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Whaley Bridge walking footballers take on ‘Brazil’!
Saturday 30th September 2017 @ 21:35 by Adam Higgins
News Whaley Bridge

A group of walking footballers from Whaley Bridge took their footballing and navigational skills on tour this week.

They travelled to The Akademy at Dronfield, in North East Derbyshire, on Wednesday (September 27) to take part in a walking football festival, organised by The Spireites Walking Footballers.

Starting at 10am, the group took on four other teamsĀ in a series of 15-minute matches, which resulted in a number of impressive goals, a few disputed decisions, one draw and some defeats.

There was also the startling revelation that one of the opposing teams’ star players had played, in the past, for Brazil’s Under 16s team.

A great time was had by all and the tired legs were soon forgotten as the men dived into the chip butties, provided by the organisers.

Walking football, one of the fastest growing if not fastest moving sports in the country, took off in Whaley Bridge in 2015, thanks to a grant from High Peak Borough Council.

The sessions are organised by Be Well, the Glossop based social enterprise dedicated to raising wellbeing, and supported by Public Health Derbyshire and Whaley Bridge Town Council.

Be Well also run walking football sessions at Glossop Leisure Centre at 2:30pm on Monday afternoons and on the Glossopdale Astroturf Pitch off Newshaw Lane on Thursday mornings at 10:30am. For more information, you can call Be Well’s Vicky Murphy on 07590 839421.

The sessions in Whaley Bridge take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm at the Memorial Park, off Park Road.


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A team effort: Whaley Bridge’s walking footballers having fun at the festival in Dronfield