NSW seniors walking back into sport
More sporting clubs in NSW are joining the Modified Sport Program for seniors.
Walking basketball, walking soccer, teeball and “Live Long Play Ping Pong” table tennis are some of the low-impact versions of popular sports encouraging seniors to get active.
Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the Modified Sport Program opens up opportunities for seniors to get out, build confidence and make new social connections in their communities.
“Participating in sport helps people lead healthy, active and happy lives. Unfortunately, as people get older the opportunities to engage in physical activity can often decrease,” Mrs Davies said.
Since May 2017, the NSW Government has provided $200,000 to six sporting codes to implement modified sporting programs for NSW seniors.
Spokesperson for the Modified Sport Program Matt Rippon said the success of the Walking Football program in Sydney has meant they can now expand the modified game into regional areas.