Rise of walking football Blues quickens

Making progress: Alan Scott, Giorgio Colombi, Robin Emms, Alan Corfield, Nick Robinson, John Goddard, Harry Smallman
Making progress: Alan Scott, Giorgio Colombi, Robin Emms, Alan Corfield, Nick Robinson, John Goddard, Harry Smallman
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POMPEY in the Community Walking Football’s growth is continuing apace.

And the outfit underlined their competitive development in the Football League Trust national competition.

We’re carrying the flag for Portsmouth

Alan Scott

The side took on the likes of Bristol City, Plymouth, Swindon and Exeter at the event at Exeter University last Friday.

They gave a decent showing against opposition of different ages and abilities.

Pompey had to undertake a gruelling five-hour journey before kicking a ball.

Their first game saw a 3-0 defeat to a relatively youthful Swindon side, who went on to comfortably win the competition.

Two goalless draws against Plymouth and Bristol City followed, as the Blues got points on the board in the tournament ran on a league format. A missed penalty then proved crucial in a 1-0 defeat against Exeter A.

Pompey finished with a flourish, however, as Exeter B were defeated 3-0

Robin Emms and a double from Giorgio Colombi did the damage in an impressive end to their involvement.

The club’s chairman, Alan Scott, explained his team normally play a three-touch format of the game, which was not used in Exeter - but the players all embraced the competition.

Scott said ‘We do all of our games as three-touch football.

‘That stops all of the silly running around, breaks down the age differential and is a proper game of football.

‘It tends to limit the contact, too, and reduces injury potential.

‘With it being general football it was difficult for us to adjust to. That’s our excuse anyway! We found a rhythm, though, and thoroughly enjoyed it.’

Pompey in the Community have played a key part in the development of the walking football team, which has players as old as 70 involved.

The team’s sessions now attract up to 15 people each week.

Scott said: ‘We’ve had great support from Pompey in the Community who continue to back us, but we are looking out for funding to run and continue the team.

‘It’s a good game and we are used to playing competitively.

‘We reached the quarter-finals of a tournament in Eastleigh and reached a final in Bournemouth.

‘So we’re carrying the flag for Portsmouth.’

If you’d like more information on Pompey in the Community Walking Football contact Scott on 07836 273492.