A group of Derby County legends made a playing comeback on Thursday by featuring in a walking football tournament to support the Derby County Community Trust’s annual trip to Kenya.
The Kenya Cup, which ran in partnership with Richmond Villages Retirement Homes, saw former rams Archie Gemmill, Roger Davies, Roy McFarland and Kevin Hector don their football boots again in Repton, reminiscent of the Derby’s title winning era of the 1970s.
Walking football was the sport on offer and is a growing phenomenon amongst the older generations, providing an excellent outlet for those looking to return to the sport after many years’ absence.
Teams of over 60s from across Derbyshire took part, all to raise money for the Rams in Kenya project which will see over 60 volunteers return to the African country this summer.
During what will be their sixth visit, volunteers will spend time funding the installation of running water, building classrooms, providing resources, supporting teachers and completing maintenance and site improvement. Money raising events such as the Kenya Cup prove vital in making the trip possible.
In what was a fantastic fundraiser, the ex-Rams showed great vigour and hadn’t lost that competitive edge. They eventually finished the day runners-up to Riverside following a 3-3 draw and loss on penalties in the final.
The trip began in 2012 and has grown since 13 volunteers departed on the first visit. 164 volunteers have now taken part across the five trips.
Volunteers also get the opportunity to take part in the Rift Valley Adventure Day which is a visit to the Nakuru National Safari, Thompson falls and the equator. There is also the chance to visit the Menengai Crater, an elephant orphanage and the giraffe manor in Narobi.
Facilitated by African Adventures, the trip benefits both the Derby County Community Trust and the impoverished areas around Nakuru in Kenya.