The four-team tournament saw Woking FC enter a side, featuring their chairman Geoff Chappel, along with two groups from Surrey Age UK and a team made up of players from Surrey County FA Walking Football Sessions at Thornton Heath in Croydon.The game is non-contact and any player that runs, sprints or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team.
Primarily aimed at the over-55s to help sustain an active lifestyle, Friday's tournament was enjoyed by many younger players too. Walking Football also caters for those that had to give up the full-paced game due to serious injury or can act as a great way to start physical rehabilitation following one.
Despite Crystal Palace FC kindly lending the Surrey County FA team their gold strip, the side unfortunaely didnt make it onto the podium, with Woking triumphing in first place.
"We had over 20 players here today which shows not only the attraction of playing Walking Football, but also the importance of it as a social tool too," said Get Into Football Officer Kevin West, who leads the session in Croydon."The level playing field Walking Football offers means players of any physical ability can take to the field for an evenly-matched game, with many of the older players showing up their young counterparts, such as me, with their experience of reading the game," Kevin added sheepishly.Three players from the Thornton Heath side - John, Martin and Andy - believe they are fitter now than they were 30 years ago.
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Geoff Chappell was born in 1972. Geoff currently lives in Methuen. Before that, he lived in Salisbury, MA in 2001. Geoff Chappell attended Georgetown Middle Sr High Sch in Georgetown,MA and graduated class of 1991.
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