STILL PLAYING FOR KICKS

OCTOBER 2019

RiverWoods Exeter, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, and Seacoast United Sports Club are thrilled to announce the launch of an 8-week Walking Soccer pilot program at the Seacoast United Sports Complex located in Epping, NH which will coincide with the start of Seacoast United’s indoor season. 

Walking Soccer was originally founded in the United Kingdom and was officially formed by Chesterfield Football Club Community Trust in 2011. The game really came to the fold in 2017 after several other clubs supported it including Seacoast United’s partners Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club. Walking Soccer stays very true to the traditional game of soccer with the key difference being that players cannot run during the game. If a player is running the opposition is awarded a free kick.

Walking Soccer provides many benefits to the active aging population, from promoting a healthy lifestyle to overall mental well-being by encouraging social engagement and camaraderie. Several studies from the UK have shown that Walking Soccer has helped to combat dementia and other mental diseases associated with age.)

“The participants kicked, dribbled, scored, and even headed the ball. It was a wonderful sight to see!”, exclaimed RiverWoods Fitness Manager Heidi Savage. “Walking Soccer certainly helps promote movement in a variety of speeds and intensities which is so valuable. The reactive strategies needed to play the game benefit players on and off the field. They are looking forward to playing at Seacoast United this fall.“

If you are interested in getting involved with Walking Soccer, please email James Peterson at jpeterson@seacoastunited.com