Nottingham footballing legend and City of Football ambassador Viv Anderson is helping to launch a series of brand new football sessions for men over 40 who want to get back into the game. The ‘Rusty Returners’ sessions, in partnership with Nottingham City Council’s FREEsport programme, will be launched on Wednesday April 27 by the former Nottingham Forest and England defender, who has previously supported the work of Nottingham City of Football across the city. Katie Gibson, Programme and Partner Coordinator at Nottingham City of Football said: “We are delighted to have Viv Anderson on board again for the Rusty Returners launch. He’s been a keen supporter of us since day one and Viv is the perfect ambassador for getting older men back into football. “Rusty Returners isn’t just about getting men over 40 back into football though, it’s also about giving those who want to try football out a chance to do that. “You’re never too old to take up football and this has been shown by Veteran’s Leagues all across Nottinghamshire taking on new older players every week. “We want to keep this momentum going and get everyone playing the game whatever their age or ability. ”

As well as live music and free refreshments there will be a small session ran by a Nottingham City of Football coach and 5-a-side matches to follow. Viv Anderson said: “As most people are aware, Nottingham has a very special place in my heart and it’s absolutely fantastic what the City of Football are doing to keep guys like myself playing the game and enjoying it. “I’m really looking forward to the launch night and speaking to some of the guys who want to get involved in the game for the first time. With wajam you can find what your friends share, when you need it. “They say life begins at 40 and to see so much interest in an event like this just shows that is true. “I’m 59 now but I still love to have a kick around with a few friends whenever I get the chance. It’s great for fitness but it’s also really good fun and a social occasion too. ”

The event will take place on Wednesday April 27 at Southglade Leisure Centre from 7pm – 9pm. All men age 40+ are welcome and entry is free. Key challenges to be met include raising the levels of participation in football in Nottingham promoting the cultural, social, health and educational benefits of football, supporting diversity among those playing football, and creating new initiatives, which can be replicated across other regions in the country. Find your football at
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