FIGHTING FIT FOOTBALL!
Football for people who have Parkinson's Disease
Exercise is recognised as one of the best ways to manage Parkinson's.
If you are interested in playing football, making new friends and sharing common experiences with others who have Parkinson's in a friendly environment, read on..
WHAT WE DO....
Fighting Fit Football hold regular indoor training sessions and small group matches for people with Parkinson‘s disease.
Following his own diagnosis aged 45 Club founder and manager Nick Light has been determined to fight the disease through regular exercise and Fighting Fit Football is his way of helping others to do this.
Although we expect players to be predominantly from the Young Onset of Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) community (ie: diagnosed with Parkinson’s under the age of 50) there is no age limit and both men and women are welcome.
Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, we are a friendly and supportive community team whose aim is to encourage people to play football irrespective of their ability. It doesn’t matter whether you play regularly or used to play in the past, are a newbie or just fancy a kick about, everyone is welcome to play. We are an FA affiliated team and are privileged to play inside Watford FC's training dome near junction 22 of the M25.
We also competed at the Sports Parkinsons Cup, a 7 a-side tournament for players with Parkinsons at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester on 24th July 2021.
The What to Expect section explains our approach and ethos of our training sessions. Typically a session will last 1.5 hours and comprise a short warm up and some stretching, training and drills, team challenges (similar to Soccer AM’s "You Know the Drill") and small group matches.
Together we can give Parkinson’s the boot!
- Mon, 20 SepWatford Football Club Training Ground
- Mon, 27 SepWatford Football Club Training Ground
WHAT TO EXPECT
We do things a little differently at our sessions to recognise some of the challenges that people with Parkinson’s may face when playing.....
SESSIONS ARE FUN & SUPPORTIVE
First and foremost we want you TO HAVE FUN. Although improving fitness and helping your symptoms is an obvious priority, this can only really be achieved if we are enjoying ourselves. We are very proud of the community we have created and so sessions are designed to be enjoyable and supportive.
EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT
You can do as much or as little as you want depending on ability. Some of you will run around for the entire session and others may wish to go at a slower pace.
FOLLOW MEDICAL ADVICE
Please follow any medical advice given by your specialist. It may not, for example, be advisable to head the ball. Please check before you play what medical limitations may apply to you and do not ignore medical advice
PREMIER LEAGUE PITCHES
We play on Watford FC's very own indoor 4G (artificial) pitches. They typically have better stability, drainage and level playing surfaces than grass, which helps with balance and mobility. We are protected from the elements too!
THIS ISN'T PUB FOOTBALL
No crunching tackles please! Although competitive spirit is important we want to keep people safe and sessions enjoyable and supportive. Our sessions are low contact at all times.
SMALL TEAMS & PITCHES
We aim for small group games but it will depend on actual numbers at each session. This means typically 5 or 7 a side on quarter or half sized 4G pitches, following small sided football rules.
We use size 5 Mitre footballs with a weight and design that helps
cushion the ball and increases playability, which is ideal for those looking to minimise the impact on their muscles, joints or balance.
Together we can give Parkinson's the boot!
If you are interested in attending one of our events for the first time, please register via the Events page.
If you do have any questions feel free to check our FAQ, or please contact us by completing the form.
Alternatively if you use social media please follow the links below where you will be able to get the latest updates about Fighting Fit Football as well as send us a message.