“It was great training, we learned a lot of new and exciting things but most of all a new way of interacting with participants and facilitating change!” said one of the participants. Some former FMH-University of Lisboa students (now working in the sports arena) also received the training, anticipating future delivery of it. The training occurred at the home of the Portuguese National Team, and was led by Marlene Silva and Hugo Pereira, EuroFIT researchers at FMH-U Lisbon, with the assistance of former EuroFIT coaches from SL Benfica and FC Porto. Examples and assistance from these former coaches were great and much appreciated. Everyone was unanimous in considering that their inputs brought not only applied examples, but also reassurance and inspiration. Team spirit and camaraderie were dominant throughout the training!
Reaching out to non-scientific audiences with the project mission, objectives and findings is important too. EuroFIT partners have communicated with a variety of audiences and spread the word in non-scientific journals, such as:
• The journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology devoted to health professionals, “Factores de Risco”, “invited Marlene Silva to write a piece on “The football club as a promoter of health in the population: the example of the EuroFIT program”.
• Pedro Teixeira, Hugo Pereira and Marlene Silva were invited by the Journal of the Portuguese Football Federation to write an article on the importance of football to promote health; the EuroFIT program was as an illustrative example.
• Marlene Silva and Pedro Teixeira were invited to write a piece reflecting the potential role of football clubs to promote community health. Healthy Stadia provided some data for the piece and the EuroFIT program was used as an example
• “Saber Viver”, a lifestyle journal, made a piece on EuroFIT. Healthy Stadia’s work was also featured and described.
• Bunn, C. (2017) Fitness for fans: professional football and public health. Football Medic and Scientist, Issue 20: Spring 2017.
The EuroFIT team continues to actively promote the project. Recent activities include
– Pedro Teixeira is presenting at the International Conference on Childhood Obesity (cioi2017.com) in Lisbon this week.
– Nanette Mutrie presented to the ‘getamoveon’ network‘s workshop on technology and physical activity, in London on 27 June.
– Glyn Roberts is presenting to the International Society of Sport Psychology Congress, in Seville, on the 12th of July. Glyn’s presentation ‘Increasing Motivation for Physical Activity (IMPAct project): Theory development and intervention strategies’ will build on EuroFIT research.
Several EuroFIT partners presented at ISBNPA (International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity) 2017, in Victoria, British Columbia.
The abstracts book can be downloaded here. Check out “IT’S BEEN ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, NOT ONLY FOR THE TRAINING BUT THE MEETING LIKE-MINDED FELLAS”: UNDERSTANDING WHAT SUPPORTS MEN TO MAKE LASTING LIFESTYLE CHANGE THROUGH GROUP-BASED BEHAVIOUR CHANGE PROGRAMMES, on page 21.
We were delighted to have a substantial article by our own Marlene Silva (partner FMH) published by the Portuguese Society of Cardiology. The article was titled “The football club as a promoter of health in the population: the example of the EuroFIT program” and can be viewed here (Portuguese language). RFR_art693
EuroFIT received extensive media coverage, in the context of the ECO 2017 Conference. The following links are all Portuguese media (ECO took place in Porto), and highlight the commitment of major football clubs to the project, and the benefits that fans enjoy from the project.
EuroFIT presented at ECO 2017 (http://eco2017.easo.org/ , May 17-20, 2017, in Porto, Portugal) on the Power of Football to Promote Behavioural Change for better health.
The poster is titled “The power of football: A socio-psychological approach to promotE behaviour change in overweight and sedentary men in the European Fans in Training project” – click to download it.
EuroFIT continues to gain great media attention in Portugal, even before its starring role in the new Programme for Physical Activity, launched on World Physical Activity Day.
On RTP1, on 11 April 2017: A feature on EuroFIT Portugal
On RTP3, on 12 April 2017, A feature on EuroFIT in Portugal
On SPORT-TV, on 12 April 2017, a feature on the EuroFIT programme and its new role in the national initiative to reduce physical inactivity and promote activity
..and on TVI, a feature on the signing of the protocol between the Portuguese Football Federation and the Directorate General of Health and (EuroFIT partners) the Faculty of Human Motricity (FMH).
On 11 April 2017, World Physical Activity Day, EuroFIT played a key role in the launch of the Portuguese government’s National Physical Activity programme.
A formal partnership to roll out the EuroFIT programme was signed between the Portuguese government’s Directorate-General for Health and the Portuguese Football Federation.
Full details of the day are published (in Portuguese) at http://dia-atividade-fisica-2017.fmh.ulisboa.pt
This partnership places EuroFIT and its programme within the core activities of the national initiative, and demonstrates the important value that EuroFIT is delivering to the wider population. This development is an important result for EuroFIT, and reflects the commitment of Portuguese government and football to the health and well-being of football fans.
The launch event was supported by the Portuguese government’s Directorate-General for Health, the Portuguese Football Federation, the University of Lisbon-Faculty of Human Medicine, the EuroFIT consortium, and the World Health Organisation.
image courtesy FMH
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 602170. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. The EU Commission takes no responsibility for any use made of the information set out.