Alfred meets Neil Coates. Neil used to be paid to play football. Now he’s employed to encourage local people to take up the sport and to use Shaftesbury FC’s new all-weather pitch.
Neil launches walking football sessions this Friday, between 2pm and 3pm. The £5 fee includes a hot drink. Call to book on 07751665152.
In our interview, Neil explains how this form of football works and who the session is aimed at. And Neil tells Alfred what the artificial pitch feels like to play on. His job includes maintenance of the playing surface. As you’ll hear, it requires some special treatment.