Healthy Stadia hosts Club Representatives

EuroFIT partner Healthy Stadia hosted representatives from clubs in the Netherlands, UK, Portugal and Norway on 22 Sept, 2014 in the Premier League Offices in London. The meeting was an opportunity for EuroFIT researchers and club representatives to discuss how to make sure the EuroFIT programme works in practice. Coaches agreed on the importance of rigorous evaluation and talked about cultural-sensitisation’ of EuroFIT to their club.  They shared learning around recruitment and began to develop a sense of being part f the EuroFIT team.

A second meeting is planned for March 2015 to continue the discussion.

First lessons learned from feasibility study at PSV

The first preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study have been completed by the VUmc EuroFIT team in collaboration with PSV.

PSV is very enthusiastic about EuroFIT and they agreed to run the Dutch preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study. As a result, 15 voluntary men joined the measurement sessions. Men were excited about taking part in the study. One man said:

‘It is great that our club offers the possibility to conduct these health tests and we can help them to improve the protocols at the same time’.

Men provided very useful feedback to improve the measurements.

At the moment, the EuroFIT teams in Portugal, Norway and UK are in the middle of their feasibility study. The EuroFIT team looks forward to benefit from the results of this feasibility study.


Scottish Football Fans in Training run in 26 clubs

Scottish Football Fans in Training run in 26 clubs – sign up if you want to get fit, lose your belly and get behind the scenes at your local Scottish club, all for free.

In 2014, the SPFL Trust helped 374 supporters of 13 SPFL clubs shed an astonishing 291st 11lbs combined. This season, with over 26 clubs across Scotland taking part, they aim to help even more male fans to lose weight, live a healthier life and become more active.

So what are you waiting for? Book today by visiting the their Football fans in training page.

Eurofit Flash Report published

Eurofit have published a Flash report on each of our seven work packages, detailing the aims, recent achievements, current progress, timelines, challenges and opportunities of each. To find out more about these Work Packages and the EuroFIT project, simply click on the image below.


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EuroFIT to partner with the Newcastle United Foundation

EuroFIT and Newcastle United Foundation have agreed to partner to run the UK preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study.

Newcastle United Foundation mission is to harness football’s power to deliver positive change. They encourage learning and promote healthy lifestyles that will make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and families in their region.

The EuroFIT team look forward to partnering with the Newcastle United Foundation on this stage of our study.

Flash Report Available – July 2014

EuroFIT’s first official Flash Report is now available as a .pdf on our Press Box, in the Press Release & Media Downloads Section.

This Flash Report covers project aims, current work, recent achievements, and challenges and opportunities.  It also provides an illustrated timeline for the project.

For future updates, please subscribe to our newsletter on the right hand sidebar and you’ll receive an email upon the release of our next project update!


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FFIT & EuroFIT Featured on BBC

Football Fans in Training and EuroFIT were both featured recently on the BBC News Website, in a report by Eleanor Bradford.  A link to the feature can be found here.



FFIT featured on German Television

The EuroFIT predecessor programme, FFIT, was recently featured on German TV, and included an interview with EuroFIT coordinator Prof. Sally Wyke.

You can find a link to the programme here.

FFIT Programme: Arbroath flat fire hero helped by football fitness programme

One of the individuals involved in our predecessor programme – FFIT – recently made the news for all the rights reasons.

From the Evening Telegraph:

The heroic delivery driver who saved a woman from a blazing Angus building said football fitness helped him during the rescue.

Brian Provan was on the ball when he charged into the Arbroath flat and and pulled one-legged woman Kirsty Adam to safety.

The 43-year-old dad-of-one smashed a window and sprinted into the smoke twice, to ensure all the occupants were safe.

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Incredible FFIT Coverage

Our predecessor programme – Football Fans in Training – has received some remarkable coverage over the last week with the publication of their paper in the Lancet Magazine.  Below is a selection of the coverage:

Coverage in Britain:


Sky Sports – 28/01/14 – Scottish Football Fans in Training

The Guardian – 21/01/14 – Football fans get FFIT through Scottish premiership scheme tackling obesity

Herald – 21/01/14 – Football Fans in Training programme helps men to shed their excess pounds

Independent – 21/01/14 – Who ate fewer of the pies? Scottish football clubs’ weight loss initiative proves successful with fans

STV News – 21/01/14 – Playing football effective way for men to lose weight, study shows

BBC News – 21/01/14 – SPFL tackles fans’ weight problems


International Coverage:

The Journal ( – 21/01/14 – How football clubs helped male footie fans lose weight

Le Quotidien du – 21/01/14 – Une étude qui sort les supporters de foot de leur canapé – 22/04/14 – Trainieren beim Lieblingsverein: Fußballliebe motiviert Männer zum Abspecken

Chron – 21/01/14 – Do Texans really care about their fans? If so, they should check this out? – 21/01/14 – Feta fotbollsfans gick ner i vikt – 21/01/14 – Feta fotbollsfans smalare

Sydsvenskan – 21/01/14 – Fotbollslklubbar hjälper fans att rasa

Daily Monitor (Uganda) – 21/01/14 – Study shows football can tackle obesity—Living/Study-shows-football-can-tackle-obesity/-/689846/2161154/-/1udg66/-/index.html

Voice of Russia – 26/01/14 – Football fan fitness programme hailed success in world first

Brabants Dagblad – 14/02/14 – Voetbalclubs helpen zware fans af te vallen

FFIT Dutch Coverage