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Knutsford leagues look to recruit players

By on January 16, 2019

Leisure Leagues is looking to recruit more players to join their football leagues in Knutsford.

The league play 6 a side football at Egerton Youth Club on Monday evenings.

According to the group, over 70 studies have taken place over the last ten years which have found that playing football for 15 weeks – around the length of a Leisure Leagues season – substantially reduced the risk of heart and lung disease, as well as lessening the chance of diabetes and leading to a weight loss of 5lbs on average.

Leisure Leagues James Coe said:  “We are very proud of the community aspect to our leagues. Sport brings people together in a way that nothing else does and we are thrilled that in so many places around the world our leagues are a real focal point for friendships to both develop and flourish. It has long been our belief that the health benefits were also huge, these studies prove it. An interesting aspect of the studies showed that these benefits are seen no matter what the age or gender of the participants was, meaning that small-sided football was the most universally beneficial. With  James adding: “We have seen a real increase in women’s and veterans teams in the last 12 months, which makes such news even more gratifying.”

It is now the hope of Leisure Leagues that the academic interest in the sport will lead to a change in perception, as James pointed out: “All too often a game of a 6 a side is seen as something that people do before going to the pub, but these studies do show that those days are increasingly over.”

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