A number of Glasgow taxi drivers have spoken about the positive impact walking football has had on their health since they started.

Around a dozen of the city's cab drivers started getting together to start a weekly class which would not help their physical health but their mental health too.

The walking football games take place at the Park Villa hub in Govan every Monday from 7pm with around 30 people attending and see a mix of taxi drivers, family and friends getting involved after starting nearly six months ago.

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The two people behind helping create the sessions are Jim Buchanan and Stephen Lally, who are cab drivers in Glasgow.

Their aim was to make an evening that people could look forward to every week and get out of the house, as well as make a friendly atmosphere that people could enjoy.

Jim said: "We wanted to start something that people could have an eye on every week.

"Taxi driving can be stressful at times, so having something like this does help people release some of that.

"It also helps some of us keep active because all day we are sitting down so it does have a great effect in that sense of making us move about more."

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Stephen added: "The comradery between everyone is brilliant and that is a big reason why we do it.

"It has undoubtedly been a massive boost to many of the boys' mental health as you can see their smile when they're playing"

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The rules of walking football ensure that it is friendly for people of all ages as running and tackling are forbidden. 

It aims to get as many people involved, with the aim of joining a league coming in the future with kits already sponsored by Glasgow Taxis Ltd.

One of the people who has been attending for the last few months is Harry Laurie, 70, who described the Monday nights as a "new lease of life" for him. 

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Harry, who is a taxi driver in Glasgow, explained that getting to kick a football about again made him feel like he was 24 again, and take him back to his younger days in his mind.

He said: "It is great to mix with the boys and at 70 years of age you don't think that you will kick a ball again.

"You still think that you are a young boy when you are playing, running when you shouldn't be.

"Walking football gets you out, gets you moving and the good banter with the boys is amazing.

"You don't believe the feeling when you have a ball at your feet. I played five-asides until I was 51, and then I just stopped everything after that. 

"But when walking football came up I said I am going to try that, and it is the best decision I've made."