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.
Check out this video about MatchFIT from FC Porto!
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.
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.
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!
SitFIT devices for the EuroFIT trial are packed up and ready to make their way from PAL Technologies in Glasgow to the trial centre in the Netherlands, with those destined for Portugal, Norway and the UK due to follow shortly.
By placing the SitFIT in their trouser pocket, trial participants will be able to track and self-monitor the number of steps they take as well as the time they spend sitting and standing. To help participants reduce sitting time, the devices can also be set to vibrate after pre-determined durations in order to remind them to stand up and move around. Participants can also upload and see their own data on the MatchFIT app and join in virtual matches with other participants in the trial.
EuroFIT has been featured in Horizon, the EU Research & Innovation magazine.
Prof. Sally Wyke describes the EuroFIT programme:
What we’re offering is a programme where supporters get together in the football stadia to get more activity.
There is some explanation and discussion, and a lot of friendly banter, along with some movement too.
It’s like a night at the pub, but without the alcohol.
You can read the full article here.
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