There is nothing like a bit of a kickabout – and at the age of 62 Ian Blakemore enjoys his football as much as ever.
But the Dronfield Woodhouse dad cannot quite keep up with the young ’uns like he once could, so there is only one solution – he is looking to set up his own team for chaps of a similar age.
Ian, of Coniston Road, said: “I’ve played football for most of my life, and I love it, but now find it hard to compete with the younger players.
“I’ve not played for some time as 18 months ago I suffered a bad injury to my foot and it took me a while to recover, but I want to get back out on the field and I thought there must be other people around my age in the same position.”
Ian has played for a number of teams down the years, including Nether Edge Old Boys and one from the old South Yorkshire County Council.
He said: “If people do show an interest my plan is for us to get together to play in midweek daytime sessions in Cliff Park, Dronfield.
“Ideally I’d like to get about a dozen of us together, just for an hour a week, no big commitment.”
Ian, now retired, has sport in his blood – he used to work for Sheffield Council’s Activity Sheffield programme.
He said: “I enjoy playing football as much as I ever did and I’ve missed it. I enjoy the comradeship of it all, the exercise and the way it gives you a bit of a focus.
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