Walking Football Spain (WFS) recently organised an international tournament in memory of the late Gordon Powell, who died while watching his teammates play in a tournament on the Algarve in November last year.
WFS were invited to return to the Algarve tournament again this year but the players felt it would be too emotional. Instead, teams of nine, representing Scotland, North of England, South of England and the Rest of the World competed for the Gordon Powell Memorial Trophy at the Santa María stadium, Las Chapas, Marbella.
Matches were keenly contested with rivalries and pride to the fore. In one semifinal, Scotland defeated The Rest of the World (2-0) while in the other the South triumphed over the North (5-2) to set up a keenly-awaited final.
An eight-goal final
Unfortunately for the neutrals, the final was not as close as it was hoped. The dark blues were no match for their more experienced opponents and the South ran out winners of the inaugural competition by seven goals to one. Daryll Collins with nine goals was the tournament's top scorer.
The real winners
However the real winners on the day were The British Heart Foundation as 400 euros was raised both through players donating their five-euro pitch hire fee to the charity and through money raised from a prize raffle.
The club members are already looking forward to staging another charity match with money raised going to a local charity.