Growing up Steve moved to Germany at 9 years of age, playing football at school and local junior teams, as either a defender or goalkeeper. In 1973 he joined the British Army where he enjoyed 6 years serving his country before moving into the Fire service in Preston for a further 16 years.
Now as a 66 year old taxi driver from Blackpool was first introduced to walking football at Poolfoot Farm by his friends Pete and Steve, where he first went to watch the group play and met with the Fleetwood Flyers committee members to discuss his aims and ambitions. Since joining the group he has made friends for life but has also lost a considerable amount of weight.
Steve explained, “When I first started Walking Football I weighed 18st 5lb and felt I needed to do more to improve my health. I was encouraged to join the MenActive group delivered by Fleetwood Town Community Trust on a Monday morning and thought I’d give it a go and then COVID hit. Since getting back into weekly walking football and MenActive sessions I have lost just over 2st, weighing 16st 3lb. I feel so much better about myself and have gone down 3 jean sizes. I just love playing football. So to, Fleetwood Flyers and Fleetwood Town Community Trust, thank you for giving me the chance to lose my weight, and back into my football life again.
Community Cohesion & inclusion Manager, John Hartley added, “It’s been a pleasure being part of Steve’s journey over the past few years, he always provides me with an update on his weight loss and he is rightly proud of his achievements. Walking football provides the perfect platform for men over 50+ years old to meet likeminded people whilst improving their physical and mental health.”