An outlet for older players

Bohle has renewed its support for the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation which includes kit branding of the walking football team, Vintage Celtic.

Run by the Stalybridge Celtic Foundation, the community team provides an outlet for older players, whose days in the traditional game may be behind them but who still enjoy a good kick-about.

Dave Broxton, managing director of Bohle, said: “The Stalybridge Celtic Foundation provides valuable community activities, projects and initiatives, working with clubs, schools and organisations in the interests of social welfare for recreation.

“Many of the people the foundation works with have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life. Vintage Celtic is a case in point, demonstrating the importance of grass roots football and the role that football clubs play in our community – it’s not just about 90 minutes and the first team on a Saturday afternoon.

“We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to renew our sponsorship of Stalybridge Celtic’s walking football team for another year. They may be playing with a little pace but their pride and passion is still very much there and we wish them all the best for the coming season.”

Walking football was originally developed by Chesterfield FC Community Trust. Since its launch in 2011 it has enjoyed an explosion in popularity with more than 800 walking football clubs now registered nationwide.

Promoting cardio vascular fitness among the 50+ group, the key difference from the standard football is that if a player runs, they immediately concede a free kick.