Oakwell Hosts Walking Football Tournament

Reds in the Community played host to a Walking Football tournament yesterday afternoon for men over the age of 35.

Every Wednesday, Walking Football is run for adults aged 35+ at the Oakwell Indoor Centre by Health Officer Sean Margison.

With numbers growing at the successful session, Reds in the Community invited two sides from Oldham and the surrounding areas for a friendly tournament.

The five teams, including three from Barnsley, then enjoyed a ground tour of Oakwell Stadium before coming together for some light refreshments.

Health Officer Sean spoke about the success of the tournament and the multiple perks of playing walking football.

He said: “It was fantastic. They came here with 14 fellas and played a round-robin tournament with our regular session lads. We’ve been playing tournaments against the likes of Doncaster and Wakefield so it’s good to get Oldham on board. We’re looking to return the favour in a couple of weeks time and travel over to Oldham.

“It’s fantastic building partnerships up. For the lads that come to the session, it’s great playing amongst themselves but it’s always a nice change to play against other fellas. We get a regular 20 here on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s fun, it’s that little bit of exercise, there’s that social side to it. After yesterday’s events, the lads had a ground tour and some food so there’s that side to it as well.”

It is not the first time that RitC have worked with other local clubs and organisations to provide the Walking Football participants with opportunities such as yesterday’s tournament.

Every month, regulars at the session travel to the Keepmoat Stadium to compete against their counterparts from the Club Doncaster Foundation alongside teams from Wakefield and other local areas.

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Our Walking Football session runs from 1:00-2:00 (12:00-1:00 during school holidays) every Wednesday afternoon at the Oakwell Indoor Centre costing just £3!

For more information regarding Walking Football or any other Health initiative Reds in the Community run, contact [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.