Over the last 12 months, the first ever Wales Walking Football Team has been established and it could not have gotten off to a better start! The team – made up of players from across Wales – has already received world champion status!
We are delighted to say that some of the team members included in the national team are regular users of Deeside Leisure Centre.
The team recently competed in the International Walking Football Federation (IWFF) World Cup where they reached the final, hosted in London. After finishing every game unbeaten against Australia, Spain, France and England, the team was crowned 2019 winners!
Peter Hazeldine, who played in the World Cup and regularly plays at Deeside Leisure Centre, said: “the great thing about playing for Wales and Deeside Leisure Centre has always been the friendships I’ve developed. This was never more apparent than when Wales won the IWFF World Cup. Without that bond of camaraderie and unity we would never have won it. We played as a squad, and won as a squad.”
The team received well wishes from sports star Shane Williams as well as singer Gruffydd Wyn who both sent videos to the team to wish them luck for the final!
Lee Breeze – Centre Development Officer for Deeside Leisure Centre, as well as joint manager of Wales Walking Football over 60s team – expressed his enthusiasm about the team’s amazing accomplishment, saying: “to see how Walking Football is developing across Wales is a real delight. Winning the IWFF World Cup is a testament to all the hard work that goes in, both on and off the pitch, and not just to those that took part during the World Cup but to everyone involved in the journey so far.
To be a part of something historic and to see the friendships and bonds that are being made by people across Wales is something I’m very proud to be a part of: long may it continue.”
Aura Wales would like to congratulate the team on their fantastic success and wish them all the best for the future.
Walking Football sessions are held at Deeside Leisure Centre every Tuesday 2.30-3.30pm and at Mold Leisure Centre every Saturday 11.00am-12.00pm.