Ways to Play - Walking Football 2

Walking Football

Supported by Suffolk's Most Active Partnership

Think your playing days are over? Think again!

Walking Football is a relatively new format of football aimed at encouraging older adults to play again, on a regular basis.

The game comprises of the same rules as standard football, except players are not permitted to run. As a result, the game relies less on physical attributes such as speed, power and stamina - and more on accurate passing, good positional play and strong tactical knowledge.

This particular format engages an age group that isn’t normally associated with playing the game, and gives footballers over 50 years old the opportunity to rekindle their playing days and stay active. Walking Football is not played as you might stereotypically think - it is very adaptable, can be played at any level of skill, speed and is open to all ages and abilities.

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!

 

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

Suffolk FA are committed to the development and growth of Walking Football in the County, and we have been helping new clubs start up across Suffolk with advice from members of our development team.

Funding for ten new Walking Football Centres in the county has been made made available through Suffolk County Council's Most Active Partnership programme. If you are interested in establishing a Walking Football Centre in your area, please contact Kirsty Smith, whose details are shown alongside.

The sport is continuing to grow and develop and alongside the popular demand for recreational walking football, we’re now recognising the increased demand for a competitive element to this slower-paced version of the beautiful game. So, whether you’re looking for a social kick about or to find your old competitive edge, in Suffolk we have something to suit you.

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.

Get In Touch

Kirsty Smith - Football Development Officer (Growth)

01449 616606 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) / 07432 735985

kirsty.smith@suffolkfa.com
Where can i play Walking football in suffolk?

Sundays 9am-10am.

Venue: The Nest, Common Lane South, Beccles NR34 9RH

Contact Jonathan Blankley 07523 034244 or alized2020@outlook.com

Wednesdays 7pm-8pm

Contact Richard Fenn 07999 399530 or rjfenn@hotmail.co.uk

Wednesdays 7pm-8pm.

Contact Gary Rampley 07716 188800.

 

Bury Leisure Centre, Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3TT. Wednesdays 5-6pm.

For more information contact Charlie via email keepactive@acleisure.com before attending.  

Three weekly sessions:

Mondays 7pm-8pm and Wednesdays 5.30pm-6.30pm at the Victory Sports Ground (IP33 3BT) and Thursdays 7pm-8pm at Skyliner Sports Centre (Moreton Hall Estate, IP32 7QB).

Contact Darren Brown 07772 781404 or Darren.Brown@SportingTrust.org or see our 'Community Football' page on our website

Mondays 7pm-8pm

Summer: Running from Blackhouse Lane, Great Cornard CO10 0NL; Winter: running from Great Cornard Sports Centre CO10 0JU

Contact: Martyn 07572 020712

Thursdays 6.30pm-7.30pm.

Contact Sam Barton 01394 270278.

Felixstowe Beach Walkers

Tuesdays 1.30pm – 3.00pm

Contact Richard Lord valandrichard@btinternet.com

 

Mondays 6pm-7pm

Contact Kelly Blackburn at Hadleigh High Leisure Centre on 07979 951748 or email hadleighhigh@ssleisure.co.uk

Fridays 6pm-7pm.

Contact Peter Betts 01440 701237 or peterbetts@thenewcroft.co.uk

Sundays 9am-10am

Contact Freddie Gulliver 01473 328015 or penreception@ssleisure.co.uk

 

Activ Walking Football (Outdoor All-weather surface)

Thursday 10.30am-12.00 noon

Gainsborough Sports Centre, Ipswich, IP3 0SP

Returns September 2nd, 2021

£5 per session

Suitable for both female and male players.

Changing facilities are not currently available for use, please come changed ready to play. Toilet facilities are available adjacent to the playing area.

This session is targeted particularly at participants who are 55 years and over (age restriction does not apply to women), and who do not feel able (for whatever reason), to play regular small-sided football. The session consists of a group warm up, refereed game and a stretch cool down. It is led by one of our experienced Activity Leaders.

Covid-19 measures (Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air) are in place at these sessions. We always welcome new participants – If you would like more information about this, or any of our other ActivSport groups, please call on 01473 345350 or email mike@activlives.org.uk 

Fridays 2pm-4pm.

Age Range – Over 55

Cost - £5 per session includes tea/coffee & biscuits afterwards

Contact Alan Franklin on 01473 744730 or Glen Parker on 01473 744497. 

Mondays 8pm-9pm

Contact David McGregor 07770 874563 or themaccas2@ntlworld.com

Men's sessions - Sunday 10am-11am and Tuesday 7pm-8pm

Ladies' only - Wednesday 10am-11am

Venue: Kesgrave Community Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Kesgrave, IP5 1JF

Contact: Noel Wilson, 07846 241518

Thursdays 7pm-8pm

Contact kessinglandfc@hotmail.com

Kirkley & Pakefield Walking Football

Monday - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Open Aged

Paul Beharier 07737398462 or via paul.mnwfc@gmail.com

 

Kirkley & Pakefield Pacemakers

Thursday – 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Over 50’s

Paul Beharier 07737398462 or via kandppacemakers@gmail.com

Wednesdays 3pm-4pm.

Contact Barrie Atkins 01502 513549 or email the club via their website www.kproyalsfc.co.uk

Newmarket Leisure Centre, Exning Road, CB8 0EA. Thursday 5.45pm-6.45pm.

For more information contact Charlie via email keepactive@acleisure.com before attending.

Fridays 7pm-8pm

Contact Ron Dalton 07775 437266 or daltonint@aol.com

 

Wednesday – 2pm-3pm

To register or to find out further information please email terry.barrow@accessct.org or phone 07435 988135.

Venue (Spring/Summer) – Memorial Field, B1119, Saxmundham, IP17 1EJ

Venue (Autumn/Winter) – Market Hall, 29 High Street, Saxmundham, IP17 1AF

Sizewell Seniors

Thursdays 7pm-8pm

Contact Andy Jones 07742 656557 or andytopjones@outlook.com

Wednesdays 8pm-9pm

Contact Laura Worsley 07801 532059

 

Tuesdays from 4pm-5pm 

Contact Graham Coleman on 07514 986201 or gmcoleman999@gmail.com

 

Mondays 8pm-9pm, Tuesdays 2pm-3pm and Thursdays 2pm-3pm.

Contact Mike Powles 07379 089890

How to get Involved

We have created a guide to help those looking to set-up a new adult football team. The guide includes helpful information from setting up the team to increasing awareness; so should you be setting up a team in a brand new club or if you are an established club introducing a new adult team we hope you find the guide of use.

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