Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games seeks local heroes to be Batonbearers

The organisers of the Commonwealth Games are seeking local heroes to be Batonbearers in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony.

This year, the Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham from the 28th July to the 8th August. In the lead up to the event, the Queen’s Baton Relay will travel to every region in England, before arriving at the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The organisers are seeking 2,022 Batonbearers, each with inspiring stories, to take on the special experience of carrying the Queen’s Baton through England in summer 2022. If you would be interested in nominating someone for this opportunity, or sharing the details with your networks, you can find out full details on the Commonwealth Games website.

Sport England Announce Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund

Sport England’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity to tackle inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.

Sport England want to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year by supporting projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity as a means of bringing a community together and tackling inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding. If you would be interested in applying for this funding, you can find out full details on the Sport England website.

“Start with… parkrun” – New physical activity initiative

Find out all about the new “Start with… parkrun” initiative, including access to some resources to help spread the word.

‘Start with… parkrun’ is a new initiative aimed at anyone thinking about taking their first steps into physical activity, returning from a break, wanting to inspire a friend, or just simply get out in the great outdoors. Find out more about it below, including some resources to spread the word amongst those you work with.

‘Start with… parkrun’ celebrates all the gentler routes into weekend community events – encouraging people to come along as walkers, volunteers, spectators, or simply to just spend time with friends and be social in the fresh air. It’s a chance to try something new, in a safe and inclusive environment. Find out more details about ‘Start with… parkrun’ here.

parkruns are free, weekly, community events for people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and walks of life. Saturday events are 5k, and there is a 2k event series on a Sunday morning for children aged 4-14 years and their families. More than 150,000 people take part all around the world, every weekend, as walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers. There are parkruns at more than 2,200 locations, in 23 different countries.

Help to spread the word!

If you have time, parkrun would love it if you could help spread the word. For free, inclusive physical activity opportunities to offer your audience, parkrun is a great place to signpost them to. You can find the gif, and other Start with… parkrun assets in this library along with some additional information here. parkrun also have a bank of fun and welcoming, hi-res imagery here which you can use in any of your communications, using the hashtag #loveparkrun.

There is also some suggested social media wording that you can pair with the photos above if you wish:

Looking for a way to build healthy habits into the new year and beyond? Start with… parkrun!

parkruns are free, friendly community events held every weekend, and you can take part however you like!

For more info visit


New guidance on the benefits of physical activity for those living with long-term conditions

The British Journal of Sports Medicine has published a consensus statement on the benefits of physical activity for those living with long-term conditions. View the guidance along with some useful infographics below.

A review of the evidence about the risks of physical activity has led to new guidance to support health care professionals to have evidence-based conversations with people with long-term conditions, to empower them to gain the benefits from moving more. The key message is that the risk of adverse events when getting active is low. Find out about the guidance below, including some infographics to help spread the word.

The benefits of physical activity for people living with long-term conditions are well established. Through campaigns such as ‘We Are Undefeatable’, we know that the fear of increasing symptoms or worsening long-term problems commonly stops people from moving more. In fact, people living with long term conditions are twice as likely to be inactive.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine recently published new guidance in a consensus statement, making clear that the benefits of being active outweigh the risks for those living with long-term conditions. This comprises a series of statements about medical risks drawn up by the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK, Sport England, Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England) and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The key message is that the risk of adverse events when getting active is low, and that physical activity is safe, even for people with multiple long term conditions. Regular physical activity, in combination with standard medical care, has an important role to play in the treatment and prevention of many conditions.

The statements can be found on the Moving Medicine website, here: Risks from physical activity – Moving Medicine.

How you can help to spread the word

If you have time and would like to help to spread the word, you can use the assets below to share the statements through your local networks and social media channels, or use them in conversations with those you support.

The graphics for social media posts can be found here: Risk consensus statement graphics – Moving Medicine

An infographic of the statements can be downloaded as a two-page PDF here: Risk Consensus Statements Infographic

“We Are Undefeatable” charities release “Make Your Move” video series

The charities behind the “We Are Undefeatable” campaign have produced a set of videos aimed at people living with long term conditions, to support them to be more active.

The Richmond Group of Charities’ physical activity coalition – Movement for All – has developed a new physical activity DVD/online video series “Make Your Move”, which is aimed at people living with multiple long term health conditions. Working with the wider partnership behind the award-winning “We Are Undefeatable” campaign and a team of expert instructors, the sessions have been specially designed for people who may experience symptoms such as fatigue, pain, stiffness and low mood. Find out all about the campaign below, including how you can access the videos and some assets to help to spread the word.

