Name: Alan Preston
Location: Potters Bar
Walking Football Club Name: Barnet
Favourite Position: Midfield or Forward
Could you start by telling us a little about your background such as if you were you a sporty person when you were younger, and how long you had a break from playing sports before you got involved with Walking Football?
I have always been involved with sports from a very young age football mainly with cricket in the summer.
Played at junior and senior level at school before starting work where there was a works team.
I've never really had a break from playing I played 5 a side until I was 50 years old.
How long have you played Walking Football?
I started playing just love 2 has ago.
Why did you first get involved with Walking Football?
To keep myself fit and to make new friends which I have.
How many times a week do you take part in Walking Football sessions?
Because I still work I try to go at least twice a week either at Barnet or where I live at Potters Bar.
Can you let the readers know about your Walking Football sessions in regards of which age group are they for, are they male only, female only or unisex sessions?
We seem to have a good mix of ages 50s 60s and 70 plus mainly men.
When you play a game of Walking Football do you play to the WFA / WFU or FA rules and why did your club decide to follow those rules of the game?
We play to WFA Rules.
Describe the buzz you get having the opportunity to play a team sport again at your age?
I love playing football love the game so I feel privileged to still play in a team sport that I really enjoy and hope to keep playing in the future.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training sessions that you think are important to avoid injury?
I still stretch from head to toe and hopeful avoid in aches and pains.
Have you played competitive Walking Football, if so which tournaments / leagues?
I have played in tournaments that Barnet have arranged and play in the people's FA.Cup.
Has your diet changed since you have started playing Walking Football? If so what is different?
No I try to keep eat healthy fruits and fresh foods grilled no fried.
Do you feel fitter and healthier since you have started playing Walking Football and if please describe how?
I keep fit through playing quite regular at Barnet.
Can you describe any injuries you have suffered when playing Walking Football and can you let the readers know how they were caused?
I’m just getting over from a slight knee strain which happened whilst training one Friday.
No fault only my own.
Do you always have a club member present who has had first aid training at your games and training sessions, and is there a defibrillator available if needed?
Yes Conner he was on hand to assist when I strained my knee and Barnet gave me some ice for the injury.
Has your social life changed since you started playing, and if so in what way?
Yes we have a chat and a cuppa afterwards we talk about various things mainly football.
Does your club or facility where you play Walking Football hold any social or charity events connected with Walking Football and if so what were they?
We just had a Christmas get together which was fun.
What are your best and worst memories of playing Walking Football?
Don't have any bad memories all good so far.
How else has playing Walking Football affected your life?
It's a great social get together and on and of the pitch.
What do you like most about Walking Football?
Making new friends and being able to play a game I will never miss.
What do you like least about Walking Football?
What's not to like it's good to be involved.
Do you find it difficult NOT to run and what advice could you give someone in how to remain at walking pace?
It is hard having played the game normally I always try and keep to the rules and encourage others to do the same.
What are your goals for the future when playing Walking Football?
To keep playing as long as is possible.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to play but is nervous about approaching a club or attending a Walking Football session for the first time?
Just to come along and take part it doesn't matter how good you are it's something to help you get fit or keep fit.
What do your friends and family think about you playing a sport again at your age?
They don't mind at first they thought it funny but have got use to me attending.
What are the costs involved in order for you to play Walking Football for foot ware, kit and weekly session fees?
Kits are supplied by Barnet for matches so no cost there, all I've forked putt for so far are trainers and shin pads.
And it's only £3 per session on Fridays.
Anything else you’d like to share?
No Not really just keep up the good work and encourage all that want to play.