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FTFC Community Walking Football appears on Sky Sports News

4 August 2015

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Sky Sports visited Fleetwood Town’s new training ground at Poolfoot Farm this afternoon as part of their ‘92 Live’ project.

Their aim was to visit all 92 professional teams from the Barclays Premier League to Sky Bet League Two in just a day.

Walking Football was the topic at the training ground in Thornton, with popular sessions held on a weekly basis by Jason Sharp and his team.

Director of Community Matt Hilton was interviewed along with two members of the Club’s waking football squad, with the emphasis on the fantastic work which is done by the Trust in the local area.

Hilton said: “The Community plays a massive part in the work we do at the Club. We pride ourselves with working with all sections from very young children to the older population.

“The work we do is built around four corners; health, sports participation, education and social inclusion, in order to enrich the lives of people in their locality.

“Walking football is very similar to five-a-side however there is no tackling and no running involved. It’s easy on the joints too in terms that there’s no real contact as such.

“It’s very much around accuracy, control, skill and passing, and it’s all about getting the older generation together and socialising.

“Walking football would appeal to players who stopped playing the game some 20 or 30 years ago, and this gives them the opportunity to get their boots back on and get involved with the game we all love.”

Keith said: “I used to watch the lads play in Fleetwood so I thought I’d come and have a go too as I fancied it. I used to play football until I was 35 and officiated until I was 51.

“They’re all good lads who I play with and we mix together and get along really well.

Mike said: “It brings back a lot of memories for me as I used to play for Poulton Football Club in the 60’s at a semi-professional level.

“I’ve been playing it for 12 months and some of the chaps got me in to it. I treat it as my number on hobby now.”

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