Sponsorship deal for walking football club as numbers rise

The Walking Football at Harton and Westoe Miners have new sponsor and shirts.'Front from left Terry Youll and Dave Ord
The Walking Football at Harton and Westoe Miners have new sponsor and shirts.'Front from left Terry Youll and Dave Ord

A WALKING football team is sporting a new look and new name as player numbers rise.

The South Shields, Harton and Westoe Saints kicked off their club – dedicated to those over the age of 50 – last year.

Now, five months on, it has not only increased its regular players and secured a permanent place at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare, but its team has its very own strip. The new kit was made possible after health firm Newcastle Clinic stepped forward as sponsor.

Chairman of the walking football club David Ord said: “Since we started the club a lot has happened. We have new strips, we have a core of regular attenders and have taken part in tournaments.

“We are working alongside Age UK to raise awareness of the game and things are going really well.

“It’s not just about the about the football but about boosting people’s health through exercise.”

Walking football is held every Monday and Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, at Harton and Westoe Miner’s Welfare in Low Lane, South Shields.

Walking football is aimed at men and women over the age of 50. It is played under the same rules as normal football, although running or jogging are not allowed.

For more information, contact Mr Ord 07432 052 892.

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