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Walking Footballers take to the pitch

Black Country in Motion is a Sport England funded project which aims to get people across the Black Country into some form of physical activity. These areas include Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell, with 2 specific zones in each area. The sessions we run are fun, informal, engaging and take place in local community venues. Our sessions are delivered by local volunteers who we fund through coaching qualifications, first aid qualifications and DBS checks.

Two Walking Football teams from the project took to the pitch in a recent tournament held at Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge. Even though our sessions are based on an informal nature, we always relish in attending tournaments to unleash our competitive side! The event was arranged by Dudley Council with their 2nd annual tournament being open to all walking football players aged 30 years and above. Eight teams entered from across the Black Country and Birmingham, competing in 2 separate leagues with the top teams from both progressing to the finals. Fortunately for us our teams; Joints R Us and Barge City Rollers, were drawn in separate leagues so we weren't faced with having to choose favourites too early on.

Joints R Us were made up of Richard, John, James, Steve, Paddy, Andy and Neil with an age ranging from 43 to 69 years. They faced Hartshill Strollers 'A', Birmingham WFC Whites and Kidderminster Harriers in their group. Despite closely contested matches they were unfortunate to lose 1-0, 1-0 and 2-0 respectively with a number of injuries thwarting the team. A special mention must go to Andy for showcasing

the true spirit of Walking Football and sportsmanship in helping the referee with his job, highlighting that a shot from the opposition that had initially been disallowed due to looking as if it had gone through the side netting, was in fact an actual goal.

Barge City Rollers consisted of Paul, Chris, Jayne, Matt, Steve and Jamie and had a much wider age range of 32 to 61 years. They faced Mary Stevens Park WF, Birmingham WFC Blues and Hartshill Strollers 'B'. Despite having strong performances and hitting the woodwork they were unfortunate to lose 1-0 and 2-0 in their first two games. Their final match saw things finally go their way with a 2-0 win over Birmingham WFC Blues with Matt and Steve getting their names on the score sheet.

Well done to all teams and thank you to Dudley MBC for the invite and for organising a very enjoyable day. If you'd like to get involved in Walking Football why not visit one of our free sessions below, open to all ages and abilities

Monday

4-5pm
Bert Williams Leisure Centre, Bilston
Over 50's only

Monday

6-7pm
Wolverhampton College, Wellington Road, Bilston
Open age (18+)

Tuesday

6-7pm
Dudley Leisure Centre, Wellington Road, Dudley
Open age (18+)

For more information get in touch with Rachel on 07532 411 166 or rachelsmith@blackcountryinmotion.org.uk

For all other sessions and locations please visit our website: www.blackcountryinmotion.co.uk

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