This rapidly growing form of football has gone international
Wales hosted England in a pioneering Walking Football international clash.
The Welsh team, represented by Merthyr Town Community Trust’s side, entertained England in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Pontypridd RFC's home Sardis Road.
The event was co-ordinated by FAW Trust delivery partners, Game On Wales, with support from Walking Football United.
England, represented by Birmingham Walking Football Club, started very strongly and were two goals to the good in the opening five minutes.
Wales edged back into the game, but a clinical England side converted their chances and with their goalkeeper putting in a man of the match performance, England were able to extend their lead further.
Wales’ only goal was scant reward for their efforts but met with huge cheers from the home support. England were very worthy winners on the day and lifted the UK Walking Football Championships, the final score 1 – 8.
Dominic Mahoney, Merthyr Town Community Coach reflected, “It's been a great experience for all of those involved, they did such a great job against very strong opposition.
"To see the smiles on their faces, to hear them laughing and joking with one another, no matter the score, not just today, but every week is so great to see. This is the beauty of Walking Football, it truly is a social sport.”
Game On Wales programme manager Ryan Jones said: “At Game On Wales and The Coalfields Regeneration Trust we are proud to support efforts and will continue to ride this explosion of interest.
"There’s a place for competition but we really want to maximise walking football’s health of social benefits by getting the base of participation as wide as we can.”
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