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If you work 9 to 5, getting out on the field for a game of soccer during your lunch break might seem like a stretch... Until now.

"Before I get here, I'm usually excited to play and feeling tense, pent up," said soccer player Jeremy Mckittrick.

Recess is the startup company serving up another option for lunch -- and on Tuesday local professionals stopped by The Edge Sports and Fitness Center in Williston for a quick game of soccer. "No matter what your athletic ability is, it's sort of a great way for people who might normally be intimidated to join a full length soccer game. We sort of welcome everyone with open arms," said Ward Wolff, Recess' Co-founder.

"I get back to work and it's like I just got in in the morning -- and I can think again, it's great," said soccer player Andrew Potter.

Alex Consalvo came up with the idea in 2009 after graduating from Middlebury College. He launched the program last September -- Wolff soon jumped on board. The two now have a sponsor who provides equipment and uniforms. "Me and Ward were on the fence about where we wanted to grow this thing and Burlington has really embraced us and we're super excited to be here and to be growing," Consalvo said.

The cost per game is $5. Tuesday, 14 players showed up -- plus an additional first time soccer player. But no matter your skill level, it's all in good fun. "I think it's great exercise. It's also a great way to meet people you know -- see people from outside your company, and I just really like it to do something other than stuffing your face at lunch," Mckittrick said.

It's not just soccer that Recess is hosting. You can also play football, pickleball or Frisbee. Next on the list --- rock climbing -- and it's all in one hour on your lunch break.

"It's been really fun -- it's great to get out in the middle of the day," Potter said.

After the game the team takes a quick photo. Then it's off to the showers and back to work, until the next break for Recess.

The founders of Recess are working with other organizations throughout Burlington to set up more lunchtime games -- you can sign up here.

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