Walking football sessions to be held in Seaford

If you thought your footballing days were over, or you thought you were too old to start, think again.

A new programme is now available for residents in Seaford and the surrounding areas who are aged over 50 and want to get involved in the beautiful game.

Walking Football is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the over 50s designed to help people keep an active lifestyle irrespective of age.

As well as simply getting back to playing football, it is also a great way to meet like-minded people.

Walking Football is offered at the Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, Seaford, on Wednesday mornings between 10am and noon, and is open for everyone aged over 50. The sessions cost £2.

There are no skills required and it is paced to the slowest person in the group – running is not allowed. Neither is body contact or sliding tackles. The sessions are structured around a warm up, basic ball skills, a 20 minute game and a warm down.

Volunteer Walking Football coach, Dick Plowman said: “I am a retired frustrated footballer myself. We are running these sessions to help and encourage all over 50s to be active; and to offer a session for all frustrated footballers. It really does encapsulate fun, fitness and friendship.”

The group relaxes after the session by meeting in the cafe for coffee.

To attend the Walking Football, contact Downs Leisure Centre on 01323 490011 or visit the Wave Leisure Facebook page.