The beautiful game in its slower format raised over £600 for Kidney Cancer UK after a dedicated participant lost his life in July this year.
Hosted in Preston, a Walking Football tournament was organised by Preston North End Inclusion Manager Mel Brown after losing her uncle, Gerald to Kidney Cancer earlier this year.
“It’s a celebration tournament of my uncle’s life,” said Mel during the tournament which also hosted a raffle with the aim of raising more money for the cause.
“He was still young and still playing for Fleetwood Town's Walking Football team when he died, so what we’ve done is get his old team mates down today alongside various other Community Trust Walking Football teams, including three PNE teams.
“We had teams from Blackpool FC and AFC Fylde as well as a team made up of his closest friends, so it was a bit of fun raising a lot of money and awareness.”
A slower version of football aimed at the over 50s, Walking Football invites those who have stopped playing due to injuries or their age to get back involved with a slower version where running and contact is penalised.
If you’re in the Preston area, over 50 and want to get back into football, Preston North End run sessions for men and women every week. Contact the Trust on 01772 693309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.