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Helping older people to keep active

Barnet-exercise-class-1200x383.jpgWe offer opportunities for older people to take part in physical activity that helps them stay active in ways that suits their needs and abilities. Often the activities we run also provide the opportunity to meet new people and form new friendships.

Why we offer physical activity opportunities

Physical activity is good for us, both in terms of our physical and mental health. However, as we get older, our activity levels often decrease. That may be due to a long-term health condition, or practical, financial or emotional reasons – for example, not being able to get to an exercise class or worrying about falling.

Providing opportunities for older people to be active that are fun and accessible is important and can help to maintain independence, prevent ill health, reduce loneliness, and improve wellbeing.

Current programmes

Walking Tennis

Walking Tennis is a slower version of the traditional game – but just as much fun.

It's great for the mind as well as the body and is a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy being part of a team.

Find out more

Being active as you get older

It's a myth that getting older means an end to being active. We can help you to keep moving, whatever your age.

Past programmes


Walking Football

The Football Association, Sport England and Age UK ran a walking football programme, with the goal of reaching more than 1,000 older people in communities across England. Learn more.

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Tackling Inequalities Fund

This programme was funded by Sport England and aimed to help reduce the negative impact of Coronavirus and the widening of the inequalities in taking part in sports and physical activity. Learn more.


One step at a time

Working with Sport England and the Richmond Group of charities, this research project explored how best to help people become more active in later life by understanding their experiences, attitudes and opinions towards physical activity. Learn more.

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Fit as a Fiddle

This nationwide programme championed physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing for older people. Over 350,000 older people and 4,500 volunteers participated in activities throughout the programme. Learn more.

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Get Active, Feel Great

Funded by the Morrisons Foundation, this project trained 115 volunteers to deliver a wide range of physical activities. 



Get Going Together

Get Going Together was a three-year programme commencing in October 2013 which aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of older people with long-term conditions. Learn more.

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Last updated: Apr 26 2024

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