Wakefield Team makes national Walking Football final at St George’s Park
02 July 2015
A team of over 50s from Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford will represent Yorkshire at the national Walking Football finals on Monday 6 July.
The group all play Walking Football as part of Wakefield’s Sporty Mates initiative, which organises bespoke activities for men over 30 to help them stay physically active.
The 5-aside team is made up of six players – John Hoult (57) from Wrenthorpe, Niall O’Donell (59) from Wakefield, John Rooke (67) from Wakefield, David Howson (59) from Walton, Paul Duggan (62) from Featherstone and Aidan Byrne (57) from Flockton.
To reach the final and represent Yorkshire the team beat York City FC’s Walking Football team on 24 June in a nail-biting match which they eventually won 2-1 by scoring a “Golden Goal”.
The final of the national competition will take place at the Football Association’s St George’s Park in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire – the ground where the professional England team trains before competitions.
Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “We wish the gents luck in their matches on Monday and hope they can bring some silver back to Wakefield.
“It’s great that an initiative which started as a way to get people more active has led to this and is testament not only to the talent of the players, but also to the hard work and dedication of the dedicated team which puts on the bespoke activities on our Sporty Mates programme.”
Walking Football is played at the Wakefield Football Centre on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-1pm, and at Crofton Community Centre on Fridays 12-1pm and costs just £1 for men over 30. For more information about Sporty Mates visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/sportymates