Susan Ramsay Swaps Ibrox For Madrid For EFDN Walking Football Tournament
Wed 13th September 2023
Susan Ramsey is just one member of the Rangers Charity Foundation squad that will be swapping Ibrox for Madrid later this month. Susan will be part of the squad that head to Spain to take on teams from across Europe.
The tournament will be hosted by the Getafe Foundation and the Royal Football Federation of Madrid on the 21st September and Susan is looking forward to it.
Speaking prior to travelling Susan said:
“I’m super excited to be heading out to Madrid. It’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a long, long time. Everybody’s feeling the same. We’ve all got that little extra skip in our step because it’s very exciting.”
“It’s an unbelievable opportunity for us to go out there and to be there playing Walking Football with my friends with the Rangers strip on, it’s unreal.
Walking Football is a fast-growing version of the sport which is non-contact and allows participants to play the game they love without the same risk of injury or level of exertion, whilst still boosting fitness.
As part of our partnership with the European Football Development Network (EFDN), our Walking Football programme was launched in 2022 offering people over the age of 50 the chance to take part in free weekly Walking Football sessions at the Ibrox Community Complex.
Susan has been attending Walking Football for a number of years and she explained how she was feeling prior to attending. She said:
“Before I came along to the first session, I thought it would be a bit more rough and tumble but I’m glad that it’s not because it makes Walking Football accessible for everyone. The coaches, John, and Harry referee the games and they try and keep it as close as possible to the way the game is played but they work in really well the walking aspect of it. It makes the whole programme really structured which is really good.”
“I’m a massive Rangers fan and I never had the opportunity to play football and now that I’m a little bit older I can’t play ‘proper’ football but coming here to the Walking Football programmes is such good exercise and it’s given me an opportunity to build new friendships and it’s great to see that there’s a really healthy number of women taking part now too. The health factor is another great reason for me taking part because it’s certainly a good work out.”
“It’s great to be at Ibrox and make new friends but also being able to keep fit at the same time.”
“Mentally it’s great as well because you get a chance for a cup of tea and time to chat afterwards too.”
Talking about the social side of Walking Football Susan said:
“I always look forward to it because it’s not just a case of getting out, you’re looking forward to seeing everybody and catching up. I think after the sessions as well I feel like I’ve been lifted up a bit and I go away home feeling a lot happier too. It’s really healthy place to be both physically and mentally.”
“We’ve got a great little group here and we always look out for each other and if somebody’s not here we’ll get in contact just to make sure they’re okay.”
With Walking Football continuing to gain popularity, Susan wants to encourage more people to get involved. She said:
“I’ll always try and say to people, ‘come along and try it’ because it’s always a good thing to have new people coming along. The ladies’ numbers as well are mounting up. I think we’re up at about 12 or 13 women which is a huge positive. Everybody is welcome so have a think about and come and join us because you never know, you could be the next person headed off to play Walking Football somewhere.”
For more information and to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org call 0141 580 8775.
You can see who is involved in the EFDN Walking Football programme and find out more here.