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ECCQ Chronic Disease Program and Football Queensland partners in Walking Football Program

Recognising the needs to create opportunities for at risk Queenslanders from CALD backgrounds to participate in a range of culturally appropriate sports and exercises, ECCQ Chronic Disease Program has recently established a partnership with Football Queensland to deliver a trial walking football workshop to its bi-lingual community health workers to better understand this new type of sport and evaluate its reach and access for CALD community members.

As a result, we have now planned for further trial workshops with multicultural community groups in Brisbane North side as part of our chronic disease health prevention education delivery. Our bi-lingual community health workers will be working closely with coaches and instructors from Football Queensland to deliver the trials with an aim to support interested community members to join their local football clubs for on-going physical health and wellbeing.

The Walking Football program offers a social, small-sided version of football specifically modified for older Australians. Walking football focuses on passing rather than speed and running. The game is low-impact, team-based exercise, utilising defined ‘walking football rules and formats’. There is no physical contact between players an one must always having one foot on the ground.

Walking football program is consistent with our aim of promoting health, physical activity, well-being and social benefits. We will continue to promote engagement of our communities in this sport in our future initiatives.

For more information, please contact Ms. Hong Do, Chronic Disease Program Manager at [email protected] or 07 38449166.

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