Football is a walk in the park for Loanhead man

Peter Collins (centre) received the Player of the Year trophy from Billy Hunter,Keith Wright, Jackie McNamara and Kenny Davidson.
Peter Collins (centre) received the Player of the Year trophy from Billy Hunter,Keith Wright, Jackie McNamara and Kenny Davidson.

One of Midlothian’s oldest footballers has been recognised by his team-mates for his skill and prowess on the pitch.

Peter Collins (83) was voted Player of the Year for the local walking football team.

The Hibs supporter received his award from former Hibs players Jackie McNamara and Willie Hunter.

Peter started the sport two years ago. “The idea is to get people out, older people. And because it is football a lot of people are keen to try it.

“Some think they won’t be able to do it because it is walking but it is amazing how quickly you get into it.”

Peter, who lives inWheatfield Grove, Loanhead, joins in the sport three times a week. Games take place at the Bayne Memorial Hall, Loanhead, on Wednesdays; Ladywood Leisure Centre, Penicuik, on Fridays; and at the Dalkeith Community Campus on Wednesday evenings.

“It is really good exercise. I find it terrific and the companionship – you meet new friends. I have met a lovely bunch of folk,” he added.

Walking football follows all indoor five-a-side rules except there is no running. Teams play with rolling substitutions with players on for ten-minute spells.

Read more in this week’s Advertiser, out now.