Garon Park Walking Football Club returned to training following the easing of lockdown, with big numbers attending their organised sessions this week.
Almost 50 attended the two sessions staged this week, with the club preparing for friendly tournaments with their counterparts from Billericay Town and Leyton Orient scheduled over the coming weeks.
“It was great to see so many people attending,” Garon Park WFC manager, Mark Elnaugh told Yellow Sport.
“The sessions are open to footballers over the age of 50 and of any ability, with emphasis is on fitness, camaraderie and supporting mental wellbeing.
“We provide a platform for enthusiastic players – everyone is welcome. As you can see, people are responding positively and are enjoying themselves.
Good Friday’s session was taken by former Southend United and Hull City defender, Frankie Banks: “The lads are very keen. Walking Football allows everyone to continue when perhaps they think their playing days are over,” he explained.
Garon Park Walking Football Club’s next open session is on Friday, April 9, staged on the all-weather surface at the Southend-based venue. Meanwhile, the Southend United Community & Educational Trust sessions begin a week later on Friday 16 (both 10am-Noon).