The Canadian Best Practices Initiative (CBPI) unit at the Public Health Agency of Canada has selected our predecessor “Football Fans In Training (FFIT)” as a Best Practice. Check it out on the Canadian Best Practices Portal – http://cbpp-pcpe.phac-aspc.
Prof. Wyke presented at a forum and workshop session convened by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation and for Health and Consumers and Education and Culture. The forum was held at the 17th European Health Forum Gastein (EFHG) (01 – 03 Oct 2014).
The forum examined ways of promoting physical activity and discussed the challenges and benefits of reducing sedentary behaviour, with presentations from four FP7-funded projects working to promote physical activity (EuroFIT, Credits4Health, PAPA and PASTA).
The session presented useful networking opportunities and lessons were learned that will beneficially impact on the conduct of the EuroFIT programme over the next 4 years.
EuroFIT researcher Cindy Gray of Glasgow University presented at UKSBM 2014 in Nottingham on 04 Dec 2014. Cindy’s talk was titled ‘European Fans in Training: a socio-psychological approach to the development of a healthy lifestyle programme to engage an at-risk group in sustained behaviour change.
EuroFIT partner Healthy Stadia hosted representatives from clubs in the Netherlands, UK, Portugal and Norway on 22 Sept, 2014 in the Premier League Offices in London. The meeting was an opportunity for EuroFIT researchers and club representatives to discuss how to make sure the EuroFIT programme works in practice. Coaches agreed on the importance of rigorous evaluation and talked about cultural-sensitisation’ of EuroFIT to their club. They shared learning around recruitment and began to develop a sense of being part f the EuroFIT team.
A second meeting is planned for March 2015 to continue the discussion.
The first preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study have been completed by the VUmc EuroFIT team in collaboration with PSV.
PSV is very enthusiastic about EuroFIT and they agreed to run the Dutch preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study. As a result, 15 voluntary men joined the measurement sessions. Men were excited about taking part in the study. One man said:
‘It is great that our club offers the possibility to conduct these health tests and we can help them to improve the protocols at the same time’.
Men provided very useful feedback to improve the measurements.
At the moment, the EuroFIT teams in Portugal, Norway and UK are in the middle of their feasibility study. The EuroFIT team looks forward to benefit from the results of this feasibility study.
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In 2014, the SPFL Trust helped 374 supporters of 13 SPFL clubs shed an astonishing 291st 11lbs combined. This season, with over 26 clubs across Scotland taking part, they aim to help even more male fans to lose weight, live a healthier life and become more active.
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EuroFIT and Newcastle United Foundation have agreed to partner to run the UK preliminary tests of the EuroFIT feasibility study.
Newcastle United Foundation mission is to harness football’s power to deliver positive change. They encourage learning and promote healthy lifestyles that will make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and families in their region.
The EuroFIT team look forward to partnering with the Newcastle United Foundation on this stage of our study.
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.