Football with a difference ‘Danderball’ comes to Cookstown

Sports Operations Manager Eunan Murray and Active Communities Coach for Older People Steven McEhatton are joined at the launch of Danderball with players Denis McElhatton & Jim McHugh.
Sports Operations Manager Eunan Murray and Active Communities Coach for Older People Steven McEhatton are joined at the launch of Danderball with players Denis McElhatton & Jim McHugh.
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There’s a new sport in town, and one which you might not be very familiar with! ‘Danderball’ is the name of the latest exciting new programme for anyone over 50 years of age to hit the Mid Ulster Council area.

Danderball is football with a difference, as it is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at over 50s and open to everyone.

The benefits of this version of the game are clear to see, and if we can help encourage more people to get back into playing that would be brilliant

Steven Mc Elhatton - Active Communities Coach

It is designed to help people maintain an active lifestyle, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injury or aches and pains.

The game is played to traditional small-sided football rules but with one exception, anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play is penalised and the opposition get a free kick.

Active Communities Coach, Steven Mc Elhatton explained: “The benefits of this version of the game are clear to see, and if we can help encourage more people to get back into playing that would be brilliant. It’s extremely inclusive, and offers something exciting to those who are searching for a slower paced version of the game, or anyone who has suffered an injury and is looking to still keep active.

“The main purpose of the programme is for people to have fun. This fits with the aims of the Active Communities Programme in helping more people get out and about, and improve fitness, health and a sense of well-being.”

The Danderball Programme will start on Wednesday 11th November, 6-7pm at Cookstown Leisure Centre and run for 6 weeks. For more information contact Steven Mc Elhatton on 028 867 67135 or email Steven at steven.mcelhatton@midulstercouncil.org