A HALL GREEN-based walking football club will be aiming for national glory this weekend when they travel to Cirencester for the National Walking Football Final.
Birmingham Walking Football Club, previously known as Beechcroft, will tackle Gillingham, Gloucester and championship favourites Barnsley in the round robin tournament.
The top two sides from the round robin fixtures will then face each other in a one off grand final to decide the winners.
And the borough outfit will have experience on their side as Birmingham will field two former Aston Villa players in Darren Bradley and Dave Norton.
The club’s appearance in the national final comes just weeks after a comprehensive 7-0 victory over Leicester in the regional qualifier.
Though many people will associate walking football with various comical TV adverts, Birmingham skipper David Castle insists the sport is growing and played at an extremely fast pace.
David, who used to play for Bromsgrove FC before switching to walking football after retirement, said: “The standard of walking football right now is superb, the sport is nothing like you’d imagine it to be.
“Barnsley are the favourites to lift the title but we’re determined to give them a run for their money.
“Our first aim will be to make the final and from there we’ll continue to press hard to win the championships.
“Our club is booming right now with 250 members which is superb, I hope this weekend we can inspire more people in the borough to take up walking football.”