Derby County Community Trust’s walking footballers are preparing to take on their Sheffield Wednesday counterparts during at Pride Park Stadium on Saturday.

The sides will go head-to-head at half-time during the Rams’ Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to the Owls (3pm kick-off).

The Derby team, participants from the Trust’s Forever Active sessions, will play a five-a-side match in front of thousands of fans. Forever Active is free 12-month physical activity programme for people over 60, combining gentle exercise to boost balance stability and strength with sociable get-togethers.

The Trust’s walking football provision has gone from strength to strength, with several others from the programme recently claiming third place in a recent international tournament.

Recognising the success of Derby’s walking football side, Drinkaware have recently confirmed their sponsorship of the team and their new kit will be revealed at the weekend.

Chris Grayson, Senior Business Development Manager at Drinkaware, said: “We are delighted to be a preferred partner of Derby County Football Club and, through our partnership, we are excited to be sponsoring the Derby County Community Trust walking football team and are proud to be their shirt sponsor.

“Drinkaware believe that by working collaboratively with the Community Trust we can help the people of Derbyshire make better choices about their drinking and help support a healthier lifestyle.”

Jack Bell, who co-ordinates the DCCT walking football sessions, said: “It’s great for the players to be able to get out in front of the fans to showcase their efforts.

“We’re excited about the new sponsorship and working with Drinkaware to help promote health and activity for participants of all ages.”

The Forever Active walking football sessions take place every Monday and Friday from 10am-11am at the Powerleague Soccerdome on Pride Park.

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