Ellon’s walking footballers take part in ASV tournament

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Walking Footballers from Ellon recently took part in a tournament at Aberdeen Sports Village organised by the AFC community Trust.

The teams, named Ellon United and Ellon Meadows, were amongst nine other clubs from Aberdeen, Elgin, Inverurie and Keith taking part in the annual competition.

Scott Duncan, community development officer with Aberdeen FC, was happy with the turn out for the day.

He said: “We run weekly session across the north east but once a year we try and pull everyone together to play against the other teams from the region.

“It’s also a chance to socialise with different groups and maybe even play against guys who they played against 40 or 50 years ago.

“It’s a round robin format and this is the second year we have organised the tournament.

“Last year we had about 50 people taking part and this year it’s over 80 which shows the growth of Walking Football in the area.

“It’s a sport which is as inclusive as possible, the majority of our sessions are attend by people who are 65 plus but anyone can take part.

“We look to include anyone who thinks they could benefit from taking part.”

Ellon Walking Football coordinator Colin Grant was delighted that everyone in his two squads enjoyed their day.

He said: “Everyone had a really good time and enjoyed themselves, some were taking part for the first time.

“When we started a year and a half ago in September 2015 we had six people at our first session and today we had 20 taking part.

“It shows that the sport is growing and it’s really good to see.”