Moving Forces

Moving Forces helps military veterans, families and serving personnel to stay physically active by connecting them to fun, relaxed and sociable activities online and all over Greater Manchester.

Over 300 veterans, including 280 full members, have engaged with the Moving Forces programme since its launch in September 2018. Many family members of veterans have also benefited from the activities on offer. As the delivery stage of the project winds down in 2021, we are dedicated to developing and sharing the learning from the past 3 years with trusted partners. 

The programme started in Tameside and then reached out across Greater Manchester. During lockdown, we created an online offer which can be accessed by any member of the armed forces community across the United Kingdom - right from their homes! 

Awards

Finalist for the 2020 Endeavour Fund Awards for their ‘Community Award’ and also for the ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing Award’ at both the 2020 and 2021 Community Sport & Recreation Awards.

Manchester Met University PhD Research

Moving Forces runs alongside a PhD programme commissioned by Manchester Met University. The lead researcher, Rebecca O'Hanlon, takes part in our sessions and draws data from there. This research project is investigating how the delivery of a 3-year sport and physical activity programme impacts on the transition of veterans from the military to civilian life in Greater Manchester.

For a breakdown of the PhD and how this effects members, please see this document

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GreaterSport launch Connect programme to support veterans wellbeing

By GreaterSport | 03 August 2021

GreaterSport have today launched the Moving Forces Connect programme, a new programme for veterans to help support building better mental and physical wellbeing into their lives.

Moving Forces funding comes to an end but is leaving a legacy in Greater Manchester

By GreaterSport | 25 June 2021

Moving Forces pilot programme has been supporting veterans in Greater Mancheter to get moving for nearly three years.

Funding available to support veterans to move more

By GreaterSport | 14 May 2021

Funding has become available to set up and deliver sustainable physical activity opportunities for veterans and their families