The series – Make Your Move – aims to support people to be active at home and is available on DVD and on YouTube. The charities involved hope the DVD and online videos will motivate people to be active in a way that works for them, using simple and varied instructed activities that are designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and energy and reduce stress, and are suitable for a variety of activity levels. The project is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.

What Video Sessions are Available?

There are 6 different physical activity sessions, each around 15 minutes long with a chance to take pauses throughout, and no specialist equipment needed.  The sessions are:

  1. Dance with Anne
  2. Energy with Alex
  3. Balance with Sandra
  4. Strength with Alex
  5. Boxing with Michelle
  6. Mindfulness with Sandra

Each one can be tried independently of the others, in any order. No experience or knowledge of a specific activity is needed.

Developed by experienced instructors, the videos offer three different ways of doing the exercises – from a chair, assisted and standing, and have an introduction from Dr Andrew Boyd, GP and Clinical Champion for Physical Activity.    

They focus on ensuring the audience are being mindful of the day-to-day fluctuations in symptoms and therefore their ability to perform the activities. The sessions are accompanied by appropriate safety messages, instructions and signposting to more information and support. 

How to get involved

If you have time and would like to spread the word about the series, you can find a full suite of assets for you to use below, including social media cuts, key messages, newsletter copy and images:

Click here to view all promotion assets for the campaign 

What you can do:

  • Use the hashtag #MakeYourMove along with #WeAreUndefeatable to share the social media assets linked above on any channels
  • Look out for posts from @weareundefeatable and share them too
  • Send out the video content to your audiences via any channel 

Thank you! Movement for All are very grateful for any support in launching these videos.


If you have any questions, or would like to order copies of the Make Your Move DVD, please contact

We Are Undefeatable Learning Event – Working Together Locally to Support People with Long-term Health Conditions

The We Are Undefeatable Campaign are hosting a learning event to share how 10 local authority areas have worked with their local systems to support people with long-term health conditions.

Over the past 2 years, 10 local authority areas have adopted a wide range of approaches to the We Are Undefeatable campaign, supporting their local systems to help change the behaviour of inactive adults living with long-term health conditions. Each of the leaders in these areas are now ready to share what they’ve learnt about building relationships with health and social care partners, local campaigning, ambassador programmes, developing new physical activity offerings and much more. Read on to find out more, or click here to book your place at some of the sessions over a 3-day period, 23rd-25th November 2021.

If you have an interest in this subject or place-based learning, join the We Are Undefeatable learning event to hear about what each area has been doing. The focus will be on what’s worked well but also what some of the challenges have been and how they have navigated these.

The learning event consists of a series of short online sessions over a 3-day period, 23rd-25th November 2021. You can join as many sessions as you like or watch the recordings later.

View the full programme and register for the sessions you’re interested in by clicking the link below.

For any enquiries contact:

The Together Fund – Survey to gauge interest in physical activity funding

We’ve set up a quick survey to gauge Network interest in a new set of physical activity funding from The Together Fund. Find out all about the fund below, along with the link to the survey.

We are looking to gauge interest in a new round of funding to the network through the Tackling Inequalities Fund – now called The Together Fund. Age UK is a National Partner in the Sport England-funded programme and since July 2021 has supported 37 local Age UK partners with 41 grants averaging £4.5k each to provide opportunities for older people to take part in physical activity. Plus, an additional 20 local partners have received TIF funding from other National Partners including Active Partnerships and Versus Arthritis. Find out more about the Together Fund below and please let us know if you would be interested in this funding via this quick survey.

The Together Fund will see additional funding committed to help the four groups that, from Sport England research, are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and experiencing significant falls in their levels of physical activity: people with long term health conditions, those from lower socio-economic groups, those from culturally diverse communities and those living with a disability. We also know from Age UK’s research that physical activity levels in older people have significantly decreased.

Eligible projects which could be funded include; physical activity sessions and games for people attending day care centres, staff and volunteer training, chair based exercise, yoga and tai chi classes, strong and steady sessions, small items of equipment, walking groups, dancing classes and any activities that will lead to an increase in physical activity levels in older people.  

We would be very grateful if you could fill in the Together Fund survey so we can find out if there is sufficient interest to apply for funding from Sport England for this new programme. The survey is open until 1st December.

Please be aware this form is only intended to determine the general interest for this opportunity, and your answers do not commit you to anything.

