Name: Kevin Ziants
Walking Football Club Name: Barnet over 50's walking football team
How long have you played Walking Football?
2) Why did you first get involved with Walking Football?
Read about the Friday sessions on the Barnet FC website and was keen to to get involved as I enjoy competitive sport.
I was working at the time , then jumped at the opportunity when extended to Thursday nights.
3) How many times a week do you take part in Walking Football sessions?
When I'm available every Thursday night and Friday afternoon
4) Describe the buzz you get having the opportunity to play a team sport again at your age?
Difficult to describe. I play other sports but gave up on football as I did not have the fitness levels.
I'm just grateful through walking football I am able to play competitively.
5) What one or two things do you currently do in your training sessions that you think are important to avoid injury?
After a thigh injury that kept me out for four weeks it was recommended I did stretches before sessions.
I now carry this out which helps and suggest all participants do likewise
6) Have you played competitive Walking Football, if so which tournaments / leagues?
I've played in many tournaments and matches against other teams.
Wearing the Barnet official kit is a great feeling.
7) Has your diet changed since you have started playing Walking Football? If so what is different?
I'm still partial to red wine after a session , but not before or during despite temptations
8) Do you feel fitter and healthier since you have started playing Walking Football and if so in which ways?
Fortunately, I have always been active and healthy.
Playing walking football has helped me maintain these levels.
9) Have you had any injuries playing and if so what were they?
When I first started playing, joined by my wife Olivia, in the first month we both picked up hand injuries in goal making great saves.
We were in Edgware Hospital Walk In Centre at same time, which staff found amusing.
For a while I was nicknamed sessions Walk in Hospital football.
There was thigh injury previously mentioned.
10) Do you always have a club member present who has had first aid training at your games and training sessions?
11) Has your social life changed since you started playing, and if so in what way?
It has massively.
Before Barnet games I have many people I speak to from our sessions when previously I was Kev no mates at Barnet games.
We have had a big charity games night I was involved in which was memorable.
Last years Christmas meal and karaoke was a blast and can't wait for this years
12) What are your best and worst memories of playing Walking Football?
Best. Being part of winning team that beat Arsenal twice at the Emirates.
Also, in 2 separate matches scoring twice as equalisers against a local rival team .
Worst- Missing a last kick of the game chance when clean through that would have given us a winner against our Local rivals in another game.
13) How else has playing Walking Football affected your life?
It has given me an opportunity I thought I had never have to play competitive football and a new social outlet
14) What do you like most about Walking Football?
I enjoy most the competitive matches wearing the official Barnet colours with pride.
15) What do you like least about Walking Football?
Inconsistency in applying rules, especially on what is described as a "run".
16) What are your goals for the future when playing Walking Football?
I want to continue to represent Barnet competitively for as long as possible
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?
Go for it you have nothing to lose.
You will receive a warm welcome and like with many others receive a new new lease of life
18) What do your friends and family think about you playing a sport again at your age?
Those who know me well think it's great and often ask how it is going.
Quite a few take the Mick, which I'm comfortable with.
19) What are the costs involved in order for you to play Walking Football?
£3 a session and similar cost for tournaments which is affordable and good value.
20) Anything else you’d like to share?
Taking up walking football has had a major positive impact on my life.
If you are of the age , fit and able, I recommend you give it a go.