New Seaton walking football team scores a sponsor

Businessman Robert Collier, centre, presents Seaton Carew FC walking side's new kit to head coach Graham Button, left, and assistant coach Dale Crane, right. Foreground, Robert's son River.
Businessman Robert Collier, centre, presents Seaton Carew FC walking side's new kit to head coach Graham Button, left, and assistant coach Dale Crane, right. Foreground, Robert's son River.

Teesside’s first walking football team based in Hartlepool is making great strides after finding a major sponsor.

Town entrepreneur Robert Collier, of Advanced Retail Solutions and @thirteen café, has offered his backing to the development of Seaton Carew Football Club’s walking side for players over 50.

To contribute such a generous amount is unbelievable

Graham Button, Seaton Carew FC walking side

His £1,000 investment means the team is on a good financial footing for the rest of the year and has provided the team with a new training kit and match day tracksuit.

He presented the training kit to the team at their headquarters at the Seaton Carew Sports Domes.

Team head coach Graham Button said: “To find a company that is passionate about contributing to a great cause that promotes health and fitness amongst some of our local over 50s is amazing, for the guys to contribute such a generous amount is unbelievable.”

Robert was impressed with Graham’s passion when they met at the Radio Hartlepool studios where Graham was promoting the team and was happy to help.

The side was formed in January by Seaton Carew FC vice chairman Carl Sweeting as part of the club’s plans to offer football to all.

They now boast teams at junior, senior, ladies and disability level as well as the walking team.

Carl said: “It is great to see our walking football team become such a huge success, I had no hesitation in appointing Graham as head coach due to his amazing enthusiasm.

“He is helped by a fantastic assistant coach in Dale Crane and the team is now officially recognised by Durham FA who have also been keen to promote the sport.”

The team will be competing in this year’s national walking football tournament.

Organiser Steve Rich, who runs a team in Folkestone, in Kent, was keen to get the Hartlepool team involved after hearing of the team’s performances against North East rivals South Shields Saints where the Seatonian’s came out top on two occasions.

The club hope interest shown in the sport will lead to the creation of more sides and a local league.