A slower version of the beautiful game has been launched in Sudbury.
The first walking football session at AFC Sudbury’s Wardale Williams Stadium was held last week.
Walking football has swept the country and will now be held every Tuesday between 2pm and 3pm.
The games will be played on a turn up and play basis, meaning participants do not need to be part of a team.
AFC Sudbury director Richard Instance said: “We are delighted to have finally launched walking football on the 3G surface, which has been our aim ever since the pitch was laid.
“People will now have the opportunity to come down and take part in this exciting version of the game on a weekly basis. The game is much harder than it looks and it is a great way for people to keep fit and healthy. We hope the game takes off in Sudbury as well as it has in other areas.”
Walking football is a variant of association football with the key difference being players are not allowed to run and will concede a free kick if they do so.
Sliding tackles are banned to avoid injury. The other difference is the ball is not allowed above hip-height.
The sport was devised in 2011 by the Chesterfield F.C. Community Trust.
Following significant media coverage several other clubs took up this version of the game and it is now played all over the country.
The manner in which the sport is played promotes cardiovascular fitness while producing less stress on the body making it accessible to all age groups.
Participation will be £4 per session, which includes tea and biscuits.
As the sessions are held on the 3G surface players must wear studded or bladed boots.
Anyone wanting to know more about walking football or about hiring the 3G pitch should contact AFC Sudbury on 01787 376213 or visit www.3gafc.co.uk.