Volunteering Matters’ ‘Sporting Chance’ Project has received £1500 funding award from the Greggs Foundation, allowing the group to be sustained for the foreseeable future.
Every Wednesday older men from the Stockton-on-Tees area meet at Norton Sports Trust outdoor pitches for an hour for a game of walking football. Come rain, hail or sunshine at least twenty men turn up to play the beautiful game, (at a slower pace, more suited to men aged 50+!)
John Ellison, the groups Volunteer Secretary describes the group, “We have over 40 members and whist we meet to have a good kick around this group is much more than a game of football. The men come from all walks of life, some do come to get fitter, some to lose weight, some to have respite from a caring role but others, who live alone, come for the friendly companionship, the crack and a good cup of tea afterwards. Most of the attendees are late 60’s early 70’s . The noise of happy conversation over a cuppa after the game is deafening”.
This group was initially instigated through the Volunteering Matters ‘Sporting Chance’ project and now through the volunteer committee it runs as a constituted group.
If your male aged over 50 the would love for you to go along and join them:
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 1.15 pm – 2:15 pm
Venue: Norton Sports Trust, 74 Station Rd, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1PE
For more information contact Gill Watson on 01642 733915.