Local implementation of national policy: a case-study critique of the Free Swimming Initiative for the 60 plus population
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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. This 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) an evidence gap and (iv) disjointed multiple aims.
Anderson, M., Bolton, N., Davies, B. and Fleming, S. (2014) 'Local implementation of national policy: a case-study critique of the Free Swimming Initiative for the 60 plus population', Managing Leisure, 19(2), pp.151-165
This article was published in Managing Leisure on 11 December 2013 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2013.859456
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