The Third Annual Invitational Walking Soccer Tournament this coming weekend offers competitive and relaxed levels. (Michael Briones photo)

The Third Annual Invitational Walking Soccer Tournament this coming weekend offers competitive and relaxed levels. (Michael Briones photo)

Annual walking soccer tourney offers competitive and relaxed levels for 2022

Event to take place March 5 at Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose Bay

The Third Annual Invitational Walking Soccer Tournament is set to take place March 5 at Arbutus Meadows in Nanoose Bay.

The event will feature two tiers — competitive and relaxed levels. There will be teams coming from Vancouver, Coquitlam, Victoria and from the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association. The games will start at 11 a.m.

Walking soccer has grown in popularity in Parksville Qualicum Beach since it was introduced by PGOSA as one of their recreational activities in 2016. It started with just eight players and now they play year-round.

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“The sport is growing significantly across the province now,” said Rob Jonas, event organizer. “And despite the name walking soccer, the game provides a very nice aerobic workout which even experienced players have found a bit surprising. Players can set their own pace of movement provided one foot is always on the ground.”

To encouraged more participation, Jonas said he decided to open the tournament to relaxed level players.

“Competitive players have many other soccer options but the relaxed level offers former players who have aged out, players with injuries, new knees and hips etc., a chance to participate in an easier version of their beloved game,” he said.

If you would like to try out walking soccer at either competitive or relaxed level of play, contact Jonas at rjonas13@hotmail.com.

“It is the perfect time to come and try it out as our spring and summer sessions are starting at the Parksville Community Park in mid-April,” said Jonas, who added PGOSA registered members play for free.

To become a member, go online at www.pgosa.org. Annual fee is $15.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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