Rovers fan aims to launch ‘walking football’ club in Doncaster

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Doncaster Rovers fan Dave Corby is hoping to score in his plan to introduce a new version of the sport to the town.

Dave is aiming to set up a five-a-side walking football competition for the over-50s.

“I believe there is a league in Sheffield and can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t take off in Doncaster,” he said.

“The idea behind it is to get people who normally don’t play any sport to get involved in the game.

“Not only is it good fun to play, but it helps with people’s fitness.

“I also hope that there will be a social aspect to it as well.

“With it effectively being a non-contact sport it also caters for those people who can no longer participate in more traditional sports either because of their age or some sort of injury or other problems.

“There is an all-weather pitch in Carcroft and there are several indoor venues which would be suitable,” he added.

“I’m also hoping to get Rovers on board so we can use their all-weather pitches at the Keepmoat Stadium.”

Having played a prominent role in the formation of the now defunct Armthorpe Amateur Rugby League Club some years ago, Dave knows first-hand what it takes to get such ventures off the ground.

“I’m not going to try and run the thing on my own and I’ll be looking to form a committee of interested parties.” he said.

“I’ve already spoken to a local football coach and I’m hoping to get Carcroft Club on board.

“The committee will consult with the people who express an interest in playing before deciding on what sort of format we adopt.”

For more information contact Dave, who is also considering launching a walking touch and pass competition, on 07584 258427.