Name: Barry Warren
Age: 65 and a half
Location: The True Giants of North London--Barnet FC
Walking Football Club Name: Barnet Over 50s walking football team
1) How long have you played Walking Football?
2) Why did you first get involved with Walking Football?
Because of my lifetime love of watching professional football at Barnet FC.
3) How many times a week do you take part in Walking Football sessions?
Always once, usually twice.
4) Describe the buzz you get having the opportunity to play a team sport again at your age?
No buzz at playing again, as it's a completely new experience, having never played a team game, but just great fun.
5) What one or two things do you currently do in your training sessions that you think are important to avoid injury?
The main thing is to have the job of giving out the playing bibs, making sure I'm on the same side as certain players and not against 'em. :))
6) Have you played competitive Walking Football, if so which tournaments?
Yes,we've recently set up an exclusive over 65's group and have taken part in 2 tournaments which Terry Rice at Romford has organized brilliantly.
Early learning days,but at least we did score on both occasions!
7) Has your diet changed since you have started playing Walking Football? If so what is different?
No, but the timing of eating lunches and evening dinners with sessions at 2.0 and 7.0 is more of a problem.
till not figured out whether to eat before or after.
8) Do you feel fitter and healthier since you have started playing Walking Football and if so in which ways?
Simply yes. Easy to measure fitness over 2 years by comparing when tiredness sets in during a session.
9) Have you had any injuries playing and if so what were they?
Only my pride when my mistakes lead to opposition goals.
10) Do you always have a club member present who has had first aid training at your games and training sessions?
in 2 years and with 40 or 50 players, I don't recall a time when someone has needed treatment but sharing the training ground with Barnet football club, the answer is yes.
11) Has your social life changed since you started playing, and if so in what way?
Yes, I'm spending far too much time enjoying myself with a great bunch of guys [and gals] that both my accountant and the Inland Revenue are questioning why my takings as a cab driver have dropped so much in the last 2 years.
12) What are your best and worst memories of playing Walking football?
Scoring my first goal in a training session but then having to wait 38 weeks to score my second.
NB * Barry is the top scorer in Barnet's over 65 team.
13) How else has playing Walking Football affected your life?
Having never played a team game only individual ones, it has taught me how to try to be a team player, even if I still go walkabout far too often for my team mates' liking.
14) What do you like most about Walking football?
15) What do you like least about Walking Football?
As a lover of walking, it would be easy to say the football, but on a slightly serious note there has to be a clear definition of walking, over and above "one foot on the ground" which gives carte blanche to almost anything.
Heal down,straight leg,as many have suggested seems a perfectly reasonable proposal which the Walking Football Association say they will adopt and I wish them the best of luck as it will require both demonstration and enforcement and I fear much opposition.
16) What are your goals for the future when playing Walking Football?
To continue improving my original non-existent football skills of 2 years ago and most important,my fitness levels.
17) 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?
I can't , it's a bit like going on a first date and if you have limited ability or as when I started ,aged 64, absolutely none,there is no question some clubs are better than others.
My only experience is with Barnet,the club I have supported most of my life and I'm proud to say they will give you a huge welcome and every encouragement to improve fitness and use their terrific facilities at The Hive.
18) What do your friends and family think about you playing a sport again at your age?
They are astonished at me playing sport at all!
19) What are the costs involved in order for you to play Walking Football?
£3 a session but my accountant tells me it's a lot more with the time I spend enjoying myself :))
20) Anything else you’d like to share?
Please join us At the hive Thursday 2-3pm and Friday 7-8pm