EuroFIT project meeting in Lisbon

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.

Team Lisbon May 2016

EuroFIT training continues in Den Haag

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!

Life after EuroFIT in the Netherlands

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!

ADO_Vit match

Continued Meetings
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.

EuroFIT Systematic Review on Health Evidence

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:

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!


Coach Training in Norway

The eight coaches who will be delivering the EuroFIT programme in Norway successfully completed their training last weekend (13 – 14 Feb 2016).


The two-day training gave the coaches some practical experience of delivering key components of the EuroFIT programme, related to diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.



You can learn more about the project in Norway here.

EuroFIT Session Covered on TV in Portugal

The Portuguese TV channel Porto Canal covered a EuroFIT session at FC Porto.

During the interview, the coach stressed the difference between physical activity and sedentary time and highlighted the importance of keeping the focus on lifestyle change.

The club ambassador was also interviewed.

Porto Canal 1


Check out the November 2015 Flash Report!

Our latest Flash Report gives an update on our pilot study of the EuroFIT programme, the start of our randomised controlled trial and an update on our technologies (SitFIT and MatchFIT).

You can find the report here.

EuroFIT Flash Report Nov 2015

EuroFIT project meeting in Manchester

The team had a very productive meeting in Manchester, 10 – 11 Nov 2015, hosted by Healthy Stadia. We discussed validation of the SitFIT device, results of the feasibility assessment of the EuroFIT programme in Everton and progress of the randomised controlled trial of the EuroFIT programme now underway in the Netherlands, UK and Portugal. Planning for the next phase of the project, replication of the programme in new clubs, was also a key focus of the meeting.

Doing our best to sit less and move more – we even had a standing lunch!

Manchester plenary standing lunch