GP footballers wanted for 2014 World Medical Games

A football team that has represented England at the World Medical and Health Games for 30 years is after new signings.

Medical footballers: new recruits needed
Medical footballers: new recruits needed

The team is aiming to bolster its squad, which features five GPs, with three new players aged 35-45 in a bid to reach the last eight of the Masters section of the tournament in Austria next June.

Stepping Hill Football Club, named after the eponymous hospital in Stockport, has been competing at the games as Stockport FC since the 1980s.

Six one-hour matches are played during the one-week competition, and the medical football team will confront rival outfits from France, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany and other nations.

Team member and Manchester GP Dr Pete Budden said: ‘We are looking to recruit three players between the ages of 35-45, who should still be playing football fairly regularly, and who will have been University standard or equivalent when younger.

‘There are six matches, so you will be playing football every day as part of a squad of 16-18 players.

‘This year we will be competing during the World Cup opening stages, which always increases the excitement and post match banter with opponents.’

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