13 Sep 2017 EuroFIT Represented at SoccerEx
Last week, staff from Healthy Stadia and the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing discussed the EuroFIT programme at SoccerEx, a global football industry conference held in Manchester between 4th and 6th September.
More than 3000 delegates were in attendance from more than 80 countries, with over 45 conference sessions on offer over the course of three days.
Dr. Matthew Philpott, Executive Director of Healthy Stadia, and Dr. Chris Bunn from the University of Glasgow, presented EuroFIT in ‘The Lab’, a platform dedicated to showcasing the latest innovations in a diverse range of disciplines, from the fields of sports and exercise medicine to sports technology.
The European Fans in Training or EuroFIT project has been designed specifically to harness the power of the badge to help male football supporters, make sustainable improvements to their diet, activity levels and overall physical fitness.
A total of 15 top-level football clubs in four European countries including England, Netherlands, Norway and Portugal have been involved in the EU-funded project creating new social partnerships between football clubs, supporters, local resources and research to address the problems of physical inactivity, sedentary behaviour and poor diet.
EuroFIT players from Everton and Manchester City took part in a small 3 vs 3 in the Love Football Zone which also saw presentations from Premier League Communities, English Football League Trust and MAN v FAT on a range of health initiatives.
Staff from Healthy Stadia also exhibited some of the work the organisation has been involved in over the last 12 months including successful delivery of an active travel programme at UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 through a mobile application, a lifestyle behaviour change project in conjunction with Everton in the Community’s NCS programme and a multi-risk brief intervention training programme for Homeless World Cup managers and coaches delivered in Oslo, Norway.