Grimsby Ancient Mariners Walking Football Club hosted their first invitational football festival of the year at Bradley Football Development Centre yesterday.
The tournament featured 12 sides – six Grimsby Ancient Mariners teams, as well as invited visitors from Boston (2), Gainsborough, Scarborough, Hull, and Hornsea.
And it ran from 10am to 4pm, with each player getting a minimum of roughly 75 minutes’ worth of game-time each.
Pete Cribb, club general secretary at Grimsby Ancient Mariners, said: “It went like a dream. People turned up and competed, mixed really well, and played the games in the right spirit.
“We don’t want to really promote winning – we’re promoting enjoyment and participation. Anybody can play, and in Grimsby it’s over-55.
“You don’t have to be a footballer – you could have never played football in your life, but you’ll still get exactly the same treatment as everybody else. Our ethos is a simple one – it’s equal playing time for all!”
And Pete explained the growth in popularity and interest in Ancient Mariners over the last year.
He said: “We have new people coming every week. We started in 2012 with three people, and now we’re up to 146 registered regular players, who are all aged 55 and over!
“This was set up for over-55s to play the game they’ve loved all their lives, and they can play again – sometimes after 30 years or more!”
For more information or how to get involved, please visit the Ancient Mariners’ Walking Football Club’s Facebook page.