EuroFIT at ISBNPA 2015

EuroFIT was well represented at the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 14th Meeting in Edinburgh (03 – 06 June). EuroFIT Coordinator Prof. Sally Wyke and Prof. Kate Hunt (Glasgow University) gave a keynote lecture ‘Enhancing the social and cultural relevance of interventions: the inter-disciplinary science of behaviour change’. Lessons from FFIT, the successful predecessor of EuroFIT, were shared and the aims of EuroFIT were presented.

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Glasgow University researcher Cindy Gray also presented a poster ‘European Fans in Training (EuroFIT): a socio-psychological approach to the development of a healthy lifestyle programme to engage an at-risk group in sustained behaviour change’. The poster presented the results of the research we have undertaken to develop the EuroFIT programme.


Formal Partnerships Signed with Clubs in Portugal

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.

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EuroFIT Project Meeting in Oslo

The team had a very productive meeting in Oslo, 06 – 08 May 2015, hosted by the Norweigan School of Sport Sciences. We discussed how to help men ‘sit less and walk more’, how to best use the SitFIT device for self-monitoring and how to integrate the MatchFIT app into the EuroFIT programme. Plans for the feasibility assessment of the programme with Everton in the Community, which starts 14 May 2015, were shared. Our international RCT is due to start soon, with recruitment starting in the Netherlands.

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EuroFIT Feasibility Starts in Everton

We’ll start our feasibility work in Everton in the United Kingdom on 14 May.

We’ll be working with Everton in the Community to test out the EuroFIT programme before launching the full-scale trial later in the year.

Read more here!


University of Lisbon presents EuroFIT at ISMAI

University of Lisbon researcher Pedro Teixeira presented the lecture “The European Project EuroFIT: the Supporter Trains and the Club (FCP, SLB and SCP) Supports” on 27 April 2015 at the Conference on Team Sports: Health and Performance in ISMAI, Maia.

Read more here.

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EuroFIT Publishes Systematic Review of Sedentary Behaviour Interventions

EuroFIT’s first publication has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Interventions with potential to reduce sedentary time in adults: systematic review and meta-analysis presents the work done in the project by WP1 in our first year, led by Prof. Nanette Mutrie at the University of Edinburgh.

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Healthy Stadia hosts a second meeting with club representatives

EuroFIT partner Healthy Stadia hosted representatives from clubs in the Netherlands, UK, Portugal and Norway on 25 March, 2014 at the Arsenal Football Club in London. This is the second meeting of the EuroFIT team with club representatives, where we discussed how to make sure the EuroFIT programme works in practice.


Loch Lomond Lectures “Context is key: Unlocking physical behaviour data”


EuroFIT partners PAL Technologies are sponsoring Loch Lomond Lectures which will be hosted by Professor Malcolm Granat, University of Salford and feature several renowned international speakers.  This is a small, informal and participative retreat style meeting which will run from lunch on Sunday 7 June to lunch on Monday 8 June. The formal programme will break late afternoon on Sunday, allowing participants to explore the loch-side grounds of the venue, Ross Priory, or relax in the bar before dinner with the other participants. Monday morning’s lectures will conclude with lunch, after which participants are free to explore the area or depart on their onward journey.

More information including registration details may be found at

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EuroFIT Stakeholder Report Featured in Healthy Stadia e-Bulletin


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.