Men wear bras and tutus at charity football tournament

CHARITY FUN The teams who took part in the charity football tournament
CHARITY FUN The teams who took part in the charity football tournament
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A walking football tournament held at Park Community School, Leigh Park, has raised nearly £400 for charity.

The money raised will be divided equally between Sport Relief and Against Breast Cancer, which is working to prevent secondary breast cancer by funding unique research into the development of new treatments.

The event was organised by Emsworth & Hayling Island Walking Football Club.

Eight teams took part from across the area. There were teams from Emsworth, two from Havant & Waterlooville, Hayling Island, two Portsmouth teams, Southampton, and a misfit team called One Step Beyond.

Walking football is the slower version of the sport, aimed at the over-50s to keep them mobile and fit.

The teams played more than five games each during which player fines for minor transgressions added to the charity coffers.

All the sides entered into the spirit of the occasion by dressing up in fancy dress.

Emsworth sported pink bras in honour of one of their player’s wives who died last year from breast cancer, while Hayling Island sported pink tutus, which they took an unnatural fondness to.

Portsmouth Pinks looked very fetching in shoulder length pink wigs, and one of the three referees dressed as a clown.

Afterwards Havant & Waterlooville Walking Football Club, who won the tournament, kindly hosted a buffet for all the participants back at their Westleigh Club House.

A raffle at the venue further added to the funds raised.

Havant and Waterlooville Walking Football meet on Thursdays 11pm-midday at Havant and Waterlooville Football Club.

Contact the organiser Ross Betteridge on (023) 9278 7822 or rosshawks@ymail.com.

Hayling and Emsworth Walking Football Club meet on Mondays from 4.30pm-5.30pm and Thursdays from 5.30pm-6.30pm at Park Community School, Middle Park Way, Havant, PO9 4BU.

Contact the organiser Colin Thomas on 07968872136 or email colvanabb62@gmail.com.