundreds of people to lose weight, give up drinking and smoking and get involved with regular physical exercise,” added Leonne.

So if you want to take part in exercise but high intensity sport doesn’t appeal to you, Walking Football could be right up your street.

Interested? Come along to one of our sessions every Thursday at the Llandarcy Academy of Sport between 3.30-4.30pm. For more information, please contact Leonne by calling 07876885194 or email him on

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