Walking football – a new sporting craze which is sweeping the country – has been warmly embraced in the North-east.
Nine clubs have joined the 800 organisations who have sprung up in the UK since the activity’s inception in 2011.
Walking footballers from the clubs in Grampian recently took part in a tournament at Aberdeen Sports Village, organised by Aberdeen Football Trust.
Scott Duncan, community development officer with Aberdeen Football Club, said: “Walking football has become a growth sport in recent years, founded by Chesterfield FC in 2011.
“We have been happy to support it in the Grampian area, and once a year we pull together everyone to play against other teams in the area.
“This year we had nine teams.
“Last year we had 50 players, this time it is over 80.
“It’s a sport which is inclusive.
“The majority of our sessions are attended by people who are over 65, some of whom are playing against people they played against 40 or even 50 years ago. But anyone can play.”
Teams from Aberdeen, Elgin, Inverurie and Keith were joined by two from Ellon Meadows, headed up by Colin Grant, the walking football coordinator for Ellon.
“Everyone has had a good time, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” said Grant.
“They are a great bunch of guys.
“We first started in September 2015 with only six participants, but now have 20 taking part, proof that the sport is growing.”
The former Hibs player first came to playing prominence when he starred for Linlithgow Rose in the Junior Cup final at Hampden in 1965.
“This is a bit different, but just as enjoyable,” said Grant.
Harry Kane of Spurs and former England player Alan Shearer have both been introduced to the sport, describing it as the old-timer equivalent of Pokemon Go.
The benefits include getting back to fitness, helping those suffering from depression, anxiety and isolation.
“Walking back to happiness, you could say,” added Grant.