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Proact stadium to host first ever international walking football tournament this weekend

The first ever international walking football tournament will be played at the Proact Stadium on Sunday, June 9. Starting at 10am, there will be a full day of 50-minute matches.

Hosted by Chesterfield FC, the home of walking football, the FIWFA European Nations Cup will be contested by the three strongest national teams in Europe: England, Italy and Wales.

Walking Football Association chief executive Paul Carr is looking forward to the tournament. He said: “This is another significant milestone for the sport, providing further evidence of the ever-expanding interest in walking football across the globe. It is great that we are able to stage the tournament at Chesterfield, where the sport was devised by John Croot.

“After full consultation, France, Holland, Spain and the Channel Isles were unable to organise eligible national teams in time. France are hopeful that they could be ready in time for an international against England in the autumn.

"Other nations are planning to be ready in time to be involved in the 2020 World Cup following an extensive selection trial process, similar to the one used by the world’s first international team, England. 

“Only England, Italy and Wales have so far actually played international walking football in the Over 50s age group and the same applies to the Over 60s, with the addition of Gibraltar."

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