Prof Dr Glyn C. Roberts presents EuroFIT at FSSS Conference, Jyvaskyla

Prof Dr Glyn Roberts, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

The Finnish Society of Sports Sciences (FSSS) commemorated the centenary of Finland’s independence with a Finish Conference on Sport Science 2017. The Conference was held in Jyvaskyla, Finland, 30 August – 1 September. The conference theme was ‘How does sport science look in 100-year old Finland?’

Prof Dr Glyn Roberts, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences presented ‘Motivational strategies for sustained behaviour change: The case within EuroFIT’ on Friday, 1 September. One of the major concerns for researchers is to have participants sustain an active life style once introduced to weight loss, reduced sedentary behaviour, diet, and fitness strategies within an intervention. EuroFIT employs evidence-based state of the science motivation enhancement strategies based on the contemporary motivation theories of Self-Determination and Achievement Goals. We do not have data lock yet, and the success of the intervention will be determined when we find whether, or not, participants sustained their behaviour at the 12-month testing session. For more information about the conference, please see http://www.sportscience.fi/events/finnish-conference-sport-science-2017

The Conference was organized by FSSS in cooperation with the University of Jyvaskyla, The Ministry of Education and Culture, the City of Jyvaskyla and LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health.

June 2016 Flash Report Available!

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EuroFIT – Rosenborg in newspaper in Norway

EuroFIT received some great press coverage today in Norway – you can read the story in Norwegian here!

Rosenborg media Jun2016

Premier League clubs turn ‘losers’ into winners at inaugural 5-a-side EuroFIT tournament

A new health project entitled European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) working with overweight football fans from top clubs across Europe celebrated the achievements of UK men participating in the first year of the project at an inaugural 5-a-side tournament.

Teams from Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Stoke City battled it out to be crowned champions of England at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June.

In the searing Manchester heat, Arsenal prevailed despite a difficult start in their final fixture against rivals Stoke. The Gunners looked to be strolling to victory after winning their first three games without conceding a single goal. However two early goals from the Potters put them on the back foot and with Newcastle ahead against Everton, goal difference looked to be the only thing separating the top two teams in the inaugural EuroFIT tournament.

A controversial decision for the Toffees earned them a late draw to hand Arsenal the title but not before Arsenal’s superior passing ability had shone through with the London club eventually seeing off Stoke in a thrilling 7-3 victory.

Many of the players involved in the tournament led inactive lifestyles before joining the EuroFIT programme, but with a little help from club coaches, they have been given the opportunity to score goals for their favourite team at iconic stadiums such as St James’ Park and Emirates Stadium.

Over the course of the 12 week programme, which started in Autumn 2015, men learnt new skills to make changes in their everyday life, aiming to become more active, reduce sitting time and improve their diet. They also learnt how to make these new behaviours stick for good. To kick off these changes, men were given a new device called a SitFIT™ which provides real-time feedback on how much time individuals spend sitting and how much time is spent moving around.

Researchers from 12 European academic institutions and SME’s are currently evaluating EuroFIT in a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial in football clubs across the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the Premier League clubs mentioned above, to verify its impact on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, physical and mental health.

Dr. Matthew Philpott, Executive Director of the European Healthy Stadia Network, comments:

“A huge congratulations to all the clubs and players for taking part in today’s tournament. The afternoon was filled with excitement and celebration, and went right to the wire.”

“Men are less likely to engage in positive lifestyle change, but EuroFIT harnesses the already established loyalty and attachment many men feel towards their football clubs to encourage significant levels of behaviour change.”

“The EuroFIT project is helping fans to improve their physical activity levels, decrease the amount of time they spend sitting down, and improve their diet. Healthy fans make healthy clubs.”

Professor Sally Wyke, Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, comments:     

“The guys that have done the programme are making huge progress to a healthier life.  The tournament was testament to their commitment to making healthy lifestyles a reality for them and their families.  The clubs’ community organisations are doing great work.”

Note to Editors:

  • EuroFIT is funded by the EU’s Framework Programme Seven: 602170, and is supported by leading professional football clubs including Dutch Eredivisie, English Premier League, Portuguese Primeira Liga, and Norweigian Tippe-ligaen. The project bid was developed by the consortium over 12 months and received backing from UEFA and the World Heart Federation. The project will conclude in late 2018.
  • The UK tournament has been coordinated by the European Healthy Stadia Network and funded by the University of Glasgow’s Knowledge Exchange Fund and the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account.
  • In the WHO European Region physical inactivity accounts for around a million deaths per year (about 10% of the total). High levels of sedentary behaviour are associated with adverse health outcomes and increased mortality. Inactivity and sedentary behaviour cluster together with other risk factors for ill health such as poor diet and obesity.
  • For more information on the EuroFIT project and the different partners involved, please visit http://eurofitfp7.eu or follow them on Twitter @eurofitFP7

Final Table:

eurofit_tableThe Teams: 

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Further photos from tournament available on request

For more information, please contact:

Matthew Philpott, Executive Director Healthy Stadia

E: matthew.philpott@healthystadie.eu

T: 0151 237 2686

W: www.healthystadia.eu

Tw: @healthystadia

SDT 2016 Conference

EuroFIT researcher Marlene Silva (FMH, University of Lisbon) presented ‘The power of football: Using self-determination theory to promote health behavior change in the European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) project’ at the Sixth International Conference on Self Determination Theory in Victoria, Canada on 04 June 2016.

The project received lots of interest and questions researchers from the US and Australia were very interested in adapting the idea to their countries (using other sports because of cultural reasons).

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Project Featured on Vålerenga Website

Excellent coverage of the programme at Vålerenga Fotball – have a look!

VIF May 2016

 

Public Health Research Workshop in Glasgow

EuroFIT hosted a Public Health Research Workshop in Glasgow at Hampden Park on 10 Mar 2016,  bringing together five European projects on physical activity. Prof. Nanette Mutrie (University of Edinburgh) gave a keynote address. A series of presentations from the EU Commission highlighted the activities of three Directorates General. This was followed by presentations from projects EuroFIT, PASTA, Credits4Health, REPOPA and SitLESS, in which consortium representatives shared their project results and discussed what is needed next. A series of breakout and discussion sessions explored common themes, such as engaging with policy makers, activity-stimulating urban planning, commuting and health, and technology for behaviour change.

Graduation Ceremony in Man City

EuroFIT participants at Manchester City Football Club had a graduation ceremony to mark the end of their programme.

The coaches put together a presentation to summarise the programme, including participant achievements and reflections (slides 17+).

Well done!

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‘Coz football is what we all have’ – New Publication from FFIT

Glasgow University researchers leading FFIT, predecessor of EuroFIT, have published a paper in Sociology of Health & Illness.

You can read the full paper here.

FFIT Sociology of Health and Illness

Trial Starting in Norway

The trial officially starts in Norway today – best of luck to the team!

 

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