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    Interview With Bob Bacon

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      Name: Bob Bacon

      Age: 61

      Location: Warfield Berkshire

      Walking Football Club Name: Bracknell Town Walking FC

      Favourite Position: Defense

      1) How long have you played Walking Football?

      Played for 18 months.


      2) Why did you first get involved with Walking Football?

      Encouraged to play by colleagues in football.


      3) How many times a week do you take part in Walking Football sessions?

      Play twice a week.


      4) Describe the buzz you get having the opportunity to play a team sport again at your age?

      The buzz; camaraderie, immense fun but come tournament time, there is a different feel.


      5) What one or two things do you currently do in your training sessions that you think are important to avoid injury?

      Stretching and stretching, before and after and the next day too.

      Never done so much stretching.


      6) Have you played competitive Walking Football, if so which tournaments / leagues?

      Played in 2 tournaments, one at Woking FC, reaching the semi final and the Macmillan tournament at Maidenhead which we won.


      7) Has your diet changed since you have started playing Walking Football? If so what is different?

      Diet - I keep my self reasonably fit by road cycling but I now drink more water eat more protein now.


      8) Do you feel fitter and healthier since you have started playing Walking Football and if so in which ways?

      Healthier and fitter? Oh yes.

      My breathing is easier.


      9) Have you had any injuries playing and if so what were they?

      Injuries - strained achilles through not stretching, I don't make that mistake now.


      10) 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?

      We have several members equipped to help with first aid (including myself) and a defibrillator is available.


      11) Has your social life changed since you started playing, and if so in what way?

      We have social evenings at local restaurants which is always a good laugh (although at our age, everyone goes home before 10 on clock)


      12) What are your best and worst memories of playing Walking Football?

      I have nothing but good memories. I enjoy the game, enjoy the competition, enjoy the friendships and enjoy the tournaments.


      13) How else has playing Walking Football affected your life?

      I'm the chairman at Binfield FC so I'm involved with the game from under 6 to Hellenic Premier league, this gives me another view of the game and appreciation that even at 61 I can compete.


      14) What do you like most about Walking Football?

      what do I like? I like playing - simple.


      15) What do you like least about Walking Football?

      What do I not like?

      The inconsistency of rules in tournaments.

      It would be beneficial if the FA established clear concise rules that are simple to administer and make refereeing easier.


      16) Do you find it difficult NOT to run and what advice could you give someone in how to remain at walking pace?

      Walking v running?

      I play at the back so am able to see the play in front of me.

      Play with your head up and improve the reading of the game.


      17) What are your goals for the future when playing Walking Football?

      My goals?

      Play next week and the week after that and the week after that.

      Play in more tournaments and play Surrey league football which starts this month - mix the training with the competitive stuff.


      18) 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?

      New to the game?

      Don't be shy whatever the ability.

      You make new friends without a doubt.


      19) What do your friends and family think about you playing a sport again at your age?

      What do people think?

      My family think it's brilliant.

      My friends are keen to get involved (once they get to 50)


      20) What are the costs involved in order for you to play Walking Football for foot ware, kit and weekly session fees?

      Costs - minimal really.

      I pay £3 a session to play on a decent 3G surface, footwear is not expensive and the same for kit.


      1) Anything else you’d like to share?

      I'm on the front row, far right.

      The winning squad on Friday.


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