Football Cooperative - A Community-Based Physical Activity Social Intervention for Men: The Development of an Implementation Strategy for Scale Up

  • Carroll, Paula (Principal Investigator)
  • Mc Dermott, Christopher (Team Member)

Project Details


Loneliness is a risk factor for morbidity and mortality of the leading causes of death. It is a common experience among men in Ireland; men are also at an increased risk of COVID-19 related unemployment related isolation, loneliness and suicide. Football Cooperative (FC) provides social ‘pick up football’ games for men aimed at reducing social isolation among men and improving their overall health and wellbeing. Adopting an implementation science approach, the current study proposes to investigate the processes of implementing FC and other such interventions with a view to developing an implementation strategy for scale up nationally and internationally.

Qualitative data will be collected from a variety of sources in order to understand the organisational mechanisms and processes necessary as well as facilitators and barriers to delivering such interventions to scale. In addition, environmental and situational analysis will be conducted with national implementation partners. A draft implementation strategy for replication will be developed and assessed via a modified Delphi study to be reviewed by a panel of experts; the final draft will be completed after this process. The findings from this study may inform the translation of FC to national roll out for population wide benefit in Ireland and beyond.

AcronymFC Games Project: Study 2
Effective start/end date01/09/202231/08/2026


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