EuroFIT launch into the real world of football and public health deemed a great success

Football clubs, National Associations and key agencies such as the World Health Organisation, European Commission and UEFA gathered for the EuroFIT Launch Event held at Scotland House in Brussels on 31 October 2018. The aim of the event was to celebrate the success of the research project and to learn how the ground-breaking programme will be rolled out across Europe.

EuroFIT Coordinator Prof Sally Wyke commented, “The launch of EuroFIT into the real world of football and public health was a great success.  Over 70 people from different countries and organisation came together.  We have scientific evidence of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and research-based guidelines on how to deliver the programme in football clubs.  We have a pragmatic, inexpensive, not-for-profit licensing system that will protect the fidelity of the programme and ensure that outcomes are the same.  All in all a great investment from the European Commission.”

Press coverage of the launch event and photos:

EuroFIT Launch press release http://eurofitfp7.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/EuroFITLaunch.Media-Release.Stakeholders.pdf

FPF em destaque no balanço do EuroFIT

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Photos from the event:

EuroFIT programme Launch in Brussels 31 Oct – press release

The EuroFIT programme will be officially launched in Brussels on 31 October, with the participation and support of UEFA and the European Commission, participating clubs and the fully EuroFIT consortium team.

A small number of delegate places (free of charge) are still available.

For details, see our press release here.

EuroFIT’s clinical trial presented at WHO European Healthy Cities conference, Belfast

EuroFIT Coordinator, Prof Sally Wyke of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow facilitated a session at the WHO European Healthy Cities Network’s 2018 International Healthy Cities Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.  Sally’s talk, “Effectiveness of European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) randomized controlled trial in England, Portugal, the Netherlands and Norway” occurred on 1 October 2018 and was well-received. The conference has been organized by EuroFIT’s partner the Healthy Stadia Network.

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network was launched in 1988 as a political, cross-cutting and intersectoral initiative and movement in direct collaboration with cities across the WHO European Region. It is a crucial platform for bringing about change and achieving improved health, well-being, and equitable and sustainable development in cities across the Region and globally.

The 2018 International Healthy Cities Conference marks thirty years of the Network and the global Healthy Cities movement. The Conference presents the opportunity to learn from the work of healthy cities globally. It attracts politicians and key decision-makers from within cities, as well as technical experts. The meeting runs from 1-4 October 2018.

Prof Sally Wyke presents EuroFIT for the Society for Social Medicine

EuroFIT Coordinator, Professor Sally Wyke of the Institute of Health and Well Being at the University of Glasgow presented at the Society for Social Medicine meeting today. Sally’s talk entitled “Effectiveness of European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): randomized controlled trial in England, Portugal, the Netherlands and Norway” described the project’s origins, its core components, objectives, and the EuroFIT randomized controlled trial including its primary and secondary outcomes, effectiveness, and strengths and weaknesses.

This 62nd Society for Social Medicine meeting is being held in Glasgow this year and runs from the 5-7 September 2018. The three-day academic and professional conference offers a mix of high quality, peer-reviewed oral presentations, posters and workshops and ample opportunity for networking.

Prof Roberts raises awareness of EuroFIT at International Association of Applied Psychology meeting

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences’ Prof Glyn Roberts was an invited symposium speaker at the International Congress of Applied Psychology in Montreal, Canada. Glyn’s talk was entitled, “Motivation strategies for sustained behavior change in active lifestyle interventions: The EuroFIT project”. The meeting was held from June 26-30, 2018.

Every four years the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) organizes the ICAP world congress of applied psychology which serves as a review of advances in applied psychology and unites several thousand psychologists from all over the world.

 

EuroFIT at the FPF City of Football facilities

The Portuguese Football Federation, as a sponsor of the EuroFIT Portuguese pilots and to establish the social norm in Portugal by being an example to football clubs, hosted the EuroFIT program at the City of Football facilities (home of the Portuguese National team).  Eighteen participants, overweight and sedentary men, managers and staff from small football clubs, participated in the program. The feedback was extremely positive!

