Walking football kicks off in West Vale

Walking football has landed in West Vale, with its successful launch taking place on Monday morning.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 11:41 am
Mark Duffy Football School hosts first Walking Football session, Halifax, England on 19 April 2021. Photo by Sam Fielding / SLF Studios

The brand-new initiative, aimed at getting over 50s active – which is hosted by Mark Duffy Football School at West Vale Sports Ground in West Vale – welcomed 28 players to its first ever session, which was officially opened by current North of England walking footballer David Donald.

One of the new players, Graham Kay, said on his experience: “I thoroughly enjoyed it and already look forward to next week. It’s a great way to meet new people, be outside in the fresh air and keep fit – mind you, I might be a little sore tomorrow!”

Walking football is aimed at both men and women, with several female players lacing their boots for the first session. “I haven’t laughed as much in a long time,” said Joanna Baines.

Mark Duffy Football School hosts first Walking Football session, Halifax, England on 19 April 2021. Photo by Sam Fielding / SLF Studios

“It’s great to be outside and having fun, with great physical, mental and social benefits.” commented Karen Hargreaves.

Mark Duffy, founder of Mark Duffy Football School, added: “We are really committed to creating a community within our walking footballers and today is the first step towards that.

“The benefits of walking football are physical, mental and - perhaps most importantly in the current climate - socially. We can’t wait to welcome more players down to our sessions.”

The sessions take place every Monday from 10:30am to 12pm, with the price just £5 per player, which includes refreshments.

Mark Duffy Football School hosts first Walking Football session, Halifax, England on 19 April 2021. Photo by Sam Fielding / SLF Studios