Hulme & Moss Side Walking Football ProjectThis is a mixed gender & multi ethnic project, targeted at those who face barriers to engaging in traditional football sessions.
Benefit of exercise
Exercise is beneficial for both physical and mental health. In adults, exercise has a positive impact on numerous chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, whilst in older adults it has been shown to help prevent falls. Physical activity improves mental wellbeing across all ages, including for people with disabilities. Physical activity can also deliver cost savings to the health and care system by reducing preventable illness thus demand on services.
Moss Side Leisure Centre
Buzz Health and Wellbeing Service
Ambition for Ageing
Age Friendly Hulme and Moss Side
This project came from the idea 1 resident had around wanting to set up a walking football group. He voiced this idea through the age-friendly board for Hulme and Moss Side, and this information was then passed through the age friendly board to other residents and also through the buzz team to Aidan Mcilroy who is the Community Sports Officer for GLL which is part of MCR Active.
Working in partnership with the residents, GLL and the local Ambition for Ageing development worker the buzz team fostered the correct environment to support this fledgling idea, and work closely with GLL who are instrumental in facilitating the weekly sessions and supporting with the group’s growth.
The difference this project has made can be seen in the quotes from the group participants:
‘This group gives me chance to socialize, have a laugh and move every part of my body. It does me good’
‘I like getting out and meeting different people’
‘Aidan who instructs the sessions is a pleasant guy, he involves us all in what we’re doing each week’
‘It gets me out of the house and it keeps my heart pumping’
‘it’s helps me to socialize and keep the cobwebs away’
‘I enjoy making a fool of myself trying to play football!’
‘It helps keep by body functioning and in order’
The best thing about this project is it came from one resident, but has generated interest from a mixed range of participants, bringing together neighbours who otherwise may not have connected. Buzz have played an enabling roll within the project, supporting with a small investment for the teams equipment and pulling together existing assets to provide the right support for the project to start up.
Project members have been doing promotion within their communities, whilst GLL and buzz have been promoting the project through organisations who may want to refer their clients into the sessions. GLL have also done direct engagement with local charities who support residents with conditions which can affect motor neuron function, as walking football can help to improve people’s motor skills.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Helping people live healthier lives
Increased mental wellbeing
Reducing avoidable illness/death
Helping people age well
Department of Health and Social Care (2019) - UK Chief Medical Officers' Physical Activity Guidelines 2019
Public Health England (2016) - Health matters: getting every adult active every day
Public Health England (2018) - Physical activity for general health benefits in disabled adults:
Sherrington C, Fairhall NJ, Wallbank GK, Tiedemann A, Michaleff ZA, Howard K, Clemson L, Hopewell S, Lamb SE. (2019) Exercise for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD012424.
Sport England (2017) - Review of evidence of the outcomes for sport and physical activity: A rapid evidence review.
Yasmin Holgeth - Neighbourhood Health Worker
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