WALKING football has arrived in Seaton Carew with the formation of a new side.
Seaton Carew Football Club has started the team aimed at the over 50s to help them stay shape and have fun.
Training sessions started this week at The Sports Domes in Seaton Carew and had a great turnout.
The team has been set up by Seaton Carew FC chairman Steve Cockrill and vice chairman Carl Sweeting.
Carl said: “The club’s long term aim is to bring football to the whole community and give everyone the chance to get fit and join a friendly social group.
“Along with the junior and senior teams we now also have ladies, disability, tots and of course the walking teams.
“The first session was a huge success with a great turnout, everyone enjoyed themselves and it should be a huge success.”
The club says it is important to help steer people towards a healthy lifestyle.
Local businesses supported the project and Stagecoach bus company has agreed to sponsor a full kit for the team.
The team is currently made up of staff from the Hartlepool depot in Brenda Road.
The Sports Domes have also subsidised the cost of training pitches for the team throughout January.
Dan Pattison, manager at the Sports Domes, said: “We are happy to support this project and hopefully we can encourage some new players or people who may have thought their playing days were behind them to come and try this new format.
“It is hoped that other teams will be formed and interest will grow enough to create a league.”
A friendly match has already been arranged with South Shields Saints in February and training will run fortnightly.
Anybody interested in joining the team can contact the club through their website at www.seatoncarewfc.uk or alternatively email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information is also available from The Sports Domes on (01429) 800580.