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Walking footballers at Kirkley & Pakefield FC Steve Wood Photography
Walking footballers at Kirkley & Pakefield FC Steve Wood Photography
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Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game primarily aimed at the over 50s.

Walking Football is designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of their age, as well as getting those back playing football who perhaps had to stop due to injuries. 
Rules / Guidelines

• Players are prohibited from sprinting, running or jogging while the ball is in play

• Anyone doing so is penalised with a free-kick awarded to the other team

• No slide tackles are allowed

• Played with a size 4 Futsal ball (if available) indoors or use a traditional ball outdoors

• If the ball goes off the pitch over the touchline, the game is restarted via a kick, roll or throw-in (to allow  for different physical capabilities) Note: It is strongly recommended to use a roll or kick in for indoor facilities

• It can be played indoors or outdoors depending on weather and available facilities

Variations and game adaptations can be made to suit participants’ needs and capabilities.

Play the game you love but reduce the chances of injury. It's a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time! 

The Walking Football programme in Suffolk is sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Approved Walking Football Centre players are eligible for exclusive discount with the cruise operator.

For more information, contact Suffolk FA Senior Football Development Officer Michael Cornall on 01449 776381 or via email Michael.cornall@suffolkfa.com

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Below is a list of the locations, days and times that Walking Football is currently taking place in Suffolk along with names of contacts for each venue in the county. There is also a Walking Football Toolkit below to help you get started.

Barrow - Suffolk Academy, Church Road, Barrow IP29 5AX. Tuesdays 2pm-3pm, Fridays 10am-11am, Sundays 10am-11am. Contact Glen Moulds 07415 886805 or info@suffolkacademy.com

Beccles - Sir John Leman High School, Ringsfield Road, Beccles NR34 9PG: Every Sundays 11am-12noon. Contact Jonathan Blankley 07523 034244 or jonblankley@btinternet.com

Brandon - Brandon Sports Centre, Church Road, Brandon IP27 0JB: Wednesdays 7pm-8pm. Contact Gary Rampley 07716 188800.

Bury St Edmunds - Abbeycroft Leisure & Bury Town FC. Howard Primary School, Beard Road, Bury St Edmunds IP32 6SA: Wednesdays 5.15pm-6.15pm. Contact Charlie Potter 07950 891299 or charlie.potter@acleisure.com

Bury St Edmunds - Sporting 87. Two weekly sessions: Mondays 7pm-8pm at Victory Sports Ground (Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BT); and Thursdays 8pm-9pm at Skyliner Sports Centre (Moreton Hall Estate, IP32 7QB). Contact Darren Brown 07772 781404 or darren.brown@sporting87.co.uk

Felixstowe - People for Places Leisure Ltd, Brackenbury Sports Centre, High Road East, Felixstowe IP11 9JF: Thursdays, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Contact Sam Barton 01394 270278.

Haverhill - The New Croft, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill CB9 0BW. Fridays 6pm-7pm. Contact Sophie Grey 01440 701237 or sophiegrey@thenewcroft.co.uk

Ipswich - Westbourne Academy, Marlow Road, Ipswich IP1 5JN. Tuesdays 7-8pm. Contact Richard Fenn 07802 722341 or ipswichphoenix@hotmail.co.uk

Ipswich - ActivIpswich, Gainsborough Sports & Community Centre, Braziers Wood Road, Ipswich IP3 0SP: Thursdays, 3pm-4pm. Contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or via mike@activlives.org.uk before attending this session.

Ipswich - ActivIpswich, Whitton Sports &  Community Centre, Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich IP1 6LW: Fridays, 2pm-3.30pm. Contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or via mike@activlives.org.uk before attending this session.

Kesgrave - Kesgrave High School, Main Road, Kesgrave, Ipswich IP5 2DB. Tuesdays 7pm-8pm and 8pm-9pm. Contact Noel Wilson 07846 241518.

Lowestoft - Kirkley & Pakefield FC, Walmer Road, Lowestoft NR33 7LE: Wednesdays, 3pm-4pm. Contact Barrie Atkins 01502 513549 or email the club via their website www.kproyalsfc.co.uk

Newmarket - Abbeycroft Leisure Centre, Exning Road, Newmarket CB8 0EA: Monday 8-9pm. Contact Charlie Potter 07950 891299 or via keepactive@acleisure.com

Stowmarket - Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket IP14 1LH: Mondays 7pm-8pm and Wednesdays 8pm-9pm. Contact Laura Worsley 07801 532059.

Sudbury - AFC Sudbury, Kings Marsh Stadium, Brundon Lane, Sudbury CO10 7HN. Mondays 6pm-7pm, Tuesdays 2pm-3pm and Fridays 2pm-3pm. Contact Craig Power 01787 376213.

Walsham-le-Willows - Walsham-le-Willows FC, Summer Road, Walsham-le-Willows IP31 3AH: Mondays, 8pm-9pm, Tuesdays 2pm-3pm and Thursdays 2pm-3pm. Contact Mike Powles 07971 613933.

For further information please contact Suffolk FA Flexible Football Officer Darren Scoulding on 01449 776313 or 07432 735984 or via email Darren.scoulding@suffolkfa.com 

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