Montrose Walking Football Club was crowned Scottish Walking Football Champions at the National Festival on Sunday 19 June at Spartans Community Football Academy in Edinburgh.

The festival, which was co-ordinated by Paths for All as part of the Scottish Government’s Active Scotland strategy, saw 26 teams of over 50’s from across Scotland battle it out to walk away as Scottish Walking Football Champions 2016.

Ian Findlay, Chief Officer at Paths for All said,

“The 2016 Scottish Walking Football festival was an overwhelming success. ‎26 teams who came from all over Scotland to play the latest version of the beautiful game and the enthusiasm from players and coaches made it a wonderful day. Special thanks to Spartans Community Football Academy for providing their fantastic venue and staff to support the event, and also to our partners Age Scotland for providing the Yvonne Coull Memorial Shield which was awarded to Montrose WFC.  We wish the team the best of luck as they now carry the hopes of all the Scottish walking football family to the UK play-offs.”

This slowed down version of the beautiful game has grown rapidly across Scotland by allowing people to reignite their passion for football, despite injury or illness, simply by slowing things down.

Craig Brown, former Scotland manager said,

"It's great to see so many teams from all over Scotland competing at this year's festival. The growth of this version of the beautiful game has been phenomenal and I am heartened by the fact that we have so many people still playing football in their later years."