The Network

A European-wide Communications And Expertise Resource

The overarching function of the Network is to act as a European-wide communications and expertise resource concerning public health policy and practice in relation to professional sports clubs, their community trusts or charitable foundations and their stadia.

Healthy Stadia will update members on latest news and events, share examples of good practice, advocate on key public health issues and provide guidance documents for the successful implementation of health policies at stadiums.

Key Objectives Include:

  1. Promoting the Healthy Stadia concept, disseminating good practice and guidance documentation to professional sports clubs and stadium operators, league operators, governing bodies of sport and local, regional and national public health agencies across Europe
  2. Improving health and wellbeing through stadia environments by supporting and encouraging clubs and stadia to form successful partnerships with local service providers such as health agencies, local authorities and transport providers to roll out health initiatives
  3. Collation and dissemination of new developments, network documents and case studies
  4. Supporting national governing bodies of sport and league operators, to develop public health policies and strategies as part of their commitment to the social responsibility agenda
  5. Engaging large-scale sporting events to develop public health interventions during tournaments and a positive health legacy post-tournament.

History

The Network was launched in 2009, building upon a highly successful 30 month pilot project funded by the European Commission through the framework of the Public Health Programme. This project initially worked across eight European countries to promote the Healthy Stadia concept, and to further develop a guidance framework for stadia to roll out a range of public health initiatives with the support of local service providers, including: food and nutrition, physical activity, smoke free environments, alcohol and substance misuse and mental health.