This year saw our first ever competitive walking football team form and enter the local Greater Manchester League as Bury Relics. This league consists of over 60’s walking football teams from around Greater Manchester that play once a month at Heywood Sports Village.
As this was the Relics’ first year as a formed and competitive team, we are overwhelmed with the results. After numerous games each month the final games came down to goal difference to decide who topped the league and got promotion. After a nervous wait, it was announced that Bury Relics came runners up! This was a huge achievement after the team was so new and over the weeks had lost a few of the original players to injury and illness. We are immensely proud of all the players in the Relics team but also all the support they receive from other participants at our Tuesday sessions. A special thanks goes to Keiran Tilley, whose organisation and passion to get a team together and enter the league was outstanding, so much so he has now gained enough players to enter two teams into the next league.
Tony Marsden commented on the success of the Relics’, “Great day, so unlucky not to get promoted, never thought I'd start playing footy again in my 60’s!”
Gary Lomax also said, “To have beaten all the teams in our division shows what a good side we are, and we will be a force next year! Thanks to all my teammates over the 4 weeks, and special thanks to Keiran for his determination and effort. Also to our travelling support who deserve a mention, in making us a real team! Let’s look forward to next year with great optimism and our weekly sessions at Castle Leisure Centre! Cheers to you all for making this a most memorable football year!”
All of the coaching team are immensely proud of Bury Relics in all they have achieved this year and all the support they have gained. We are very excited to see them gain more and more football experience in the following years! Remember, age is just a number, it's never too late to start playing football!
Sessions are Tuesday mornings 11.15am-12pm at Castle Leisure Centre, Bury, BL9 0EZ at £3.50 per session. For more information in our walking football sessions please contact Donna Godwyn on 07710 098728 or firstname.lastname@example.org