Wednesday 25th July saw Walking Football Teams flock from across England to compete for the inaugural Drinkaware Cup.

Racecourse Playing Fields in Derby became the setting for the first annual Walking Football Cup sponsored by Drinkaware and hosted by Derby County Community Trust. Walking Football teams from football clubs across England travelled to compete for the Cup, including Sheffield Wednesday, Heanor Strollers, Nottingham Forest and QPR.

Derby County Community Trust entered two teams into the competition, with Derby County Ambassadors Roger Davies and Marc Edworthy playing for the Derby B team.

The Trust have been collaborating with Drinkaware since 2017. The Cup was a great opportunity to celebrate the positive and valuable work the partnership has produced over the years, as well as promoting safer and healthier drinking habits.

Another anticipated debut of the day was the DCCT teams new kit sponsored by Drinkaware (see above). The brand new kit will be played with pride over the 2018/19 season at future tournaments and events.

As the teams battled it out in the roaring sun, the competition grew just as fierce; after 11 games were played, QPR and Forest went to penalties to determine who were top of the league.

QPR faced the Derby B team for a place in the final, while Forest took on Heanor Strollers in the semi finals.

Forest were the final victors with a 3 – 0 win over QPR.

There to present the winners with the Drinkaware Cup was Bridget Simmonds, Chief Executive at Beer and Pub Association, who praised all participants for their camaraderie and spirit.

The Derby County team didn’t go home empty handed though, as their Walking Football Caption Mike won the raffle and a Drinkaware hamper!

Chief Executive at Drinkware, Elaine Hindal praised the programme by saying:

“For many of these men, taking part in the sport is genuinely transformational, helping them improve both physical fitness and mental health, by giving them a new group of friends to prevent social isolation. As one of our players said, ‘Walking Football gives me something to look forward to – you can get forgotten once you retire.’”

Active Supporters Team Leader, Luke Wilkinson added:

“Working with Drinkaware has helped Derby County Community Trust offer more tailored support to participants on our Walking Football programme.

The event was a great success! We’re proud to host the first annual Drinkaware Cup in celebration our first season in partnership with Drinkaware. As well as commending the cohesion  between the Community Trust and the Club – helping males over 50 not just in Derby, but across the country. ”

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