Gretna FC 2008 are making strides to help stop prostate cancer being a killer by organising their own Friendly Football Festival as part of Prostate Cancer UK’s first Walking Football Month. The friendly walking football Festival will take place on Sunday 30th September at Raydale Park, Gretna.
The Anvils have stepped up to join more than 45 other walking football clubs across the UK in signing up to host a friendly Festival this September, in a bid to fight back against the most common cancer in men.
Walking Football Month in Scotland has also been backed by former Scotland football manager Craig Brown CBE, Walking Football Scotland’s Ambassador.
Craig said: “Prostate Cancer UK's Walking Football Month, this month of September, will be featuring Gretna FC 2008 who will be hosting their own friendly Festival to raise awareness and funds for important research. In the UK, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives.”
“With the Scotland Women's Team qualifying for the first time for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in France. I am honoured to be the co-ambassador of Walking Football in Scotland. My colleague is none other than, and arguably, Scotland's most famous female player, Rose Reilly.”
Since Gary McLaughlin, Chairman of Walking Football Scotland, invited Rose and me to become involved, I have been hugely impressed by the rapid expansion of this popular sport and as a Member of the League Managers Association it is understandable that I'm fully supportive of both its involvement in raising awareness of Prostate Cancer and also of the impact which Walking Football will have, this month in particular. I am sure everyone will wish all the best to Stuart Rome and Gretna 2008 in their fantastic and generous efforts, and to support them in any way we can to raise money for research and rid ourselves of prostate cancer.
Walking Football Scotland chairman Gary McLaughlin said: “We are delighted to be involved and working with Prostate Cancer UK. Our age group sadly is the group which is mainly affected by prostate cancer. Although only males have a prostate gland, families can be dramatically changed by this disease. It is in the best interest of our male and female members to help, support and get involved. All credit to Stuart and Gretna 2008 for doing just that and to their commitment and generosity for a very worthwhile cause. ”
Get along to Raydale Park and raise some money for a worthwhile cause and have some fun.