Four regulars at Red Neighbours' Walking Football scheme have explained the significance of the initiative to them and their fellow participants.

Social isolation affects more than a million older people in the United Kingdom and can have a severe impact on quality of life.

During the past five months, Red Neighbours has worked hard to combat the issue and provide support to those affected, through its Walking Football project.

In the video report above, Jim and Tommy, 89 and 72 respectively, discuss the benefits of the weekly sessions organised as part of Liverpool FC’s community programme – including the chance to continue putting on their boots for a game.

And ahead of a special Christmas tournament, Liz and Edith tell us why they attend the Walking Football gatherings to show their support for the players involved.

The friendly festive competition was backed in person by three Reds greats too – in the form of Robbie Fowler, Alan Kennedy and Gary McAllister – and with the help of Anfield Sports and Community Centre.