Time to de-clatter!
A few patients have mentioned in recent weeks that they’d like to get back into playing football but don’t feel confident enough to do so as they are carrying an old injury, aren’t quite at fit as they used to be and/or are worried about stirring things up – particularly due to the risk of being involved in strong tackles or fouls.
The irony of this is that getting them back to playing their favourite sport would most likely be a really good thing for them to be doing, for a number of reasons – not least of which would be that it could well serve to alleviate and rehabilitate the problems that are being caused by the old injury.
We are therefore trying to get a group of like-minded players together for a weekly small-sided game of football (5/7-a-side depending on numbers). We are calling this ‘non-contact football’ as we want to ensure that players are at minimal risk of injury as the rules will stipulate that there is to be no contact with opposing players whatsoever – aside from inadvertent contact which does not impede the player. We envisage that it’ll be a bit like the football equivalent of touch rugby.
We are aiming this at players in their late thirties, forties and fifties who are keen for a run around (i.e. those that aren’t quite ready for walking football just yet!) and are missing the camaraderie of a game of football plus the sound of the ball hitting the back of the net! Although we’re aiming it at this age range that doesn’t mean that those who are older/younger would not be welcome – just as long as they come with the right philosophy, i.e. that the game is about movement and passing and not physicality and barging.
We are looking to book a pitch in the Chatteris area for an hour one evening during the week on a weekly basis. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you on the list. Hopefully we can get something up and running in the next few weeks.
Here’s to football without the clatter!