Blues side strolls to cup success; EFC in the Community.
EVERTON in the Community's Walk of Life claimed its first onfield success last month by winning the inaugural Over-50s Walking Football Festival Cup.
Over 100 participants from across the North West descended on Maghull's Active Soccer Sports Centre, with teams from Wigan, Rochdale and Manchester City all competing.
With three sides entered, it was Everton A who claimed the glory by besting St Helens in the final via penalty shootout.
With the project only in existence for three months, the charity's Walking Football co-ordinator, Stuart Carrington, felt it was a just reward for the hard work and progress put in by staff and participants.
"Since Walk of Life began, it has attracted over 150 participants in three months, which shows the appetite there is for this," he said.
Above, the winning 'A' side; and, left, Walk of Life participants "The programme has been utilised by both males and females, and has covered a wide age range.
"I am really pleased for the group, to be the inaugural winners is always something special and there will certainly be more to come from Walk of Life."
This walking football project is a non-contact initiative with one main difference to standard football - there's no running. As the name suggests, anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised, with a free-kick awarded to the other team.
Launched in June this year, weekly sessions take place all over Liverpool. For further information, or to get involved, contact Stuart via email at Stuart.Carrington@evertonfc.com, or call 07975 235022. A partnership with Liverpool County FA has seen plans laid down for a Walking Football League in the city.
Further details will be made available in the near future.