Cross-border Walking Football Event proves a hit

Walking Football

Cross-border Walking Football Event proves a hit

Almost 100 players took part in a cross-border Walking Football event recently in Lisburn.
12th Jun 2018

The event was the second cross-border Walking Football festival to take place, following a similiar event earlier this year in Dublin.

Nine teams competed in the event, including three based out of the National Indoor Arena and Cellbridge.

Played in sunny conditions, players from all nine teams enjoyed the day in a non-competitive environment.

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney was delighted to see the cross-border event prove to be so successful.

“I had the pleasure of attending the first event that took place earlier this year in the National Indoor Arena. It was brilliant to see so many people getting the chance to play football, while improving their health at the same time.

“The fact we were able to send some teams to Lisburn for this event shows the popularity of walking football in Ireland, and it continues to grow around the country. I look forward to seeing the relationship between the FAI and Irish FA continue to grow, as we both show the game we all love can be played be people of all ages.”

Alan Crooks from the Irish FA said the event was enjoyed by all the players in attendance

"The Irish Football Association are delighted to continue the relationship in walking football development with the FAI. It was great to welcome three visiting walking football groups to play six groups from Northern Ireland at Lisburn's Leisureplex.

"All of the player were over the age of 55, and they enjoyed over two hours of games. It was great to see the enjoyment as the players mixed. I would like to thank Gerry Reardon from the FAI for organising it. We look forward to working together as the sport continues to grow."

After the success of the first two events, there are plans to host another event in the buildup to November's friendly between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in November.