You’re never too old to play football - that’s the message from a group of over-55s in Chesterfield who play in six-a-side matches every week.
Walking football was developed by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust last year as part of the Extra Time initiative aimed at people aged 55 and over.
The activity proved to be so popular that the players progressed to gentle running and formed their own ‘ExSpires’ team who play at Queen’s Park Sports Centre every Tuesday morning.
They currently have 20 players, with a combined age of 1,290 years - which averages out at 64.5 years per player!
To mark UK Older People’s Day, which was on Monday, retired former Chesterfield players Dave Pugh on Colin Tartt joined in with a walking football session and the pair were impressed with the activity.
Dave, who played 213 League games for the Spireites, said: “I think it’s a great concept and the players clearly love taking part.’’
Colin, who turned out 186 times in the League for the Blues, said: “These guys are so enthusiastic and anything done to keep people fit has got to be a good thing.”
Rachel Booth, from the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, said: “The response we’ve had since launching walking football has been very encouraging.
“The activity helps to improve the health of those taking part and they also get a chance to form new friendships so there are some great benefits to be had.”
To find out more about walking football, please contact Rachel at the Community Trust on 01246 209765 (option 5) or email email@example.com.
Colin is pictured on the far right next to Dave Pugh.