Futsal proves a popular sport for the elderly. Andrew Perryman.

Futsal, or indoor soccer, is known for its fast paced, frantic style of play, but in Golden Square, a variant of the popular sport is proving a hit with the public.

Every Friday at Hattam Street’s Futsal Institute Bendigo, a walking futsal program suitable for people recovering from injury or the eldery is offering a social opportunity for those in the community.

Sports administrator of Bendigo Futsal Gillian Edlin said the idea was taken from similar programs in the United Kingdom.

“In Scotland and England, there is outdoor walking football and futsal, so we thought we would give it a go,” Ms Edlin said.

The program is open to men and women, with 10 to 18 people playing in any session.

Bendigo Futsal was inspired to try the program to give older people a chance to socialise and engage.

Tea, coffee and biscuits after each session are enjoyed by all who attend. To get involved, simply visit 62 Hattam Street, Golden Square between 1pm and 2pm every
Friday.