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Walking football, a slow paced sport aimed at over 50's, is a rapidly growing activity that's becoming vastly recognised all over the world. 

Exeter City Community Trust, Exeter's leading health and wellbeing charity, offer walking football programmes in eight different locations across Devon. One lucky group, from Exeter, had the opportunity to play at St James Park, home of Exeter City Football Club, on Tuesday (14th May).  

The players had all morning to have a kick about on City's pristine pitch - but it wasn't for the first time. During the football season, when Exeter City are playing home games, City Community Trust organise half-time walking football matches - playing in front of the roaring Big Bank. But that's just one of the many advantages the players acquire. 

Walking football participant Bob, who's from Plymouth, has been playing the sport for two years. During his time taking part in the sport, he has noticed a considerable difference in his lifestyle. 

"During my time playing Walking Football I have lost half a stone of weight," said Bob. "I play twice a week because it's good for my cardiovascular fitness and it's far more fun than being in the gym."

Dan Hewitt, Exeter City Community Trust's walking football coach, says there's not just a physical benefit but a huge metal benefit too. "The social side of it is really underestimated," added Dan. 

"As the players get older they close themselves away, and Walking Football is a massive inclusion. They get out and about, do stuff together and have a great laugh."

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