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Walking football match between children and parents hosted by Dover Athletic Football Club

A walking football match between children and their grandparents is set to be hosted by Dover Athletic Football Club.

It will be the finale to a free week of coaching for about 40 youngsters aged 10 to 14 from the district.

They will be put through their footballing paces during half term next week at the Crabble ground. On Friday, February 20, at 2pm their skills will be put to the test – and families are invited to watch from the stands.


“We can’t wait to see grandparents take part in the walking football match,” said Kate Lawson, who works for Groundwork, the charity which is organising the event.

She added: “It’s a fantastic new way to keep fit safely with their grandchildren.”

In walking football, running and slide tackles are banned.

The invitation has been extended to include members from Dover’s Age Concern with the aim of helping the elderly to keep fit.

The game is also part of a project called MixUp, run by Groundwork Kent and Medway.

It coincides with a long-term project that aims to empower young people.

Ms Lawson added: “Using sport is a fantastic way to get young people involved in a local project, to build their confidence and to see them apply their skills in new projects.”

At the end of the week the children will attend a ceremony to receive awards in social action and volunteering.

It is free to take part. To register for a place email kate.lawson@groundwork.org.uk or call 07702533054

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