Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Walking Footballers provided the entertainment during the half-time interval last night [13th August] as Mansfield Town took on Morecambe in the Carabao Cup first round.
The seniors showcased their skills in front of 1,884 supporters, playing an inter-squad friendly match to promote Football in the Community’s Walking Football sessions for over 45s, even catching the attention of Morecambe star Kevin Ellison who turned 40 in February, and joked about joining FITC’s Walking Football squad for the match.
Played in good spirits the match saw a total of six goals and a missed penalty, as the seniors lived out their dreams of playing on the Stags pitch, proving age is nothing but a number.
Community Coach Alex Cartwright said “The guys really enjoyed the experience, especially playing in front of a big crowd who were really supportive – the Morecambe fans, who were housed in the Ian Greaves Lower Tier, especially supportive of the ‘Bibs’ team!
“We pride ourselves on giving our Walking Footballers as many opportunities as possible to play in tournaments and exhibition sessions such as this and we are really seeing our sessions grow in popularity, they just get so much out of it.
“Obliviously still being able to play football, all-be-it at a pace more suited to them, is the main draw but the social side of things is evident too with new friendships forming and for some, attending the sessions really helps battle against social isolation.”
Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Walking Football sessions take place twice a week and cost £4 per player, per session to attend – for further information contact Alex Cartwright on 01623 656 920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking Football sessions take place on Wednesday evening’s 6-7pm at the RH Academy, Pleasley and on Saturday Morning’s at the One Call Stadium 9-10am when the Stags are away, 9-10.30am when the Stags are at home.