From the coaches’ point of view:

“It was an exceptional experience. All the participants increased their levels of physical activity and improved their eating habits. If they maintain this lifestyle, they’ll have a healthier life.”

Participants were also very satisfied for having this opportunity:

“Being here, in the City of Football, in the place where the Portuguese “stars” also play, being able to enjoy this atmosphere and to know some “legends” of the Portuguese football is incredible.”

“There was a big transformation, I would say almost radical eh eh.”

“I’ve learned a lot!.”

“It was a pleasure to be at this place.”

Learn more here.

Successful Pilot Deliveries in Rio Ave FC and SC Braga

Rio Ave FC and SC Braga already finished their EuroFIT deliveries. The initiative was a success, with coaches and participants asking for the continuation of the programme.

“The balance is extremely positive, everybody leaves the project happy, everybody accomplished their goals, and that’s what is more satisfying.” (Coach)

“The experience was fabulous, it is a very complete project, with important theoretical and practical components. I hope others have the opportunity to attend.” (Participant)

Both clubs decided to include women and this decision couldn’t have given better results from the participants’ perspective:

“This was a fabulous experience, that everyone should try.”

Find out more about what coaches and participants said and check the following links to see how the program went in both clubs:

Rio Ave FC

SC Braga

You can also watch a short video from Rio Ave FC.

Eurofit

O projecto Eurofit veio mudar a vida dos nossos adeptos e já se pede a continuação do projecto para o próximo ano. Parabéns a todos os participantes e aos instrutores Vitor Viana e Pedro Félix pelo excelente trabalho desenvolvido. #embarquerumoavitoria #muitonossosemigual #eurofit

Posted by Rio Ave Futebol Clube on Saturday, June 9, 2018

Update from our EuroFIT partners at the University of Lisbon

EuroFIT recently featured in Dependencias Magazine, an institutional magazine that typically publishes news on topics relating to poor health habits and alcohol consumption.
However, the EuroFIT project was described in detail and exemplified as a set of best practices to be followed in interventional programs with the potential to influence behaviours, besides physical activity. This media coverage it is a spinoff of the already reported EuroFIT invitation to be a part of the National Forum for Alcohol and Health (FNAS), hosted by SICAD, a Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Health for Addictive Behaviours. For details on this alliance, please click here.
In the near future, our team at the University of Lisbon will report on Portuguese EuroFIT impact on alcohol consumption and implications for future programs.

You couldn’t ask for a better EuroFIT endorsement!

Blackburn Rovers season ticket holder Mike Graham believes in the Community Trust’s EuroFIT programme.

“I feel so much healthier, I have continued to lose weight but now I can put my shorts on for the first time in a while,” he said.

“I have lost the equivalent to 16 bags of sugar so EuroFIT has certainly worked for me! I saw the programme advertised on Twitter and it appealed to me straight away as I have been a Blackburn Rovers supporter for 54 years.

“The programme has been a challenge and it has helped me focus on my diet and fitness. It has been all about taking small steps because quite often by taking too much on, there is a tendency to give up after a few weeks.

“The [EuroFIT] programme was super and the staff at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust worked really hard to make sure the sessions were fun. We had a wide range of people continuously attending and it has helped not only change people’s lives but add a few years on to their lives.”

Read Blackburn Rovers’ and Mike’s entire success story here.

To watch a video interview in full with Mike, please click here.

Leicester City Football Club celebrates Men’s Health Week with EuroFIT roll-out

Following the successful delivery of their first EuroFIT programme earlier this year, Leicester City Community Trust will begin their second programme later this month.

Healthy Stadia alongside partners from the EuroFIT steering group have been working hard to develop a licensing model for clubs – and Leicester City is one of the first clubs in Europe to take advantage of this.

LCFC Community Trust will be recruiting fans with a BMI of 27 and above to take part in their second programme which will get underway with an information session on 26 June 2018 at King Power Stadium, Leicester. You can read more about the Leicester EuroFIT programme below.