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Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s, so if you thought your footballing days were over, then think again!

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
• Walking Football is non-contact and no slide tackles are allowed
• Played with a size 4 Futsal ball (if available) indoors or use a traditional ball outdoors
• The game is played on a pitch 20/40 yards in length and 15/30 yards in width
• The area can be adjusted to suit numbers
• 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 to depend on weather and available facilities

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

It can be mixed sex football, if there is demand, as it is unaffiliated (not formal, ‘league’ football) but Sussex County FA encourages centres / facilitators to provide female only sessions where required.

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 following centres have confirmed that Walking Football activities are or will be taking place:

Bexhill - Bexhill Leisure Centre, Down Road, Bexhill, TN39 4HS
Tuesdays 9:45am-10:45am – NB From 1st September time will be Tuesdays from 9.15am-10.45am.
Contact:
Su Reece, Healthy Living Clubs Co-ordinator
T: 01273 476704
M: 07850 987148
E: susan.reece@ageukeastsussex.org.uk

Brighton - Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre
Sessions are held on Thursdays from 12:00noon to 2:00pm at a cost of £2.10 per person. Sessions will re-commence on 7th January 2016. There is an option to socialise afterwards with a cup of tea or coffee in the onsite café. Activity takes place indoors in a sports hall, so appropriate non-slip footwear should be worn.
Contact:
Louise Gillam
T: 01273 622266
E: louise.gillam@freedom-leisure.co.uk

Brighton - Preston Park (near the Café), Preston Road, Brighton BN1 6SD
Sessions are held on Sundays from 11.00am - 1.00pm and are facilitated by Brighton & Hove Dolphins Walking Football Club. Contact the club via e-mail below or visit their website: www.brightonwfc.com.
Contact:
Brighton & Hove Dolphins Walking Football Club
E: brightonwfc@mail.com

Burgess Hill - Manor Field Primary School, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 0PZ
Tuesdays 5:30pm till 6:30pm, delivered by Albion in the Community.
Contact:
Angie Steel
E: Angie.Steel@albioninthecommunity.org.uk

Chichester - Everyone Active Bourne Leisure Centre, Park Road, Southbourne, PO10 8PG
Drop in sessions take place every Sunday 4:30pm till 5:30pm at a cost of £4 per person.
Contact:
Reception
T: 03330 050397

Chichester - Everyone Active Westgate Leisure Centre, Via Ravenna, Chichester, PO19 1RJ
Drop in sessions take place every Tuesday 1:30pm till 2:30pm at a cost of £3 per person.
Contact:
Reception
T: 03330 050396

Crawley - K2 Leisure Centre
Mondays 6:00pm till 7:00pm  in the main sports hall or 3G pitch (depending on time of year) at a cost of £2.10. Wednesdays 12:00 noon till 1:00pm in the main sports hall all-year round, also at a cost of £2.10 per week.
Contact:
Dave Downey
T: 01293 585300

Crawley - Crawley Town Football Club, Checkatrade.com Stadium
Crawley Town Community Foundation delivers Walking Football sessions every Friday between 12:00pm - 1:00pm on the Checkatrade.com Stadium astro-turf (opposite Redz Bar) and cost is just £3 per person. Participants should bring a drink of water, comfortable clothing and footwear for an artificial turf football pitch. There is no need to reserve a place, just turn up on the day.
Contact:
Amy Fazackerley, Community Development Co-ordinator
T: 01293 410 000
E: AmyFazackerley@CrawleyTownFC.com

Eastbourne - Shinewater Sports & Community Centre, Milfoil Drive, BN23 8ED
In conjunction with AGE UK, Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Borough Football Club.
The session started in Nov 2016 and was extended in January 2017 due to the increase in players. The session welcomes, all playing abilities.
Contact:
Shinewater Sports & Community Centre
T: 01323 768614
E: will.holt@eastbourne.gov.uk

Eastbourne - Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, BN21 2UF
Fridays 7:30pm till 9:00pm in the sports hall, £3.00 per session. The session gives players who are not available during the day the chance to participate - all playing abilities welcome.
Contact:
Jack Findon
T: 01323 649214
E: jack.findon@eastbourne.gov.uk 

Eastbourne Borough Walking Football Club - Eastbourne Borough FC, Priory Lane, BN23 7QH
Thursday Mornings on the 3G pitch adjacent to the main pitch. Training session 9:15am till 10:00am for those interested in training for competitive play. Open play for fitness fun and competitive practice 10:00am till 12:00pm. Cost: £2.00 per hour.
Contact:
Heidi Emery, Press Officer, Eastbourne Borough Walking Football Club
T: 07795 546296
E: Message through Facebook page

