THE Burton Albion Community Football Centre recently played host to international walking football fixtures.
The Walking Football Nations League took place in August at St. George’s Park and the Community Football Centre was the perfect venue to host an array of friendly matches.
England’s walking football side faced Rwanda and ran out comfortable 4-1 winners. Spain’s walking football team also faced up to the home nation with the game finishing 2-2. That scoreline was also repeated when England played Northern Ireland.
Burton Albion Community Trust’s own walking football side took on the Northern Irish and earned a deserved 4-1 victory.
Chris Keirl, England Walking Football Coach, said: “We’ve been to the Pirelli Stadium on a number of occasions and we keep coming back for a reason. The facilities here are great and very well looked after and the staff are brilliant.
“It’s also very convenient for us as we have players from across the country and to meet in a location that suits all of our players and staff is very convenient.”
Sam Lee, a Community Coach and organiser of walking football at BACT, said: “It’s brilliant to have hosted international walking football at the Pirelli Stadium. It was also amazing for our own Burton Albion team to play an international side. The game was carried out in good spirits and we learned a lot from it. Winning was a bonus too and it shows how much the players have improved.”
Walking football allows people who have loved the sport all their lives, to once again safely get back in to playing and also introduces the sport to people who perhaps have never considered playing before.
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