GALA Fairydean Rovers will be submitting a team into the inaugural Over 65s League organised by Walking Football Scotland in partnership with North Lanarkshire Leisure and Health & Social Care North Lanarkshire.

The tournament will take place at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell with games held over an eight-month period.

And the first set of fixtures will be held on Monday 11 March.

Prizes include a Fair Play Team, chosen by NLL coaches and referees and awarded at the end of the season which will be presented to the team that plays with the true spirit of walking football.

Referees will also nominate a player from each team in a match that they referee and the player at the end of the season with most nominations will be awarded the Player of the Year trophy.

In addition a WFS award based on discussions with referees and coaches will take place to identify a player who contributes most to the ethos and spirit of walking football.

Last November Gala Fairydean Rovers competed in Scotland's first Over 65 Walking Football tournament which was held today at Toryglen in Glasgow.

A total 16 teams from throughout the country took part with Ayr United winning the competition.

Club Chairman John Hislop said: “We now have 26 regular players and 11 members of our squad are aged over 65.

“The guys are all looking forward to taking part in this tournament but walking football is about much more than competitive games.

“It’s a great way to get and stay fit and make new friends.

"The sessions are aimed at men and women aged over 50 and new members will be made welcome. We currently play each Monday and Thursday at either Langlee Community Centre or Netherdale between 2.30pm and 4pm.”