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    Interview With Gary Briggs

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      Name: Gary Briggs

      Age: 54

      Walking Football Club Name: Barnet Over 50s walking football team

      How long have you played Walking Football?

      1 year.


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

      Simply to try it out.


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

      Ideally at least once.


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

      It’s a great feeling especially when we play against other teams and we represent Barnet FC.


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

      Just take it easy.


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

      FA peoples cup and other local tournaments.


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



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

      Yes when I was playing twice a week, general fitness and aerobic improvement.


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



      10) Do you always have a club member present who has had first aid training at your games and training sessions?

      Yes at Barnet fc.


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

      No, but I enjoy the camaraderie at the training sessions and tournaments.


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

      Best – scoring in my debut tournament and working out a tactic to overcome the brilliant (under age) West Ham goalkeeper – we scored 4 goals.

      Worst – consistently missing goal scoring opportunities.


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

      Given me the opportunity to play a game I love.


      14) What do you like most about Walking football?

      Winning a good spirited game.


      15) What do you like least about Walking Football?

      People asking me if it’s easy not to run!



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

      Learn how to shoot on target and try to assemble a GB team for the The Maccabiah Games.


      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 for the first time?

      Just try it – its harmless, nothing to lose.


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

      Generally interested and pleased I enjoy it.


      19) What are the costs involved in order for you to play Walking Football?

      £3 a session.

      20) Anything else you’d like to share?

      If you are thinking of trying WF, don’t ask questions beyond ‘where and when’.

      You are assured of a warm & friendly welcome.


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