Felpham - Inspire Leisure Centre, Felpham Way
Sessions held in the Inspire Leisure Sports Hall with the first two sessions FREE. Starts Thursday 5th March 6:00pm till 7:00pm. Price for members is £3.75 and non-members £5.55. Places are limited so booking is required.
Contact:
Inspire Leisure Centre Reception 
T: 01243 826 612

Ford (Arundel) - Ford Airfield, Rollaston Park, Ford, Arundel, BN18 0HY
Introductory Walking Football Course, Thursday’s 10:00am till 11:00am from 2nd February 2017 for eight weeks. Course is free as it is designed to get people active so is subsidised by Public Health. A qualified Instructor and equipment provided on inside 3G pitch, the instructor will give you the knowledge to develop your technique and skill within this sport. Booking is essential so please use contact details below. For further information visit: http://arun.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/
Contact:
Tom Howell - Wellbeing Activity Coordinator
T: 01903 737945
E: tom.howell@arun.gov.uk

Hastings - Alexandra Park (Multi Use Games Area)
Hastings Borough Council is running sessions for fourteen weeks starting Monday 8th September 2014, 6:00pm till 7:00pm at a cost of £1 per session.
Contact:
Alan Foster
T: 01424 451051

Horsham - The Holbrook Club, North Heath Lane
Warm-up and training exercise followed by 5-a-side game of twenty-minute halves played on the new 3G pitches every Thursday at 10am. After playing, players are welcomed in to the main pavilion for a slice of cake and tea or coffee included in the price. Each session is charged at £5 per person with loyalty point rewards which include a free session after every fifth session.
Contact:
Sami Phillips
T: 01403 751150
E: sami.phillips@theholbrookclub.co.uk

Lancing - Sussex County FA & Impulse Leisure
Sunday mornings: 10.00am - 11.30am at Sussex County FA, Culver Road, Lancing 3G Artificial Turf Pitch.
Thursday evenings: 7.00pm - 8.00pm at the indoor sports hall at Impulse Leisure in Manor Park, North Lancing.
Each session is £3. Visit website: http://lancingwalkingfootball.weebly.com/
Contact:
Andy Brook
T: 07875 627153
E: andy@northlancing.org

Midhurst - Everyone Active The Grange Leisure Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst, GU29 9HD
Sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons 3:30pm till 4:30pm. Each session is £4. Booking is essential via the contact details below.
Contact:
Mark Sills
T: 03330 050398
E: marksills@everyoneactive.com

Seaford - Downs Leisure Centre
Weekly sessions being held each Wednesday morning, beginners 9am till 10am and regulars 10am till 12noon. Please wear non-slip footwear for an indoor sports hall.
Contact:
Becky Allen
T: 01323 490011

Shipley - Renches Lane
Sessions taking place every Tuesday 10:00am till 12:00pm, with tea and a biscuit! The session is outside on grass so appropriate footwear for a grass surface is advisable. Sessions facilitated by Hills Farm Lane Football Club, the sessions are held at: Renches Lane, off the A272, West Chiltington Lane, Near Shipley, West Sussex, RH13 8GB - the postcode is an approximation but watch out for the flags at the end of the lane, the ground is also the home pitch for TD Shipley.
Contact:
Phil Gibbs
T: 07786 070939
E: philipgibbs669@gmail.com

Uckfield - Freedom Leisure, Downsview Crescent, TN22 3DJ
Sessions are held every Thursday from 5:30pm till 6:30pm. They are held in a sports hall so wear non-marking footwear for an indoor sports court. All equipment supplied. So just turn up and play. Bring water and £3.20 entrance fee.
Contact:
Natasha Brown
T: 01825 761160
E: natasha.brown@freedom-leisure.co.uk

Worthing - Worthing Leisure Centre
Coached sessions on Tuesday mornings 10:30am till 11:30am and 11:30am till 12:30pm. Regular six week introductory programmes - Centre Members £2.40, non-members £3.00. Walking Football League, Wednesdays 11.00am till 1.00pm - contact Alan below to enrol.
Visit website: http://www.southdownsleisure.co.uk/adult-classes-sports-activities/football-centre/ 
Contact:
Reception
T: 01903 905050 Option 2
E: WalkingFootball@SouthDownsLeisure.co.uk

For further information or to have someone facilitate an introductory session at your venue or club, please contact Development:

Development
T: 01903 766855
E: Development@SussexFA.com

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