An initiative aimed at promoting fitness in over-50s has been declared a huge success in Balbriggan.

‘Walking Football’ started late last year and proved so popular that Fingal County Council has continued it into the New Year.

The five-a-side game – which is open to both men and women – is played on a smaller pitch at a walking pace.

Sessions also involve a warm-up consisting of different movements and stretches followed by approximately 40 minutes of game time.

Ciaran Russell, sports development officer with the local authority, said: “This is a great way for people to get back into sport and get involved in physical activity.

“Not only is it good to be active but this programme was great fun for all involved, with some healthy competition thrown in.

“We’re hoping to roll out different programmes in the future designed to get people over 50 staying active.”

The initiative was introduced with support from the FAI whose development officer, Paul Keogh, revealed that participants from surrounding areas including Rush, Lusk and Skerries signed up.

The programme runs on Wednesday mornings at 11am in Flemington Community Centre, Balbriggan.