- Wigan Athletic set to be represented in FL Trust Walking Football national finals.
- Latics finished runners-up in regional tournament in Blackpool.
- Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles providing successful team.
A team of over 50s are set represent Wigan Athletic in the Football League Trust's Walking Football national finals at St. George's Park after finishing as runners-up in a regional tournament hosted in Blackpool on Saturday.
The team, provided by Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, took part in the nine-team tournament, finishing as winners of Group B above Fleetwood Town, Port Vale, Carlisle United and Preston North End with three victories and one draw to qualify for the semi-finals.
Latics went on to beat Blackburn Rovers before being defeat in the final by the hosts Blackpool, seeing them qualify for the national finals on Tuesday 7 June.
'Wigan Whites' who represent Latics, won a local tournament at the Powerleague Soccerdome in Wigan in April to initially qualify for the regional competition.
Speaking about the event and Latics' success, Chris Baxter, Men's Health Co-ordinator said:
"We're delighted to see the team progressing through another round of the tournament, especially now that they'll be representing the club and the Community Trust in the national finals at St. George's Park.
"The tournament as a whole is highly competitive, and even though the concept of walking football is to play the game at a slower pace, the players really enjoy it."
Wigan Athletic Community Trust provide Walking Football sessions for ex-armed forces servicemen at Wigan Youth Zone every week through their Football 4 Forces programme, on Wednesdays from 1.00 – 3.00pm.
Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles run several Walking Football sessions throughout the week, find out more here.
To find out more about the Walking Football opportunities provided, please contact Chris Baxter, Men’s Health Co-Ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.