National Indoor Arena hosts Walking Football Festival

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National Indoor Arena hosts Walking Football Festival

The FAI hosted its first Walking Football Festival of the new year at the National Sports Campus Indoor Arena in Abbotstown last weekend.
24th Jan 2020

FAI Fingal Development Officer Paul Breen commented;  “14 teams participated in a fantastic day of football, proving you are never too old to enjoy the beautiful game.”

Over 120 players took part on the day which saw teams from Blanchardstown, Santry, Balbriggan, Coolock, Finglas, Cabra, Drogheda, Offaly, Celbridge, Naas and Arklow playing off in three groups, with qualification for semi-finals and finals, with Kildare Celtic eventually beating Celbridge on penalties in all all-Kildare Derby final.

“Targeted for the over-50s, walking football is a great way for people to keep both physically and socially active, whilst enjoying the game” said Breen.

As numbers are now growing, our next outcome will be to segment groups – with 2 Divisions; 50-60 and over-60s.

FAI Grassroots Manager Gerry Reardon said; “Developing this format - we look to another Festival for approximately six week's time, where we will split the age-groups for the first time. We will look to have two age groups; 50's and 60's+. We believe this could be a new 'recruitment' tool to bolster numbers - as teams previously made up of players of both ages, will now have to go looking for mates to fulfil the two age groups...”

“There is also an all-Wexford Festival planned for 28th February and discussions for Walking Football to be part of the Street Football Festival in Galway in March”, said Reardon.

Anybody who has an interest in Walking football or would like more details of where Walking Football may be on in their local area should contact FAI Grassroots Manager Gerry Reardon on gerry.reardon@fai.ie or FAI/Fingal Development Officer Paul Breen on paul.breen@fai.ie