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Local implementation of national policy – A case-study critique of the Free Swimming Initiative for the 60+ population

Anderson, M. and Bolton, N. and Davies, B. and Fleming, S. (2013) Local implementation of national policy – A case-study critique of the Free Swimming Initiative for the 60+ population. Managing Leisure, 19 (2). pp. 151-165. ISSN 1360-6719

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2013.859456

Abstract

There is a well-established link between ageing and declining health, and this is exacerbated in areas of socio-economic deprivation. Being physically active can alleviate many of the major health problems for older people, yet participation in this demographic category remains low. The present study is part of a larger programme of research concerned with a major national public health intervention, the Free Swimming Initiative. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to address local implementation of the national policy imperative in Wales and explored the views of non-users (n=20) and community leisure providers (n=7). The research was based in Abertillery – a traditional mining town in the South Wales Valleys with higher than average levels of social deprivation. Findings revealed a series of weaknesses in the delivery of this public policy intervention. They are (i) a lack of partnership infrastructure, (ii) insufficient participant involvement, (iii) evidence gap, and (iv) disjointed multiple aims.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2013 Taylor & Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Managing Leisure. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Scott Fleming
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 14:22
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2018 14:22
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/285

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