6-0! Recreational Football for Health in older adults

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Conference / Exhibition

Monday 07 June 2021

01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Location

Online

Cost

Free

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Event details

Whilst walking football has taken the UK by storm and helped to get an aging population moving, walking is not always demanding enough to yield the desired physical and mental health benefits. Researchers from Coventry University have led a project to build upon this model, adapting mobility into physical activity and allowing capable participants to be more active and run, whilst ensuring that this social activity is safe.

In this webinar, researcher from the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS) will share their experiences and findings from the Erasmus Sport+ funded project ‘6-0! Promoting health through recreational football’, which aimed to examine the effects of running recreational football for health on older adult health and well-being.

The objective of this session is to facilitate knowledge exchange on the effects of recreational football for health in older adults and how stakeholders can apply the lessons learned from the ‘6-0! project’ into their own practice.

The session will be guided by the following questions:

  • How safe is recreational football for older adults to undertake?
  • What is the physical demand for an older adult undertaking recreational football for health?
  • How beneficial is recreational football for health on physical function and mobility?
  • How does recreational football for health promote well-being and social cohesion in an older adult population?

Agenda

Time Activity Presenter
13.00-13.05 Welcome and introduction Professor Mike Duncan
13.05-13.20 How safe is recreational football for older adults to undertake? Professor Mike Duncan
13.20-13.35 What is the physical demand for an older adult undertaking recreational football for health? Miss Sophie Mowle
13.35-13.50 How beneficial is recreational football for health on physical function and mobility? Dr Neil Clarke
13.50-14.05 How does recreational football for health promote well-being and social cohesion in an older adult population? Miss Sophie Mowle
14.05-14.15 Comfort break  
14.15-14.25 Q&A on practicalities and pitfalls in running recreational football for health for older adults in community settings  
14.25-14.45 Roundtable with older adults who participated in the programme: an opportunity to hear from the participants themselves Dr Mark Noon
14.45-14.50 Next steps in progressing recreational football for health Professor Mike Duncan
14.50 Thank you and closing Professor Mike Duncan

About the presenters

Professor Mike Duncan

Professor Mike Duncan

BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with research interests in the field of children, physical activity, exercise and obesity.

As of July 2020 he has published over 260 peer reviewed journal papers, 20 books or chapters in edited books and over 300 conference presentations. He is a member of the European College of Sports Science, International Motor Development Research Consortium, a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and is a Chartered Scientists with the Science Council. He has experience in working with elite athletes in prescribing exercise programmes and evaluating performance and also has worked extensively with community groups on topics such as physical activity interventions in children and adolescents and the effects of nutritional manipulation on cognitive and functional performance in older adults.

Dr Neil Clarke

Dr Neil Clarke

Course director for the MSc in Sports and Exercise Nutrition at Coventry University.

Neil is also an accredited Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and holds Chartered Scientist status with the Science Council. He has 20 years’ experience working with elite and recreational athletes, as well as commercial companies. His areas of expertise and research focus include the effect of nutrition and physiological responses to intermittent activity, with a focus on football and has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Miss Sophie Mowle

Miss Sophie Mowle

PhD student in the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences at Coventry University.

Sophie's PhD explores the beneficial effects of recreational football for health in adults over 60 years of age. Alongside her research, Sophie is also a Postgraduate Research Officer, representing all of the students undertaking research-based degrees at Coventry University. This includes all matters regarding education, activities and welfare.

Dr Mark Noon

Dr Mark Noon

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science.

His areas of expertise and research focus include athletic performance, monitoring training load and long term athletic development. Mark completed his Ph.D. in 2017 in ‘the utility of well-being and performance assessments in managing the development of elite youth football players. Prior to his role at Coventry University Mark worked in industry for 10 years. He is a Chartered Scientist, a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, an accredited strength and conditioning coach and a UEFA A license coach (Accredited level 4 coach). Mark’s previous employment includes sport science and coaching roles in football at international, professional and semi-professional levels. In addition, Mark has coached at several semi-professional football clubs including Brackley Town Football Club and Nuneaton Town Football Club.

Is this event for you?

This webinar is open to everybody; however, the content will be primarily aimed towards stakeholders focused on providing opportunities to enhance health through sport and physical activity. This includes local government personnel with remit for health, physical activity, sport and leisure services, community sport providers, sports coaches, football associations, small to medium sized enterprises working in the sport and physical activity sectors and those working in public health and health promotion.