Millions of people across Europe and around the world attend sports stadia each week to watch their team play, to work, to volunteer or to use the arena’s facilities. At Healthy Stadia, we encourage professional sports clubs, league operators, national and international governing bodies of sport to develop their stadia as health-promoting environments. We do this by supporting them to adopt a range of policies and practices in support of the health of their fans, their staff and the surrounding community. The definition we give to Healthy Stadia is:
Inspired by the World Health Organisation’s concept of ‘health promoting settings’, the Healthy Stadia model takes a holistic approach to promoting health to a cross-section of population groups, including fans, local communities and stadium staff. In practice, the Healthy Stadia concept has three primary areas of concern:
Promoting a healthier environment or healthier choices, for example tobacco-free stadium policies or commitment to providing healthier catering options.
Including a wide range of public health improvement initiatives, often delivered by club community departments or foundations, such as men’s health interventions, physical activity programmes for school children, tobacco and substance misuse projects, active aging programmes and mental health interventions.
Including active travel (walking and cycling) incentives, provision of health checks, free use of club gym/training facilities, and workforce development.