INTRODUCING 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..

 

WHO ARE WE?

Fighting Fit Football hold regular indoor training sessions and small group matches for people with Parkinson‘s disease.

Following my own diagnosis aged 45 I have been determined to fight the disease through regular exercise and Fighting Fit Football is my 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 play indoors at Watford FC's training dome near  junction 22 of the M25.  

We will also be entering a team into the Cure Parkinsons Cup  and are raising funds to help find a much needed cure via our Virgin MoneyGiving page.

 

The What to Expect section explains our approach and ethos of our training sessions. Typically a session will last 1 hour and comprise a short warm up, 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!

 
Upcoming Events
Fighting Fit Football Parkinson's training
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Following the rapid spread of Coronavirus we have taken the decision to suspend training for the time being. Training events shall resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
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The Cure Parkinson's Cup - postponed to a date TBC
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Sixways Stadium
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Sixways Stadium, Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way, Hindlip, Worcester WR3 8ZE, UK
Fighting Fit Football will be sending a team to the first Cure Parkinson's Cup Players with Parkinson's of any ability, age or gender are invited to enter this new tournament which is raising money for The Cure Parkinson's Trust and their work to fund life-changing research.
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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. 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.

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 where possible.

NO HARD 

BALLS

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!

 

CONTACT US

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 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. 

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