Although World Cup football fever may be a thing of the past, Blyth held it’s very own Walking Football World Cup Tournament which, true to form, even went into extra time in order to determine the winner.
The event was held at Blyth Sports Centre, with elderly, disabled and able bodied residents, including the town’s mayor Adrian Cartie, joining together for a fun day of sport.
The tournament started with friendly warm up games. All teams got split up and played recreational matches with rolling subs to help the new players adjust to the rules and also meet new people and build relationships.
Each team chose a designated nationality, then the tournament began as it meant to go on, with Brazil coming out 5-4 winners over England in the first game!
After some very competitive games leading to the final, the last game took place between a team from Northumberland County Council (Russia) and Blyth Town Council (Germany) featuring Mayor Adrian. It took extra time to separate the two teams, with Russia coming out 3-1 winners.
Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the game developed to inspire elderly or less mobile men and women to get more exercise and counter social isolation. It is experiencing a massive surge in popularity and now thousands of people are rediscovering the joys of football, which is helping them to stay physically and mentally active.
Active Northumberland runs a series of walking football classes around the county. To find out more log on to www.activenorthumberland.org.uk or ring 01670 620200
27 Jul 2018