Pilot project offers football with a twist

AS THE new season gets under way Suffolk FA is running a pilot project which will see a game of football played in Ipswich with a twist.

The match may well be more sedate than most you will see over the new season because the players will be penalised for breaking into a job or even a sprint because they will be playing a new version of football called walking football.

Walking football is designed to allow older people an opportunity to remain active and meet people.

It is hoped that the session on Friday, August 17, at Whitton Sports Centre, will become a springboard for regular events with men and women aged over 55 taking part in the pilot.

James Payne, Suffolk FA Get Into Football Officer, said: “The new format of the game provides an opportunity for new or ex-players to take part without expectations on fitness levels or speed.

“Another reason for taking part is the huge social benefits of meeting other players.”

The walking football session runs between 2pm and 4pm at Whitton Sports Centre, Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich. The session costs �1 to take part.

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For more information please contact James Payne on 07432 735984 or email james.payne@suffolkfa.com