Ferndale Community Sport Centre were proud hosts of the FA People's Cup, a free 5 a side football, knockout competition that gives the people of England the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup.

The men’s tournament was played on Saturday 23rd January which included 7 teams from the local area with ‘Athletico Clapham’ winning first place and going through to the next round.

The Walking Football competition for 50 years plus took place on Sunday 24th January which included an appearance from special guest ex England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton OBE.

Teams entered included AFC Wimbledon, Epsom Casuals, Croydon Casuals, and the Lions. The walking football rules brought the game down to a slower pace but were still very competitive. A female player from the Lions team aged 76 was the eldest player of the tournament and plays walking football every week.

First place went to Croydon Casuals with AFC Wimbledon a close 2nd who both go through to the second round.

Peter Shilton said “Football is a great game, but when you get to a certain age or have suffered a long term injury you have to stop playing. Walking Football is a great concept to continue the game we all love. You are less prone to injuries as it’s played at a slower pace but also involves a sociable and fun experience. Anyone can play walking football and it’s great to see husbands and wives here today playing on different teams also playing a sport together.”

Vivian Muhlemann, General Manager at Ferndale Community Sports Centre comments “It was amazing to see such a great turn out for the event. Ferndale Community Sports Centre will be looking to launch a walking football programme early this year, the event has given us the opportunity to increase our knowledge of the rules and receive feedback from players. We also used the competition to raise awareness of our involvement with Sport Relief and receive donations from participants and spectators through afternoon refreshments”.

Brett, Silver Fit Lions team said “I've loved football since I was a kid and never thought I'd still be playing at my age.  Whoever came up with the idea of Walking Football is a genius!  It's great that the teams are mixed as we women can certainly hold our own.  The tournament was well-organised and meeting Peter Shilton was a treat.  I wonder if he'll be playing on a team one of these days?"

Barbra, Silver Fit Lions team member said “It was a lot of fun, but it was a shame that there weren't more women.  Peter Shilton was my hero, so it was absolutely great meeting him."

Ferndale will be looking to introduce weekly walking football sessions to the local community early this year.

For more information or to register your interest email sue.robinson@gll.org