A Sussex-based mobility retailer kicked off the inaugural Clearwell Cup on Saturday in Ovingdean, which saw walking football teams from around the country go head to head.
Organised by members of the Brighton and Hove Walking Football Club, the cup is the first of its kind hosted in Sussex.
In total nine teams took part in the cup, sponsored by Clearwell, travelling from as far as Wrexham, Canterbury and Cheshunt. The teams were split into three groups of three teams and each team playing the other two teams in their group twice.
After a series of closely fought matches across the day Brighton and Hove Dolphins, Worthing Strikers and Bright and Hove Penguins were crowned as champions in their three respective groups.
The success and popularity of walking football has skyrocketed over the past few years with more people being aware of the sport and the accessibility of it. The Brighton and Hove Club alone now boasts 35 regular members.
Jobe Berrington, head coach of Brighton and Hove Walking FC said: “We are very pleased with how it went off and we have had a lot of positive feedback from other teams and players – and one of the referees. So there is every chance that we shall be making it an annual event.”
Meanwhile, Duncan Gillett, managing director of Clearwell, commented: “It’s great to see the work that Jobe and the rest of the team have been putting in coming to fruition. The size of the membership of the Brighton and Hove club alone shows how popular the sport has become and events such as this are great for spreading the word even further.”