Clearwell Mobility’s annual walking football cup took place on the same day as England’s World Cup quarter final crunch match but still managed to pull in 11 teams from across the country.
The Clearwell Cup kicked off at Brighton Walking Football Club’s ground on Saturday 7th July in the city and the dealer’s managing director, Duncan Gillet, said that the tournament was a success.
He said: “The cup saw an increase of teams taking part this year, despite the scorching heat and the fact the England international team were in a World Cup quarter final match the same afternoon, shows the dedication and passion that these teams have to their sport.”
The second edition of the annual event was organised by members of the Brighton and Hove Walking Football Club and drew teams from as far away as Neath in South Wales and Watford in Hertfordshire to the Sussex countryside.
A total of 11 teams took part in the cup sponsored by Clearwell Mobility with the teams being split into three initial groups and then progressing onto a separate round of matches to battle it out for the coveted Clearwell Cup.
After a number of hard fought matches in the mid-summer heat, Neath, Watford Orange, Young Bucks and Brighton Penguins were all crowned as champions in their respective final groups.
The popularity of walking football among over 50’s continues to climb across the UK and with the first international walking football match taking place earlier this year at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium.
John Deacon, from the Brighton Dolphins, said: “The Clearwell Cup competition is held to raise the awareness of walking football for those over 50 and all genders.
“The tournament was played in good spirit, with some skilful football on show. It was pleasing that our farthest entry, Neath Dragons, won the tournament, which was well deserved.”
Brighton Walking Football Club have been competing since 2015 and take part in regular tournaments and competitions across the South East.
Clearwell Mobility has been a sponsor of the club since the team’s formation and was the major sponsors of the last year’s inaugural Clearwell Cup.