Walking back to happiness: the Welwyn Garden City footballers who haven’t hung up the boots just yet

PUBLISHED: 07:30 16 February 2018

The players who took part in the walking football tournament at Welwyn Garden City.

The players who took part in the walking football tournament at Welwyn Garden City.

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A group of men aged over 60-year-old showed you are never to old to play football as they enjoyed a walking football tournament at Welwyn Garden City.

Leyton Orient take on Harvesters from St Albans in the Welwyn Garden City walking football tournament. Leyton Orient take on Harvesters from St Albans in the Welwyn Garden City walking football tournament.

Organised by both the Herns Lane club and Stevenage FC Foundation, a total of 35 took part with the eldest participant being 76.

It was designed to help grow the sessions that are held at the club and attracted teams from Welwyn, Stevenage, Leyton Orient and Harvesters in St Albans.

The walking football session at WGC is not just open to men, both sexes can take part, with the only proviso being you are over 50-years-old.

It is described as a great way to keep fit and is one of five held across the county by the Stevenage Foundation, with enquiries now coming in on a weekly basis.

Players from Leyton Orient travelled to the walking football tournament in Welwyn Garden City. Players from Leyton Orient travelled to the walking football tournament in Welwyn Garden City.

Ozzie Willis, community manager at Stevenage FC said: “The tournament at Welwyn Garden City FC was a fantastic morning of competitive walking football, played in an admirable spirit.

“It is great to see so many men in their 60’s back playing football again in this format, many of whom hung up their boots some 30 years ago and never dreamt of playing again.

“Hopefully our guys saw what a fantastic facility there is at Herns Lane on their 3G Astro and if they don’t return to our session, maybe they can attend a game or two this season and support the club.”

“No experience is required to play, all abilities are welcome and it’s a great way to get fit, improve your health, rehabilitate injuries and the social aspect is huge.

“There is plenty of fun to be had both on and off the pitch where groups stick around for coffees and meet up outside of the weekly sessions.

Karen Fisher, secretary of the Citizens, said: “As a club we are delighted to partner up with Stevenage FC Foundation. This was a successful morning with lots of happy participants.

“WGC FC are very much looking forward to developing more community programmes and events with the SFC Foundation and having a positive impact on residents of Welwyn Garden City and the surrounding villages and towns.”

To find out more email jamesw@stevenagefc.com or visit www.stevenagefcfoundation.com/walking-football

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