Physical Activity Hub

Welcome to the Physical Activity Hub! We’ll be using this Hub to share articles and resources that might be of interest to you, as well as to host information about Age UK’s current physical activity programmes, including Walking Football and the Tackling Inequalities Fund.

If you have any questions about the information on this Hub, please contact: walkingfootball@ageuk.org.uk.


Latest Physical Activity News

Take a look at all the latest news and actions from Age UK’s physical activity projects:
This Girl Can Campaign Seeks Instructors
Jun 27, 20222 min read
The This Girl Can campaign is seeking instructors to lead their classes. If you would be interested in becoming an instructor, you can find all the details you need below.
Stronger My Way | Physical Activity Resources
Jun 16, 20221 min read
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has released a series of resources for organisations that support people living with health conditions to perform strengthening activities.
Five falls prevention resources to help older adults become more active
Jun 14, 20221 min read
Access the five resources from The National Falls Prevention Co-ordination Group to help older adults to become more active and recondition following activity restrictions in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Physical Activity Programmes

Find out the latest information on our Physical Activity Programmes, including Walking Football and the Tackling Inequalities Fund.

Walking Football

Working in partnership with the FA and Sport England, this new programme aims to reach over 1,000 older people by setting up Walking Football groups in communities across England over the next two years.

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We know that participating in physical activity is beneficial for our physical and mental wellbeing, and Walking Football is a great way of offering older people the opportunity to participate in something that is safe, fun, and sociable.

Running from November 2020 to October 2022, local Age UKs will be funded by the partnership with The FA and Sport England to run sessions specifically for older people. The programme will be delivered across two ‘cohorts’, with the first cohort of 25 local Age UKs ‘kicking off’ in April 2021. Funding to be part of the second cohort will be available in the Autumn of 2021.

If you would like to know any further information, please contact Peter Dutton, Project Manager on peter.dutton@ageuk.org.uk or the Walking Football Inbox on walkingfootball@ageuk.org.uk.

Tackling Inequalities Fund

The Tackling Inequalities Fund (TIF) is a £20 million programme funded by Sport England that was established in 2020 to help to tackle rising inactivity levels and inequalities exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19.

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Sport England appointed a range of National Partners to deliver the TIF programme, including the network of 43 Active Partnerships, Versus Arthritis, Royal Yachting Association and Canal & River Trust. Most of these have operated an open grant programme, distributing funds to a wide range of organisations, many of whom have not previously received Sport England funding. Over twenty-five local Age UKs have already received TIF funding.

Age UK became a National Partner in April 2021 and has been distributing a £225,000 programme of grants to local Age UK partners across England to assist them in developing physical activities for older people to encourage them to become more active.

The key target groups are:

  • People with long term health conditions
  • People with a disability
  • Ethnic minority groups
  • People from Lower Socio-Economic Groups

Other Physical Activity Programmes and Resources

Here are some additional physical activity resources you may find useful:

We Are Undefeatable

“We Are Undefeatable” is a movement supporting people with a range of long term health conditions. They have a website full of guidance and resources for organisations and individuals to use.

The Richmond Group

The Richmond Group of Charities has established a physical activity coalition “Movement for All”, which is a hub for knowledge sharing; testing approaches to physical activity. 

Age UK Website

Age UK’s website also has lots of guidance and resources on getting active, including ways to support people to live an active life.