Sussex based walking football club, The Seals made it to the finals of the walking football category of The FA People’s Cup which was held at St George’s Park.
It was a cold, drizzly day at St. George’s Park, but for the top Walking Football side in the South East - The Brighton Seals, there was a great deal of excitement in the air.
The Seals - part of Brighton Walking Football Club - went through a long and hard qualification campaign in their finals day quest.
Their People’s Cup journey started with local qualifiers, followed by a gruelling nine-team regional knockout round in Wimbledon, where only one side could progress to England’s esteemed training complex to compete at finals day. It was the Seals who triumphed.
But what is The FA People’s Cup? Essentially, it’s a series of small-sided, free to enter series competitions run by The FA, partnered with the BBC’s Get Inspired scheme. Walking Football was one of eighteen categories, which also included disability football, college and veterans.
35,000 people were involved in the People’s Cup last year, and this year promised to be even bigger. For the Walking Football, just six teams remained to compete on finals day in a round-robin tournament, followed by the top four progressing to the semi-finals.
The Seals’ first opponents were Beccles Town FC. The two sides played out an intense 1-1 draw, although the Brighton side will have been aggrieved not to take all three points after taking the lead and hitting the woodwork twice.