Walking football in the capital is, like many other parts of the country, soaring in popularity. Edinburgh has four main walking football groups who are all reporting increased numbers at their sessions.
Hearts are one of the city's most established groups with over 100 players on their data base and around 50 turning up each week. The group, which meet on a Tuesday play out of the World of Football at the Corn Exchange during the winter months but have recently moved outdoors back to their spiritual home at Tynecastle during the "summer".
The Oriam group enjoy the benefits of playing in Scotland's superb national sports centre at Heriot Watt University campus on Wednesday and Fridays attracting an average of around 30 per session from over 50 registered players.
On Mondays the Spartans Connections, who offer football opportunities right across the community, play out of the Spartans Community Football Academy with numbers ranging from 12 to 20.
Edinburgh City have seen a surge in players over the last few months since having to move from, the soon to be demolished, Meadowbank to the Corn Exchange at Chesser. The group, who play every Thursday, now have almost 30 per session from a data base of over 50.
The walking football scene is incredibly healthy in the capital with many participants playing 2 or 3 times per week across the city's groups which makes all the sessions friendly and newcomers and visitors to Edinburgh are most welcome at all the above groups.