Relics player Keith Bibby helped walking football team Stockport Northern Lights lift the Sport Parkinson’s, Cure Parkinson’s Cup.
The competition is comprised of teams made up of players who all have Parkinson’s disease. Keith was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in January 2014.
This year the event was held at St Georges’ Park National Football Centre, on Saturday 12th March. The centre is the base for all coaching and development work undertaken by the FA, and is the training and preparation ground for all 28 of the England national football teams, including disability.
The event attracted 10 teams from all over the UK and players from further afield, one player coming from Florida to participate. The teams were organised into two groups of five teams with the top two teams in each group progress to the semi finals, the winners of each semi progress to the final.
Stockport Northern Lights finished second in group B behind partner team, Northern Lights Liverpool, and reached the final by beating Parkysaurous FC (managed by England Walking Football manager Stuart Langworthy) 2-0 in the semi final. In the other semi Northern Lights Liverpool beat Pennine Parkies on penalties after a 1-1 tie at full time.
In the final, Stockport Northern Lights beat Northern Lights Liverpool on penalties after a 0-0 draw at full time.
Keith promoted the Relics, and our sponsor, Tower Family Healthcare, by wearing the Relics kit for the warm up, and did a, not so quick, costume change for the competition proper.