Norwegian newspaper UKADDRESSA has published an excellent article about the impact that EUROFIT had on a single Norwegian fan.
EuroFIT recently hosted a multi-project workshop on ‘Exploring Physical Activity for Health and Fun’, with a portfolio of peer projects and several presentations from the Commission.
Our peer project ‘Credits4Health’ made an excellent video, which you can view here:
We are delighted that a paper based on the work of our precursor project, FFIT (Football Fans In Training) has been published in ‘SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS’ by the Wiley Online Library.
The open-access article can be read at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12402/abstract
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).
The team had a very productive meeting in Lisbon, 10 – 11 May 2016, hosted by FMH. We discussed progress of the randomised controlled trial of the EuroFIT programme. We’ve completed the 12 week measures in the UK, Portugal and the Netherlands and delivered the programme in Norway. Planning for the next phase of the project, replication of the programme in new clubs and adapting EuroFIT to other groups, was also a key focus of the meeting.
Participants from the EuroFIT programme at ADO Den Haag have continued their training after the programme. Bas Muijs, a former actor from a famous Dutch soap opera who is an ambassador for making Den Haag city more active, visited a training session.
You can watch a video of the training here!
We’re delighted to see that participants in the EuroFIT trial have remained active after completing the programme!
On 09 April, the Vitesse team played against ADO Den Haag in the League. As part of the national attention to Dutch Premier League Community work, the EuroFIT men played a match before the ‘real’ match on the training venue of Vitesse. Afterwards, they were invited to watch the game in the Vitesse stadium.
There are lots of great photos of the match from both ADO DenHaag and Vitesse!
In almost all our Dutch clubs, men are still meeting up after the program has ended:
- At Vitesse, one group moved to a local football club and is meeting on a weekly basis, while the other group has organised walking activities.
- At ADO Den Haag, the club facilitates continued trainings in the stadium. 20 of the 30 men train each week and they pay the club to use the field, coaches and other facilities.
- At PSV, small groups meet for walking/running activities, and some are training for a walking/running event.
- At FC Groningen, the men are organising a tournament for the beginning of July. They have invited EuroFIT men from the other clubs to compete.
On 07 April, 2016, Prof. Mutrie and Dr. Martin from the University of Edinburgh shared the findings of the EuroFIT systematic review on interventions with potential to reduce sedentary behaviour in adults with Public Health Professionals and Researchers during a webinar hosted by the Canadian organisation Health Evidence.
Our review was selected due to the high quality rating it received and the popularity on the Health Evidence website.
The webinar slides and the voice recordings can be found here:
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