Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal F.C., welcomed delegates to the European Healthy Stadia Conference and discussed the history of Arsenal in the Community and its impact in the local community in terms of health and wellbeing.
The morning plenary sessions consisted of presentations on football, health and wellbeing, and how sport venues can address mental health and inclusivity issues. A special presentation from Nancy Hey, Director at What Works Centre for Wellbeing, discussed how wellbeing indicators can be used in community sport interventions.
The first breakout session provided delegates with the opportunity to hear presentations on: Active Travel and Spectatorship (B1A); Tobacco Control Policies & Alcohol Sponsorship in Sport (B1B); or Mental Health First Aid & Positive Mental Health in Men (B1C).
After lunch, delegates were able to choose from three further breakout sessions focusing on: Catering Options at Sports Venues and Childhood Obesity Interventions (B2A); Physical Activity Interventions for Men (B2B); or Programme Design, Evaluation & Outcome Measurement (B2C).
Plenary Session 3 & 4 explored promoting health and physical activity at grassroots levels and delivering positive health outcomes through mega events respectively. The afternoon session featured an additional special presentation given by Sarah Ruane, National Strategic Lead for Health at Sport England, on their new physical activity strategy and new funding streams.
The power of sport to positively impact the health of fans, local communities and stadium workforces was clear for all to see at the fourth European Healthy Stadia Conference held at Arsenal F.C.’s Emirates Stadium on Thursday 27th April.