Tour­na­ment win a walk in foot­ball park for Tre­har­ris

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MORE than 100 peo­ple from across South Wales took part in a walk­ing foot­ball tour­na­ment held in Tre­for­est.

Teams from host club Pon­typridd, Neath, Aber­cynon, Aber­cwm­boi, Swansea and Merthyr all took part in the com­pe­ti­tion at the Univer­sity of Wales sports ground.

But it was Merthyr Town Tre­har­ris Walk­ing Team who were crowned Welsh cham­pi­ons af­ter de­feat­ing Neath in a dra­matic fi­nal which was de­cided in a penalty shoot-out.

With the score 1-1 at the fi­nal whis­tle and the game to be de­cided on penal­ties, Tre­har­ris cel­e­brated af­ter a Neath spot-kick was dis­al­lowed be­cause of a rule in­fringe­ment.

The win­ning Tre­har­ris side will now rep­re­sent Wales at the Walk­ing Foot­ball United Home In­ter­na­tion­als in Scot­land in Novem­ber.

Al­though host club Pon­typridd failed to get through the group stages, they were de­lighted by the num­ber of teams who com­peted.

A club spokesman said: “I was dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t make it through the group stage but it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence and we en­joyed tak­ing part.”

Walk­ing foot­ball be­gan at Ynysyn­g­harad Park, Pon­typridd, more than two years ago un­der the um­brella of the Game on Wales ini­tia­tive with only a hand­ful of peo­ple turn­ing up at the first ses­sion.

When Game on Wales ended its fund­ing of the project, the walk­ing foot­ballers were de­ter­mined to con­tinue and are now based at the Hawthorn Leisure Cen­tre where there about 20 mem­bers.

A spokesman said: “We had bril­liant sup­port from Game on Wales for which we will al­ways be grate­ful.”

Game on Wales pro­gramme man­ager Ryan Jones said: “We are de­lighted to have sup­ported this event. I would like to of­fer my sin­cere thanks to all the walk­ing foot­ballers and sup­port­ers who helped make it such a suc­cess.”

A walk­ing foot­ball tour­na­ment was held in Tre­for­est

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