Walking footballer Tony Jones has urged anyone interested in trying the sport to give it a go at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust!
Tony and his team mates participated in the EFL Trust’s Over 60s Walking Football Cup regional finals earlier this week at Bolton Wanderers’ training ground with the opportunity for the winners to move on to compete at the national finals at the FA’s St George’s Park in July.
Despite winning the seven team league, Rovers were knocked out in the semi-finals stages of the competition against the hosts but Tony was proud of his team’s efforts.
He said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and the weather was perfect even though it was quite hot at times.
“We had a slightly depleted squad due to injuries and holiday commitments but everyone did extremely well to win the league but unfortunately we lost out in the knock-out stage.
“There are not too many over 60s competition so it was great the EFL Trust opted to do this. The tournament was very competitive and everyone was trying to win.
“If anyone wants to get involved, we have a great bunch of lads that play on a regular basis and it is really good fun. Everybody is getting benefits out of playing, whether it is for health reasons or socialising with different people.”
Meanwhile, fellow Rovers walking footballer Trevor Hanson represented England’s over 50s team against Italy at Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium, with the Three Lions winning 2-0.
Jones added: “It was fantastic for Trevor and he played in a winning England team. Trevor played centre back and kept a clean sheet so he has had a weekend to remember!
For more information about walking football at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.