About Us – an introduction



Tameside Striders is a Walking Football group which meets to play every Tuesday and Thursday 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 although our ‘Badgers’ form the competitive element at Over 70 level we’re primarily concerned with internal games , and participation in our own ‘Fair Play League’ once a month with other teams such as Vintage Celtic from Staybridge and Burnley ‘Clarets’.
We have  an Over 70’s team which
currently plays league walking football once a month in the
Greater  Manchester Walking Football League in Heywood.
For beginners and  improvers,  men in their mid-sixties  (65) and over , and women over 35  years of age then we have Thursday  session  imaginatively called ‘DENTON THURSDAY’  which could be for you – <look here>. This is now the ideal gateway towards playing with the wider group for men of this age. Of course beginners will progress.  This is a mixed gender session. Women over the age of 35 are welcomed but to be honest, as most women WALK within the rules and in the interests of increasing female participation we’ll consider women of any age. It’s hoped that players will develop as time passes and inevitably the games will get  a little more competitive but always stay just  a little bit different to what we offer on Tuesdays.
We are in the process of evolution with our Thursday sessions and have introduced extra training for established players and a completely new fun game for beginners and improvers.
STOP PRESS: FROM JANUARY 2nd we will have new equipment for beginners and returners to work with for about twenty minutes then  a game of ‘sweeper/keeper’ with mini goals and no goalkeepers as an introduction into walking football.  The equipment is designed for fun – not anything punishing, just working on ball skills, balance and co-ordination. Be part of it !
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Our  Tuesday 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 – –. Due to increased numbers we have now split into two separate sessions. 10am- 11.10am Over 67’s play.  Then, from  11.15am. to 12.25pm. (ish)  it’s the Under 67’s turn.  We have a few players in their 50’s, and  fewer still  who think they’re still teenagers !
Game fee is £3. We aim for a prompt start so help yourselves and be early. If you like us and we’re happy to include you in our number  then there is a £5 signing on fee due until April 1st. of each year (renewable every August).
(Signing on fee suspended from April each year – as a  newcomer you’d  keep playing, then sign up  in August).
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When new players turn up at our Tuesday & Thursday sessions they must first fill in a routine basic health screening form which is deposited with the Secretary. The form includes emergency contact details and a disclaimer to acknowledge the signee agrees they are playing the game at their own risk.
There can be no exceptions to this rule.
Walking Football has caught  on all around the country. We play for twenty-five minutes each way in our internal games. Always on all weather ‘astroturf’ pitches. We are ‘all weather players’.
There is a £3 fee (or subs) paid by each player on the day and is only payable when you play. Not on weeks when you don’t.  99% of games are Refereed. Do not attend with  a highly competitive win-at-all-costs attitude because you’ll soon be found out and advised you’re in the wrong place. We play first and foremost for enjoyment. A non-contact measured game .  We do not want anyone going home via a Hospital. Remember most of us are knocking on a bit treat opponents and team mates with respect, and with  a duty of care. We expand in this below and the message is duplicated because of its importance.
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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 are 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 jog 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 Astro trainers designed  for Astroturf.  NOT FOOTBALL BOOTS.  Astro trainers have ‘pimpled’ soles. They are now compulsory footwear at our sessions.
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 very limited physical contact with no sliding tackles or heavy challenges allowed. Walking Football is a non contact game. Shoulder charging is ruled out and there is a ban on upper body contact too.  No heading the ball.  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.Our most senior player is 84!  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. Even the best players make mistakes at Denton (they do everywhere else too, incidentally)  – often.
For the rules of our games check out Manchester F.A. Rules from the ‘menu’ above.
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There are also twice weekly sessions  at Curzon Ashton F.C. under their  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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