football helps Burnham-On-Sea cardiac patient play sport again
cardiac patient Paul Lapham believed his days of playing football
were long since gone but thanks to a walking football scheme at
King Alfred Sports Centre in Highbridge he can now enjoy playing
a sport he once loved as a teenager.
who'd always enjoyed sport and fitness, developed Angina last year
which led to two operations to fit stents and an eight week programme
of rehabilitation at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
fitness and heart rate was monitored before Paul decided to take
on new exercise to fully regain his health.
now plays five aside walking football at King Alfred Sports Centre
every week which is aimed at the over fifties age group.
the name implies, walking football is a slower version of the game
and it is designed to attract older players back into the sport.
Any player caught running concedes a free kick to the opposition.
says although football is played at a slower rate the game has lost
none of its excitement for the players involved.
ten minutes the natural competitiveness kicks back in, you can have
all the pleasure of the game without the pain, scoring a goal, or
blocking a shot you still feel part of a team and the excitement
of wanting to win and enjoying the sport."
camaraderie has been great, I havent played football since
I was a teenager and I thought I would not have been able to take
it up again but this scheme has proved me wrong, there is a fantastic
team spirit and it is a great work out for 60 minutes."
Football sessions are available at King Alfred Sports Centre on
Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Call 01278 786868 for details.
Pictured: Paul Lapham is pictured second from right in back