You may also be interested in recent Funding & Grants news:

SEIB Giving – Competition from SEIB Insurance Brokers
2022 will be the fifth year of the SEIB Giving campaign that gives small to medium sized charities the opportunity to win up to £12,000 in funding.
Sport England Announce Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
Sport England's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity to tackle inequalities via awards of between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.
Reminder – Survey on new programme funding
A reminder that Age UK's Wellbeing Department have created a short survey to find out how to ensure future funded programmes are as beneficial to the Age UK Network as possible.
Local Statistics Tool “LG Inform” – Survey on usefulness to Partners
With the contract for the local statistics tool "LG Inform" up for renewal, Age UK is running a survey to hear from Partners whether LG Inform is useful or not.
New funding available for councils in areas with low vaccine uptake
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the Community Vaccines Champion scheme. Find out all about the scheme here.
Seeking your input on Loneliness Funding from the Department for Transport
Age UK is considering applying for funding from the Department for Transport which would enable us to distribute grants across the Age UK network. We are seeking thoughts from the network as to where we should focus our application.

Physical Activity Digital Marketing Hub

CIMPSA and Sport England are launching a new ‘Digital Marketing Hub’ on September 14th, with a wealth of on demand content including expert-led video lessons, toolkits, templates, webinars and walkthroughs.

CIMPSA and Sport England have developed a ‘Digital Marketing Hub’, a new resource to help sports clubs, groups and larger organisations use digital marketing to encourage more people to be physically active. It contains a wealth of resources including expert-led video lessons, toolkits, templates, webinars and walkthroughs. All of the content is on-demand, meaning participants can curate their own training, scheduling and focus on the areas most valuable to them. The Hub will launch on September 14th with a webinar hosted by BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey. Full details can be found here.

National Fitness Day 2021 – Wednesday 22 September

This year’s National Fitness Day 2021 will take place on Wednesday 22 September. Find out how you can get involved below.

ukactive has announced that National Fitness Day 2021 will take place on Wednesday 22 September. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the campaign, which for the past decade has helped millions of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to find or rediscover a fitness activity they love. The theme for 2021 is ‘Fitness Unites Us’ and the day will see thousands of free and inclusive events available for anyone to try – both in person and virtually – thanks to gyms, pools, leisure centres and other sports providers across the UK. Find out how you can get involved on the National Fitness Day website.

Walking Football Programme – Final Round of Funding Now Available

We are delighted to announce that applications for the final round of grant funding for our Walking Football Programme are now open.

We are delighted to launch the second and final round of funding for The Age UK Walking Football Programme, in partnership with the Football Association and Sport England, with 42 grants of £2,500 funded by the Football Association and 19 grants of up to £10,000 funded by Sport England now available. The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 13th September 2021. Read on for further details, or access the grant application form, guidance and budget documents on The Loop here.

Walking football is a slower version of the game and has become increasingly popular in recent years, designed to help people get fit or maintain an active lifestyle no matter what their age and fitness levels or experience of playing the game.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in older people’s physical activity levels which has preceded to a reduction in one’s ability to do day-to-day activities, joint and muscle pain, and had a negative impact on mental health. It is essential that we support older people to regain their confidence, restore fitness, and improve their mental well-being; walking football is a great opportunity to do that in a way that is safe, fun and inclusive way for older people.

Grassroots football returned in April 2021 which allowed us to re-launch the programme with 24 local Age UKs setting up 42 new walking football groups that began delivery this Summer. All groups followed FA and Government guidance as the Nation followed the steps in the COVID-19 Roadmap. We want to reassure all partners that the delivery of this programme has the health and safety of older people at the forefront of all delivery. With all restrictions now eased, we hope that older people will continue to be encouraged to take part in physical activities as has been shown already in our early walking football sessions.

Applications for funding will be welcomed from local Age UKs in England; whether you want to start up new sessions in your area or already have existing walking football sessions and want to create new groups to expand provision.

Next steps

The grant application form, guidance and budget documents can be found on The Loop here. We’ve already received a number of ‘expressions of interest’ from local partners since the programme was launched, and we look forward to receiving applications for funding about this opportunity. If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact

The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 13th September 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact

Upcoming Webinar

We are hosting a webinar on Thursday 2nd September 2021 for you to come along and find out more about The Age UK Walking Football Programme, we will be giving an overview of the programme and answering any questions you may have ahead of applying for funding. Please access the webinar by using this Microsoft Teams Link.

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Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at for more information.