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Age UK Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire FA form a partnership to engage older people in football

Older gentlemen taking part in walking football

Published on 22 September 2023 08:20 AM

Age UK Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire FA form partnership to engage older people in football

Our new partnership with Oxfordshire FA will see us work closely together to grow and develop opportunities for people aged 50+ in football.

We are proud to announce a new partnership between Age UK Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire FA.

Our aim is to use this link to promote football opportunities to older people across the county, as well as raising awareness of the support and services available to them from Age UK Oxfordshire.

We are looking forward to engaging new audiences and seeing them become part of the football community, whether this be walking football or 11-a-side for the over 50s.

Football brings benefits to both mental and physical health, and Age UK Oxfordshire’s Community Link Workers will highlight walking football opportunities to individuals they are supporting.

In addition to this, Age UK Oxfordshire will also be providing funds to launch a pilot of playing opportunities for the over 70s in partnership with the Oxfordshire Walking Football League.

Michael Thurlow, Football Development Manager at Oxfordshire FA, said: “This exciting partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire will help us connect with new audiences and increase the number of older people participating in grassroots football across our county, ensuring they get the physical and mental support older people often miss out on.”

Age UK Oxfordshire's Head of Physical Activity, Jason O'Callaghan, added: “Age UK Oxfordshire is excited to partner with Oxfordshire FA to further develop walking football across the county and support more older people to age healthily.

“Alongside the physical benefits of being active, walking football provides a great opportunity to have fun, socialise and feel part of your local community. We know this contributes to improved confidence and wellbeing that enables older people to live independently for longer.”


To discover walking football opportunities near you, please click here

For more information, please contact Michael Thurlow, Football Development Manager via or Jason O’Callaghan, Head of Physical Activity via


(Photo credit to Oxfordshire FA)