What are the chance of two international football players living in the same tiny village in Mid Wales?

Well, that’s exactly what has happened in Cefn Gorwydd, near Llangammarch Wells.

Dave Barlow and Mandy Gornicki, who are neighbours, have both played walking football for Wales.

Mandy, who has already gained numerous caps for Wales for the over 40s, 50s and 60s, introduced Dave to the game. They both train at Merthyr Tydfil FC and on Saturday, April 22, Dave won his first cap in a friendly match against England, playing for the over 70s team in Sheffield.

They are also both heading off to play in the European Championships in Marseille in June.

Dave, a retired PE teacher and rugby player said: “After a lifetime of being involved with sport, I cannot believe that at 73 I am back playing competitive football again! I could never have dreamt of playing at international level.

"Koining the walking football team has given me a new lease of life. I would recommend it to anyone to give it a go – male or female. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people and keep fit. It’s a real boost to your overall wellbeing as well.”

Mandy, an ex-police dog handler said, “Walking Football has changed my life and brought me back to a sport I love. It has given me a whole new group of friends and allowed me to represent my country and captain them.”

Mandy works tirelessly to promote walking football and is actively involved in trying to raise more funds and find sponsors in order to attract more people to the sport, which offers both physical and mental benefits to older people.

If you would like more information about how you can join in or help in any way, please contact Mandy at [email protected]