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Walking footballers to join fundraising effort for Sarah's new prostheses

Walking Football Spain, "top dogs" on the Costa del Sol.
Walking Football Spain, "top dogs" on the Costa del Sol. / SUR
  • Walking Football Spain has organised a charity tournament in Elviria on Saturday to help raise funds for 16-year-old Sarah Almagro Vallejo who lost her limbs to sepsis

Walking Football Spain has organised a match at the Estadio Santa María in Elviria this Saturday to raise funds for Sarah Almagro Vallejo, the 16-year-old Marbella girl who, after contracting sepsis in the summer, had to have her hands and feet amputated. Money raised from the Sarah Almagro Vallejo trophy will help towards the cost of new prostheses.

Teams of nine, including one created by Sarah's uncle, will play 20-minute matches in the tournament which will run from 2pm until 4pm, with the winners receiving the Sarah Almagro Vallejo Challenge trophy for their efforts.

Players from across Malaga province will be represented, with teams from Benalmádena, Marbella and San Pedro.

Spectators, expected to include Sarah herself, are invited to attend. The bar will be open.

Top dogs on the Costa

This is not the only charitable event that Walking Football Spain have been involved in. Last Wednesday, WFS played against their rivals Walking Dead in a match-up to determine the "top dogs" on the Costa del Sol. It took place at Finca Naundrup in Calahonda, with all funds raised going to the Ciudado de los Niños centre in Malaga.

A total of four matches were played with the Walking Football Spain 'A team' defeating Walking Dead 2 - 1 in the final.

The other matches were all close in score with the first match and second ending in a draw. The third match saw Walking Dead take the victory, but only by one goal.

After the tournament a reception for the players was held at the Costa del Sol tennis complex after which it was announced that a total of 665.66 euros has been raised.

Guest speakers

Next year on 20 January, Walking Football Spain is organising a Sportsman's Lunch at Batuta in La Cala de Mijas. The lunch will begin at midday, and a traditional Sunday roast will be available.

Former Arsenal, Hull City and Northern Ireland defender Terry Neill, alongside Larry Lloyd, who represented Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and England, will be attending the event.

Additionally, comedian and speaker Russ Williams will join the celebrations. Tickets are priced at 30 euros and a large amount of the proceeds will go to prostate cancer research. The rest of the money raised will go towards club funds to keep it running.