WALKING football teams competed for the chance for glory while raising a large sum for charity during a tournament.

The charitable football event at Little Oakley’s War Memorial Ground raised £1,000 for Age UK Essex on Sunday.

It attracted sixteen sides from all over Essex battling for glory, with Clacton Knights beating Harwich WFC in the final by a solitary goal.

Little Oakley chairman Derek Murr said: “This mixed-age, mixed-gender event was very well-organised and a huge thanks must go to the small team that work tirelessly to put it all together.

“Everybody was so grateful it stayed dry for the whole day and all teams involved in the tournament expressed their thanks for such an enjoyable event.

“I hope events such as this will continue to put walking football firmly on the map in Tendring and beyond.”

The tournament came after the FA announced a partnership with Age UK and Sport England about a new walking football programme, with a goal to reach more than 1,000 older people over the next two years.

However, Age UK Essex were excluded from this initiative and therefore the tournament was arranged to show support to the charity.

Mr Murr added: “The Harwich walking football team recently received funding from Active Essex and we are putting plans together to run a walking football session just for women from Tuesday, August 24 on Little Oakley’s 3G pitch between 4pm and 5pm.

“If any ladies are interested I would ask they contact our FA Level 1 Coach, Jenny Hill of JPS coaching, on 07890 665883 or email jpsportscoaching@outlook.com.”