Football team proves a hit with pensioner players

Walking football in Chesterfield
Walking football in Chesterfield
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A FOOTBALL team has been set up in Chesterfield – with a combined age of 1,290 years.

The team was set up for players over 55 and it is proving so popular there are now 20 members and six-a-side games are played every week.

It started out as a ‘walking football’ team developed by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust last year as part of the Extra Time initiative aimed at encouraging people aged 55 and over to keep active.

The ExSpires players have now progressed to gentle running during games held at Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Former Chesterfield players Dave Pugh and Colin Tartt joined in with session.

Dave said: “I think it’s a great concept and the players clearly love taking part.”

Colin added: “These guys are so enthusiastic.”