Football is far from over for Wigan Athletic’s Walking Football team, who competed in the national Walking Football Cup last week at St George’s Park.
The eight players, all aged 50+, won the chance to represent Latics after winning a local tournament at the Soccerdome last month, that was organised by Wigan Council’s Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles programme and Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
Latics took on teams from football clubs across the country, including Bristol Rovers, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and eventual competition winners Blackpool.
Alan Bartley, who played in the team, said: “The venue was superb and all of the team had a great day taking part in the national final. We were disappointed with our performance overall as we know how well we can play and the standards we set ourselves are very high. It wasn’t to be this year but we’ll be back next year.”
Chris Baxter, Men’s Health Co-Ordinator for the Community Trust, said: “The team played well throughout the group stages and narrowly missed out on making the top two, with it reaching the final group games to decide which two of four teams would qualify.
“The players worked really hard to get as far as they did and are already planning for next year’s tournament!”
The Walking Football Cup is organised by the English Football League Trust.
To find out more about the Community Trust’s Walking Football opportunities, please contact Chris on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.