We would like to talk to male football fans about how smartphone apps can encourage and support men in leading healthier lifestyles (e.g. to walk more and be physically active). Our idea is that men will be more receptive to health technology if it ties in with the football club they support.
We are looking for male football fans aged 35-67 to participate in group discussions of physical activity and smartphone apps. Groups of about five fans will be asked to discuss their physical activity, and what opportunities and barriers they face in leading healthy lifestyles. We will ask participants to discuss any technology they already use. We will then show some of our own early stage ideas for new smartphone apps. Participants will also be asked to complete a short questionnaire. The sessions will last for 2 hours.
We are looking for participants that meet the following criteria:
- You are male
- You are a fan of Newcastle or Sunderland
- You attend football matches at least occasionally
- You are aged 35 to 67
- You own and use a smartphone
- You are able to attend a discussion session for 2 hours
Please note that you do not need to be a physically active person or use health apps to be eligible for participation.
We will be running workshops at the following venues:
- Newcastle United F.C.
- Sunderland A.F.C.
All participants will be given a £20 Amazon voucher.
The workshops will be recorded using a video camera, a stills camera, and/or an audio recorder. These recordings will not be shared with anyone else, but you may optionally give consent for us to share short clips and images in presentations. The recordings will be transcribed, and your opinions and ideas during the workshop together with the questionnaire data will be used as the basis for academic reports, presentations and other research related forms of documentation. Anonymised transcriptions and quotes will be shared in reports and presentations.
The study has ethical approval from the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University.
Dr John Rooksby