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WE  ARE....

FIGHTING FIT FOOTBALL!

 

FA Grassroots Project of the Year 2022 National Winner!

 

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....

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We are FA Grassroots Project of the Year 2022...

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

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. We offer both 5/7 a-side and walking football. 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.   Although players are likely to be predominantly from the more active and /or younger members of the Parkinson's community there is no age limit and both men and women are welcome.

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.

 

We are an FA affiliated team and are privileged  to play inside Watford FC's training dome near  junction 22 of the M25.

In July 2022 we were delighted to be selected by the FA as their national winner of Grassroots Project of the Year award, in recognition of our work helping the Parkinson's community.

We host special football events whenever we can and are privileged to be sending two teams to compete at the Cure Parkinson's Cup, a fully inclusive walking football tournament for people with Parkinson's at St George's Park, home of England's national teams, on 21st April 2024.

 

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 stretching, training and drills, team challenges and small group matches.

Our Club Charter describes our vision, mission and values for our Club and shapes the way we run Fighting Fit Football. 

Together we can give Parkinson’s the boot!

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Upcoming Events

  • FFFC Parkinson's 5 / 7 a-side Football
    FFFC Parkinson's 5 / 7 a-side Football
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, 22 Apr
    Watford Football Club Training Ground
    22 Apr 2024, 20:00 – 21:50
    Watford Football Club Training Ground, Bell Ln, Shenley, St Albans AL2 1BZ, UK
    22 Apr 2024, 20:00 – 21:50
    Watford Football Club Training Ground, Bell Ln, Shenley, St Albans AL2 1BZ, UK
    We welcome players with Parkinson's for a supportive & friendly football training session at Watford FC's training ground, all abilities and ages welcome, for both men & women!
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  • FFFC Parkinson's Walking Football
    FFFC Parkinson's Walking Football
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, 26 Apr
    Woodside Leisure Centre Astro
    26 Apr 2024, 12:30 – 13:30
    Woodside Leisure Centre Astro , Horseshoe Ln, Watford WD25 7HH, UK
    26 Apr 2024, 12:30 – 13:30
    Woodside Leisure Centre Astro , Horseshoe Ln, Watford WD25 7HH, UK
    We welcome people with Parkinson's for a supportive & friendly walking football training session at Woodside Leisure Centre, Watford. All abilities & ages welcome, for both men & women.
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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.....

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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, especially relating to exercise and / or medication. 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 or thumping headers 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 & walking football rules.

NO HARD 

BALLS

We use size 5 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!