At the Everton Pilot, Goodison Park are (l to r) Alan Pollock, Christopher Bunn, Lisa Macaulay, Ian Macleod
The EuroFIT pilot study, which is taking place at Everton Football Club, reached the half-way point on 25th June. A regular group of eight men are participating in the pilot. The men have all received SitFITs to help them keep track of their daily step count, the amount of time they spend sitting and the amount of time they spend upright. The Everton coaches have encouraged the men to use the information from the SitFIT to practice self-monitoring and to set step and upright time goals each week.
Amongst many activities, the first six weeks of the programme has seen men go on a walking tour of Goodison Park, carry out physical activity in the stands and beside the pitch, play a game of walking football, discuss healthy eating, and think about the things that can prevent them from being as active as they would like to be.
The research team are using the study to assess how men and coaches respond to the programme and to reflect upon the time that is allocated to each of the activities. The learning we take from this study will be used to refine and finalise the programme before it is applied in the EuroFIT Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) later this year.
In a public event at the Universidade de Lisboa, FC Porto, Sporting CP, and SL Benfica signed formal partnership agreements with the host institution, the Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMH).
EuroFIT researcher Pedro Teixeira gave a presentation about the project to an audience that included researchers, government and sporting officials, former athletes, and FMH staff and students. The clubs will deliver the EuroFIT programme on club grounds starting later in 2015.
Our stakeholder summary report has been featured in the Healthy Stadia e-Bulletin, Spring 2015 edition. The report summarises what we learned from face-to-face interviews with representatives from football stakeholders concerning the use of club identity in delivery of health interventions, programme implementation, partnership working, capacity building and financing of interventions. The report covers responses from football stakeholders in England, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal, as well as from funding agencies and sports associations outside of football.
Check out the report here.
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.