This video walks through the process of completing an Age UK Walking Football application. There is written guidance below if you prefer.
This 10-step process will take you through the flow of creating an application for an Age UK Walking Football provider. This is what you would need to follow if you wanted to set up a new Age UK Walking Football provider in your area for people over the age of 50 who want to partake in some casual recreational football at a slower pace.
Before anything else of course, you must firstly have logged in or created an account on the FA Events Platform, and once you've done so, go to the 'Applications' tab on the left-hand side of the screen. Click to start a new application by pressing 'Create Application' to the far-right of the screen, and we're off!
2. The next section is information about you, the main organiser/applicant. Simply fill in all your personal details here including your date of birth, home address, email address and phone number. Let's move on!
3. Following on from your details are your new intended provider's details. This is where you can input what the provider is called, where it is, its address and contact information, and what County FA it comes under. This may or may not be at the address where delivery is eventually held - something you can tick or un-tick at the bottom. Onward!
4. Almost halfway through already? It's easy this application lark - and this little section is the easiest of the lot. The first three answers are filled in for you and are unchangeable, due to being the specific programme requirements. The only thing you need to tell us here is if your Age UK Walking Football delivery is linked to a local football club. If it is, tell us which one!
5. Next up are some further details about your provider. From the three boxes at the top, choose whether your provider will be male only, female only or mixed participation. After that, confirm whether it is going to be a disability-specific centre - and choose which disability your sessions will accommodate for if so. The next two questions about if you are a Walking Football provider as part of a Turn Up and Play Activity are automatically pre-selected with their answers, so you won't need to do anything on those.
Then, determine the minimum and maximum age a participant has to be between in order to take part in your future sessions. For a slower version of the game, 50 is the minimum age and 100 is the maximum age. Also, choose how many booking places you are going to offer - and 16 is the minimum amount of places here. Input how much are you going to charge per session to participants too. Cost per session needs to be no more than £5, however, you can charge more if you feel like you have to. You'll need to speak to your County FA about this and explain why though.
6. In at number six are the start and end dates in addition to the day(s) you will run your future sessions. Choose a start date here at some point in the future, and as the Walking Football delivery window is usually all year round, choose your appropriate period of time. Remember that you will need to deliver 32 weeks' worth of sessions in the year you apply for, so consider this when selecting your dates, then just tell us which day you're thinking of. If you pick two or more days, you will be expected to deliver sessions on those days every week between your start and end dates. Next!
7.Pick your venue! Start typing your venue name or postcode into the box and hit 'Find Venue'. It should bring up a list of those nearby so select the desired one you're going to use for your sessions. Once chosen, this should automatically pre-select the right County FA underneath - but do change this if not correct. Move down and fill in details about this venue, such as the facility type, pitch type and number of pitches. If you require two venues (perhaps a summer and a winter one), simply click 'Add New Venue' and do the same again.
8. Put down who is going to be the organiser/coach of the centre. If you are the person completing the application and are going to be the organiser/coach of the sessions, tick 'I Am The Coach For The Programme' and then fill in any details underneath if needed. If you're not going to be the coach but someone else is, then insert that person's FAN into the box, or if you don't know their FAN, ask for the details required in the boxes following. This should then pull through all their information below and tell you if they are verified to meet the coaching criteria outlined at the top of this page of the application. If you plan on having two or more coaches, the option to 'Add Another Coach' and 'Remove' a coach listed are there at the bottom for you to press if necessary.
9. The final page will show you a summary of everything you have filled in, and you have the chance to go back and edit any section using the pencil icons next to the specific information. Anything highlighted in red will need some attention so look out for that. This could include things like unqualified staff delivering or a part of the application that hasn't been filled in.
10. If you're happy with everything, all the criteria is met, your venue is expecting you, and you're ready to host some walking football - go ahead and confirm your application at the bottom of the summary page! This will go straight through to the County FA which you put down within the application who will then review what you've written and give you a response. They will either approve it, reject it, or send it back to you for any clarifications they need.
Once approved, you've applied! Now you're good to go and create your event.