New football programme up and walking in Balbriggan!

December 20, 2018 0

A joint initiative between the Fingal County Council Sports Office and FAI took place over a four week period in Balbriggan recently. Walking Football aims to get men and women aged over 50 playing football, staying active and meeting new people. Some may have played the game before and want to get involved again whereas others may have never played but would like to try it out. The game is played on a smaller pitch, at a slower pace and as the name suggests, players can only walk during the game.

The programme ran for four weeks during November and December with 10 people taking part overall. The session involves a warm up consisting of different movements and stretches followed by approx. 40 minutes of game time. Once the session finishes everyone shakes hands and heads into a nearby room for a well-earned cup of tea or coffee and maybe even a biscuit or two.

Ciaran Russell, Sports Development Officer with Fingal County Council, said; ‘This is a great way for people to get back into sport and get involved in physical activity. Not only is it good to be active but this programme was great fun for all involved, with some healthy competition thrown in. We are hoping to roll out different programmes designed to get people over 50 moving more and staying active in the future.’

FAI Development Officer Paul Keogh said; ‘It was great to see the interest in the walking football programme in Balbriggan with participants attending from surrounding towns of Rush, Lusk and Skerries. It is open to all ages 50+ men and women and we look forward to delivering the program again in early 2019’.

We would like to thank Balbriggan Educate Together NS for use of their sports hall and Flemington Community Centre for providing refreshments for the duration of the programme.

The programme will start again in the New Year and will run for 4-6 weeks on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 am in Flemington Community Centre.