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Walk your way to fitness

Enjoy the beautiful game, but can’t last the pace? Walking football could be the answer, and it’s coming to AFC Sudbury. Weekly sessions will be starting in August at the Ryman League club’s new 3G pitch, now being laid at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

The club is now urging anyone interested in taking part in the walking football sessions to register their interest.

AFC Sudbury director Richard Instance said: “We are really excited to be adding walking football to the various weekly activities which will be held at the stadium once the 3G pitch is open for use.

“Walking football is a fast growing sport with people all over the country getting involved, so we are delighted to introduce it to the people of Sudbury. To start with, the walking football sessions will be held weekly and teams will just turn up and play. However, in the future we are hoping to create a league format.

“The sport is much harder than it looks, and it is a great way for people to keep fit and healthy. We are now urging teams which would like to participate in walking football to contact us so we can get them booked in.”

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. Sliding tackles are banned to avoid injury, and originally the game was played without goalkeepers, although this is now optional.

The only other difference is the ball is not allowed above hip height. The sport was devised, during 2011, by the Chesterfield FC 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 sport promotes cardiovascular fitness while producing the least stress on the body, making it accessible to all age groups.

Anyone wanting to know more about walking football, or other opportunities to play on the new 3G pitch, should ring 01787 376213.

n AFC Sudbury Ladies, who play in the Eastern Region Women’s Premier League, are looking for new players for their squad.

Training is on a Wednesday, 7.30-9pm, at the Wardale Williams Stadium, and this season the team will be playing their home matches on the club’s new 3G pitch.

Anyone interested in playing has to be 16 or older, but the club would welcome 14-15-year-olds at training.

For further details contact: Jemel Fox 07837677591, Harriet Young 07530607462 or Clive Golding 07837677591.

n Week 12 winners in the AFC Sudbury Gold fundraiser: £100 W Messer (136), Ballingdon Gardens, Sudbury; £10 S Davies (201), Springfield Rd, Sudbury; £10 K Fairbrother (244), Bradford Drive, Colchester.

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