Sport Parkinson’s recently provided a Walking Football Experience like no other for people with Parkinson’s disease at St. George’s Park.
Family and friends were also invited to join in and have a represented team to participate at the event.
The centre is the base for all coaching and development work undertaken by the FA, and is the training and preparation ground for all 28 of the England national football teams - including disability teams!
As well as hosting the Sport Parkinson’s Walking Football Cup, there was walking football training and activities for all the family to enjoy.
There were 11 teams entered:
- Birmingham Walking Football Club
- Fighting Fit Football
- Movers and Shakers Worcester
- North Cumbria UNITED
- Northern Lights Walking Football Team (Liverpool)
- Parkysaurus FC
- PD Warrior
- Pennine Parkies FC
- Stockport Northern Lights
- Wales’s Parkinson’s WFC
Liverpool County FA (LCFA) work in partnership with John Roche and James Clark - founders of the Northern Lights Liverpool and Stockport teams, who both reached the final.
The final went to penalties between the two sides, with Northern Lights Stockport winning 3-2 on penalties after a close 0-0 draw.
Inclusion Officer for LCFA Stuart Carrington said: "what a fantastic day for all the teams to play at St Georges Park and have the experience of playing at a fantastic venue!
"Family members joining in the cup competition by providing a team made the day inclusive and even more special for everyone. A big thank you to John Roche and all the volunteers from his team for all there help and support that they provide to make this community really special."