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.
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 Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk
The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday 13th September 2021.
If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk.
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.
Please get in touch with Peter Dutton at Peter.Dutton@ageuk.org.uk for more information.