FOOTBALLERS of all ages came together for a community event in Tullibody.

Players from the Walking Football Forth Valley group passed on some of their seasoned skills to the younger generations on Thursday, April 19.

They delivered a training session for the 2007 and 2001 Tullibody teams at the town’s park, which was followed by some smaller matches with the children.

The night was organised by local resident Louise McQuater as part of her Forth Valley College course, Working with Communities.

Tasked with putting together a project – and having learned about how walking football aims to reduce social isolation – she thought the intergenerational event would be a great way to bring people together.

She admits she was “quite chuffed” by how it all went and received fantastic feedback from parents and the community groups involved.

Louise said: “The aim was to get different age groups all working together and just having a wee social event really – just to bring them all together and we did that through football.

“It was a great night; there was a great atmosphere.”

Walking Football Forth Valley is a collection of teams, with all players aged 50 or over, that play a slow-paced and low contact version of football.

Players from Stenhousemuir, Falkirk, Tullibody and more came together to teach the Wee County youngsters a few things about the game.

They led them in warm-up routines, worked on penalty kicks and showed them passing techniques.

Bob Moyes, walking football representative, welcomed the chance to help bring the community together.

He said: "We're just delighted to spread the word about walking about walking football and become involved with other age groups and over the moon to see the enthusiasm of these younger lads, which in turn energises us."

The civic centre, just next to the park, also opened for the night.

This allowed people to pop into the Tullibody Heritage Centre to see the exhibition on the history of sport in the area.

And the planet champion from the Alloa branch of McDonald’s also paid a visit in support, bringing donations of water and fruit.