EuroFIT coordinator Sally Wyke presents at ISNBPA

Coordinator Sally Wyke co-led a workshop entitled “Translation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions into Policy and Practice” at the ISBNPA pre-conference workshops in Cape Town, South Africa, on 8 June 2016.

The workshop abstract is as follows:

This interactive workshop will address translation and implementation of evidence-based health policies and practices across several countries. Dr. Sally Wyke will discuss policy work at the Institute of Health and Well-being in the UK; specifically the EuroFIT lifestyle programme to attract men to be more active through the loyalty that they feel to the top flight professional soccer clubs. Dr. Tracey Naledi, Director of the Health Programmes, Department of Health in Western Cape Province, will present on local policies to improve health and prevent chronic disease in this region. Dr. Vicki Lambert, University of Cape Town, will present on developing the National Physical Activity Plan throughout South Africa. ISBNPA policy coalition leader Dr. Dawn Wilson and SIG leader Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere will lead an interactive discussion to address issues of comparing and contrasting different approaches to policy implementation across countries. Future objectives for policy work within ISBNPA will be discussed.

Find out more at www.isnbpa.org

EuroFIT in pro-EU film

EuroFIT featured prominently in a recent film by Glasgow University, supporting the UK’s remaining in the EU.

Please view it here.

Great new coverage for EuroFIT in Norway

Norwegian newspaper UKADDRESSA has published an excellent article about the impact that EUROFIT had on a single Norwegian fan.

You can read it (in Norwegian) here

Video from recent ‘Exploring Physical Activity for Health and Fun’ Workshop

EuroFIT recently hosted a multi-project workshop on ‘Exploring Physical Activity for Health and Fun’, with a portfolio of peer projects and several presentations from the Commission.

Our peer project ‘Credits4Health’ made an excellent video, which you can view here:

New FFIT publication in Sociology of Health and Illness

We are delighted that a paper based on the work of our precursor project, FFIT (Football Fans In Training) has been published in ‘SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS’ by the Wiley Online Library.

The open-access article can be read at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9566.12402/abstract

June 2016 Flash Report Available!

Check out our latest flash report to see what we’ve been up to!

EuroFIT Flash Report May 2016.1 EuroFIT Flash Report May 2016.2

EuroFIT – Rosenborg in newspaper in Norway

EuroFIT received some great press coverage today in Norway – you can read the story in Norwegian here!

Rosenborg media Jun2016

Last EuroFIT sessions in Norway

Delivery of the EuroFIT programme in Norway for our international trial has wrapped up with the final sessions happening last week. In 12 weeks, we’ll carry out the first post-programme measurements.
SIF hyllet
At the last home game in SIF, participants from the EuroFIT programme were invited on to the field to receive their well earned applause.

Premier League clubs turn ‘losers’ into winners at inaugural 5-a-side EuroFIT tournament

A new health project entitled European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) working with overweight football fans from top clubs across Europe celebrated the achievements of UK men participating in the first year of the project at an inaugural 5-a-side tournament.

Teams from Arsenal, Everton, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Stoke City battled it out to be crowned champions of England at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June.

In the searing Manchester heat, Arsenal prevailed despite a difficult start in their final fixture against rivals Stoke. The Gunners looked to be strolling to victory after winning their first three games without conceding a single goal. However two early goals from the Potters put them on the back foot and with Newcastle ahead against Everton, goal difference looked to be the only thing separating the top two teams in the inaugural EuroFIT tournament.

A controversial decision for the Toffees earned them a late draw to hand Arsenal the title but not before Arsenal’s superior passing ability had shone through with the London club eventually seeing off Stoke in a thrilling 7-3 victory.

Many of the players involved in the tournament led inactive lifestyles before joining the EuroFIT programme, but with a little help from club coaches, they have been given the opportunity to score goals for their favourite team at iconic stadiums such as St James’ Park and Emirates Stadium.

Over the course of the 12 week programme, which started in Autumn 2015, men learnt new skills to make changes in their everyday life, aiming to become more active, reduce sitting time and improve their diet. They also learnt how to make these new behaviours stick for good. To kick off these changes, men were given a new device called a SitFIT™ which provides real-time feedback on how much time individuals spend sitting and how much time is spent moving around.

Researchers from 12 European academic institutions and SME’s are currently evaluating EuroFIT in a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial in football clubs across the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and the Premier League clubs mentioned above, to verify its impact on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, physical and mental health.

Dr. Matthew Philpott, Executive Director of the European Healthy Stadia Network, comments:

“A huge congratulations to all the clubs and players for taking part in today’s tournament. The afternoon was filled with excitement and celebration, and went right to the wire.”

“Men are less likely to engage in positive lifestyle change, but EuroFIT harnesses the already established loyalty and attachment many men feel towards their football clubs to encourage significant levels of behaviour change.”

“The EuroFIT project is helping fans to improve their physical activity levels, decrease the amount of time they spend sitting down, and improve their diet. Healthy fans make healthy clubs.”

Professor Sally Wyke, Institute of Health & Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow, comments:     

“The guys that have done the programme are making huge progress to a healthier life.  The tournament was testament to their commitment to making healthy lifestyles a reality for them and their families.  The clubs’ community organisations are doing great work.”

Note to Editors:

  • EuroFIT is funded by the EU’s Framework Programme Seven: 602170, and is supported by leading professional football clubs including Dutch Eredivisie, English Premier League, Portuguese Primeira Liga, and Norweigian Tippe-ligaen. The project bid was developed by the consortium over 12 months and received backing from UEFA and the World Heart Federation. The project will conclude in late 2018.
  • The UK tournament has been coordinated by the European Healthy Stadia Network and funded by the University of Glasgow’s Knowledge Exchange Fund and the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account.
  • In the WHO European Region physical inactivity accounts for around a million deaths per year (about 10% of the total). High levels of sedentary behaviour are associated with adverse health outcomes and increased mortality. Inactivity and sedentary behaviour cluster together with other risk factors for ill health such as poor diet and obesity.
  • For more information on the EuroFIT project and the different partners involved, please visit http://eurofitfp7.eu or follow them on Twitter @eurofitFP7

Final Table:

eurofit_tableThe Teams: 

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Further photos from tournament available on request

For more information, please contact:

Matthew Philpott, Executive Director Healthy Stadia

E: matthew.philpott@healthystadie.eu

T: 0151 237 2686

W: www.healthystadia.eu

Tw: @healthystadia

SDT 2016 Conference

EuroFIT researcher Marlene Silva (FMH, University of Lisbon) presented ‘The power of football: Using self-determination theory to promote health behavior change in the European Fans in Training (EuroFIT) project’ at the Sixth International Conference on Self Determination Theory in Victoria, Canada on 04 June 2016.

The project received lots of interest and questions researchers from the US and Australia were very interested in adapting the idea to their countries (using other sports because of cultural reasons).

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