Walking football: experiences of local Age UKs delivering it for the first time: a qualitative evaluation

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Reports on a qualitative evaluation of a project aimed at supporting seven local Age UK local partners to begin offering Walking Football in their local area. The evaluation looked at whether local Age UKs found the support they received from national Age UK helpful; if they were able to develop successful delivery models and key factors for successful delivery; and whether the models of delivery models were sustainable. It involved analysis of monitoring data; interviews with six local Age UKs delivering the project; and interviews with five older people participating in the activity. The results of the evaluation found that five of the local Age UKs successfully delivered Walking Football activities, with all seven aiming to continue activity beyond funding period. Key factors for successful delivery included: raising awareness amongst older people; complementing existing provision; prioritising the enjoyment of participants; working to become self-sustaining by keeping costs low and charging; and having high quality coaches and good facilities. (Edited publisher abstract)

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older people, physical exercise, evaluation, social activities, leisure activities, user views, models;
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United Kingdom
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