The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Author: Bridget Cushen

The Churchill Fellowship awards a grant to enable students etc. to study a particular subject abroad, and in collaboration with UK Active have this year included a new category, open to all ages, student or otherwise, with no apparent age limit. It is “Physical Activity making moves for healthier lives”. For full details and criteria see www.wcmt.org.uk and www.ukactive.com

Churchill Fellowships will be available for professionals in this growing area, and others, for non-academic studies of the best ideas and practice to be found anywhere in the world. Applications can be made until 17 September 2019.

Physical inactivity is prevalent across many generations of people in the UK and reports show that today’s children exercise less than every previous generation, with three out of four boys and four out of five girls active for less than one hour each day.  Meanwhile, 54% of people over 65 years old engage in moderate physical activity for less than half an hour each week, according to ukactive’s “Moving More, Ageing Well” Report.

With physical inactivity a contributing factor to long-term health conditions, this issue is significantly impacting on demands on the health services, as well as on the lives of individuals.

The new category of Churchill Fellowships will be devoted to ‘Physical activity: making moves for healthy lives’. They will fund Fellows to explore new ways to encourage everyone to take up and enjoy physical activity in order to benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Applications are particularly encouraged that explore using sport, exercise or physical activity as a vehicle to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, whether in community-led programmes, for children and young people, for workplace wellbeing or for active ageing.

Churchill Fellowships are travel grants that fund dedicated and dynamic individuals to research innovative ideas and best practice overseas and then bring their global insights back to the UK and make change happen in their professions and communities.

Applications can be made until 17 September 2019