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Launch of City's first walking football tournament

Launch of City's first walking football tournament A new sport has hit Canterbury-Bankstown, one that not only satisfies those with the competitive itch but also people seeking a low-impact alternative to traditional sports. No  

A new sport has hit Canterbury-Bankstown, one that not only satisfies those with the competitive itch but also people seeking a low-impact alternative to traditional sports.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown has teamed up with the Bankstown District Amateur Football Association (BDAFA) and Canterbury and Districts Football Association (CDSFA) to host the City’s first Walking Football Tournament.

Mayor Khal Asfour is looking forward to the tournament’s launch at 11am on Monday 4 December at the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre.

"Walking Football, or rather low-impact football, is a new sport that has only recently started in Australia," Mayor Asfour.

"It is very similar to 6-a-side, or futsal, however there is a focus on passing the ball rather than speed and running.

"Some other key rules include: players concede a free kick if they run; slide tackles are banned; the ball can't be kicked above hip height; and there are no goalkeepers."

BDAFA General Manager, Shane Merry, said he was excited to be partnering with Council; Club Rivers; Riverwood Community Centre; Football NSW; and the Department of Family and Community Services, to run the progam.

"This provides another sector of the community with the chance to play football and it’s particularly important as it gives the ageing population the chance to stay fit and healthy," he said.

"We’ve had some great feedback so far, in particular from local community organisations, which were very quick to jump on board."

For more information, go to bdafa.com.au, call 9771 3322 or email walkingfootball@bdafa.com.au


 8/03/2018 10:11 AM