Sheffield Home of Football Launch Walk 22nd April Practicalities

We hope you are looking forward to the Sheffield: Home of Football walk on Sunday as much as we are.  In advance of the event, we want to highlight a few practical considerations for everyone to bear in mind.

About the Sheffield: Home of Football app

  • Please make sure you have downloaded the Sheffield: Home of Football app from your app store before the day of the launch walk and check that your phone is fully charged. Visit to download.
  • Please familiarise yourself with what the various buttons do on the app so that you are ready for the walk. The best way to do this is to read the pre-planning section.
  • The audios repeat the same information that is available as text in the app and ordinarily you could choose whether to do the walk either by listening or reading. However, on the 22nd we ask that you concentrate on the text and the pictures only rather than the audio; that way you will be able to hear what the historians leading your group have to say at the various points on the tour.

Football Historians attending the walk:

  • Martin Westby author of A History of Sheffield Football 1857 -1889
  • John Wilson organiser of the ‘Home of Football’ project
  • Andy Dixon Sheffield FC Club Historian
  • Scott Loveluck Hallam FC Club Historian
  • Jason Dickinson Sheffield Wednesday FC Club Historian
  • John Garrett Sheffield United FC Club Historian
  • Clive Nicholson and Mark Metcalf authors of ‘Flying over an Olive Grove’

Health and safety
We want everyone to have the best possible experience, so here are a few recommendations:

  • The weather forecast for Sunday is warm. We recommend wearing suitable clothing, sun cream and a hat.
  • Please bring water and any snacks you might need.
  • If you would usually take medication during the day, please ensure you bring it with you.
  • Although entirely on paved areas, 4.7 miles is a long walk so please wear appropriate, sturdy shoes.
  • If you have any physical limitations that may prevent you from completing the walk, please let us know. If you think you will be unable to complete the 4.7 mile walk, please do not take part.  However you might still wish to join us at Highfield Library from 2.30pm for tea, cake and a Q&A session with the historians.
  • Everyone should proceed at a pace they are comfortable with which does not cause over exertion. Those who suspect they are unable to complete the necessary distance should inform the walk leader and not proceed.
  • Once the walk begins, we ask that you do not leave the walk without informing the walk leader.
  • Please take care when crossing roads and don’t allow the phone to distract from normal road safety.
  • Please remain on pavements except when crossing roads.
  • Give way to other pedestrians and be mindful of the group size and traffic around you.
  • If at any point you require medical assistance, inform the walk leader.
  • Ultimately, all attendees are responsible for their own safety.


On arrival at Heeley Parish Church
Please arrive for 12noon, for registration and an introduction and briefing.  Report to the walk leader who will be wearing a high visibility jacket.

Please note, there is a church service going on until 11.45am, so please respect the church yard and keep the noise down until after that time.

On arrival at Highfield Library
The walk concludes at Highfield Library where we will be serving refreshments and cake.  The football historians will be giving a Q&A session and Martin Westby, author of ‘A History of Sheffield Football 1857 -1889 will be selling his book at the discounted price of £15.00.

Feel free to wear your favourite Sheffield football club’s shirt, be it Sheffield FC, Hallam FC, Wednesday FC or United. The walking tour app is about celebrating Sheffield’s collective contribution to football.

Thanks for reading; we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

The Events Team