WHY PARKINSONS AND FOOTBALL?
The benefits of regular exercise are widely documented as being one of the best ways to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This is especially true of team sports, football can not only be physically rewarding, the benefits of team spirit and camaraderie are also key to mental wellbeing.
Our enjoyable sessions aim to give you the chance to have fun, get fit, make new friends and share common experiences with others with Parkinson’s.
HOW DO I KNOW IF IT'S RIGHT FOR ME?
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. Typically the age range of our players is 40 to 65.
It doesn't matter if you are a regular player, just fancy a kick about, or haven't played at all, everyone is welcome.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR AN EVENT?
All new players must pre-register for their first training session each season by selecting the event they wish to attend, and clicking the register button.
Pre-registration is a mandatory FA requirement following the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The registration & consent form must be completed and submitted online. You will then receive a confirmation email of your attendance
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO TRAINING?
Please bring your own refreshments and wear Astro trainers / moulded studs (no metal studs) and clothing appropriate for exercise.
We also recommend you wear layers as the temperatures in the training dome can often drop during colder evenings.
Due to Covid restrictions don't forget hand sanitiser, & a face mask (during temperature check)
Shin pads are optional.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT TRAINING ?
First of all we want everyone to enjoy themselves, our sessions are designed to be fun and supportive.
We adapt our sessions as necessary to suit our players and ensure they are low contact at all times.
Sessions last 1.5 hours and comprise a short warm up, group training, team challenges (similar to Soccer AM’s You Know the Drill) and small group matches, all at your own pace.