A STRATFORD walking football club has netted £1,000 in funding.
The club was awarded the cash, which will go towards equipment and kit, from Persimmon Homes as part of their community champions initiative.
Walking football is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports with more than 800 clubs around the UK now taking part in the activity.
The club, which has around 50 members, is aimed at over 40s who still want to take part in the beautiful game despite suffering set-backs such as heart attacks or strokes.
Andrew Hart, who runs the club, said: “We are an over 40s group, and not only are we an excellent social activity for the local community, but also we provide many health benefits by encouraging people to participate.
“Some members have suffered heart attacks, had strokes, live with Parkinson’s disease or had reconstructive knee surgery. As we have just entered a league with 11 other teams from around the Midlands, funding for a new kit couldn’t have come at a better time.”
The community champions scheme is a national programme run by Persimmon Homes where clubs, groups and good causes can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have raised themselves.
Andrew added: “The money from Persimmon will be a huge boost for us and we thank them for their sponsorship.”
Visit the club’s Facebook page to find out more.