Axminster LED walking football proves a big hit for all concerned

PUBLISHED: 15:52 30 January 2018

Bideford in action in their home round of the Devon Walking Football League Helpline Division. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford in action in their home round of the Devon Walking Football League Helpline Division. Picture: Matt Smart

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The walking football competition, held on the 3G surface at the LED Leisure Centre in Axminster on the final Sunday of January, proved to be a roaring success.

Twenty-five people, all over the age of 50, pitched up to take part, all showing, despite their age, that the ‘beautiful game’ is still there for them to enjoy – albeit in a bit more sedate fashion given the walking pace of the action!

First up was a match between Exminster and Honiton, narrowly won by Exminster, who scored the only goal of the game early on.

This was followed by a mini-tournament with four mixed teams each of six players and it was the D team who emerged as the winners.

Any injured pride or bruised egos were washed away at the Lamb Inn where many of the players had lunch and a pint!

Organiser Michael Holdsworth said: “It was a big success and to encourage more men and women to take up this sport we are considering an open evening at some point in the near future.”

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