About Us – an introduction

“If Glenn Hoddle sais one word to his players at half-time..

… it was ‘concentration’ and ‘focus’.    Ron Atkinson


Play ‘Hearts of Oak’ while you browse ? – stirring stuff…
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NO upper age limit and we now tend to split the group into Under and Over 65’s – numbers have grown and we only have limited capacity going forward ring Alan on 07387 174934
Tameside Striders is a Walking Football group which meet to play every Tuesday throughout the year at Denton Youth F.C. King Street, in Denton. Also known as Denton Walking Football Group.
We are carrying forward the walking football initiative facilitated by AgeUK Tameside and primarily concerned with ‘friendly’ games both internal, and external.
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Our games are aimed at Over 50’s men with  a certain level of fitness who enjoy playing a game akin to football, however – – THIS IS NOT FOOTBALL – –. When numbers allow, we now split players into Under 65’s and Over 65’s for internal games. This is working well.
Walking Football is catching on all around the country. We play for twenty-five minutes each way in our internal games. Always on all weather ‘astroturf’ pitches.
We ask a few routine health questions on our  ‘signing on form’ and players indicate  upon signing  that they take part at their own risk. none of us are getting any younger, after all.  There is a £3 fee (or subs) paid by each player on the day which currently gets you up to two hours walking football – or less if you like.  It’s only payable when you play though,  and beyond a signing on fee of £5 at Denton each August, or within a few weeks og]f your first attendance if you like us, there is NO commitment.
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We always have a short warm up with stretching and limbering up to get bodies attuned to the demands of walking football.   Our internal  games are mildly competitive. The results matter but is not important. The games end with  handshakes and a cup of tea.  Cameras are often around and there may be a team photo and some action shots too.  Sometimes we video our games for the group’s website. Tongue in cheek match reports help reinforce a feeling of camaraderie and belonging.  Performances are NOT criticised. On an all weather pitch we PLAY in ALL weathers (except lying snow and thunder & lightning ! ) check out the forecast at the foot of the page.
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This is a great way to become a bit fitter and widen your social circle too..
For internal , weekly games we players supply our own shirts,  shorts and socks (or hogging pants/track suit bottoms etc.  – any kind  or colour of tee shirt will do.  Players are supplied with different coloured ‘bibs’ to differentiate between the teams. Wear trainers or footwear designed  for Astroturf.  NOT FOOTBALL BOOTS
If we play external games against other clubs then we will provide kit,  and laundering.  The rules we play to  are easy to learn. The main one being – NO RUNNING.
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There is limited physical contact with no sliding tackles or heavy challenges allowed. Shoulder charging is ruled out and there is minimal upper body contact too.  You can head a rising ball but there is no obligation to do so – especially if you wear glasses !  Our aim is to reduce the chances of injury to  a minimum. So, rediscover the thrill of scoring a goal or making a decisive pass.  If you miss playing a team sport,  and have not played for years it’s never too late. There is NO upper age limit. Just arrive with an open mind and don’t take yourself too seriously. Play with  a smile on your face and put some fun  back into your life.  We are all of mixed ability – some good players, some average, and  some who  might need to sharpen up  a little. That can come with practice.  All are welcome and the sessions are inclusive.
A further insight into wider walking football and the laws of the game to which we adhere can be found here <Walking Football United>
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There are twice weekly sessions  at Curzon Ashton F.C. under their superb, community based walking football initiative. As some of our players also play with ‘The Nash Amblers’ you’ll find news of their progress here in addition to what goes on at Denton.   The game is growing remarkably quickly nationwide. Be a part of it and remember, with NO upper age limit – it’s never too late.
SESSIONS:  Striders: Tuesday at Denton Youth F.C. Martin’s Fields King Street 10-00am
               The Nash Amblers: Mon & Fri at Curzon Ashton, Richmond St. North 11-00am.
        Currently, these 3 sessions are not mutually exclusive you can play at each or all of them.
                                  Ring Alan on 07387 174934 for further details if you require…and feel free to ask questions via the panel below….
Our ‘Emergency First Aid’ plan. Copies available on request and on display at all Strider’s games and sessions at King Street : Names in smaller print are ‘HELPERS’ in the event of an incident.
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