European Healthy Stadia Conference 2017

Healthy Stadia Conference: 2017

The 2017 edition of the European Healthy Stadia Conference was held on Thursday 27th April at the iconic Emirates Stadium – home of Arsenal F.C.

This was the fourth international conference held by Healthy Stadia after previous editions in Geneva, Manchester and Liverpool, and celebrated 10 years of the European Healthy Stadia movement with 200 delegates and 40 speakers from the cross-cutting fields of sport, health and community development participating on the day.

The growing interaction between academic researchers and practitioners in the field of Healthy Stadia was explored, with many presentations underlining the benefits of partnerships established between research institutions, clubs / venues and governing bodies.

The conference was kindly supported by our partners at UEFA and World Heart Federation.

Conference Themes

The conference featured a wide range of plenary and breakout sessions led by national and European governing bodies of sport, foundation trusts, stadium operators, academic researchers and national government and explored the latest developments, trends and examples of best-practices relating to a wide range of cross-cutting themes relating to health and sport including:

  • Physical activity interventions
  • Sports sponsorship, catering options and health
  • Mental health and wellbeing interventions
  • Active travel and active spectatorship

  • Obesity and weight-loss interventions
  • Tobacco control and alcohol policies
  • Research and evaluation partnerships
  • Dementia friendly sports venues

Speaker Organisations

The conference programme featured a wide range of plenary and breakout sessions led by national and European governing bodies of sport, foundation trusts, stadium operators, academic researchers and national government.

  • Arsenal F.C.
  • UEFA
  • Sport England
  • Premiership Rugby
  • World Heart Federation
  • Portugues Football Federation
  • Lancashire CCC Foundation
  • EU Sport Unit
  • European Club Association

  • Amateur Swimming Association
  • Norwegian Football Federation
  • Rugby Football League
  • Everton in the Community
  • European Golf Tour
  • Gaelic Athletic Association
  • KAA Gent
  • English Premier League
  • FIFA

Conference Review

Over 200 delegates representing sports clubs, national associations, governing bodies of sport, stadium operators, public health and academia gathered to celebrate 10 years of the European Healthy Stadia Network. The conference featured 35 speakers, and was opened with a keynote speech from Ivan Gazidis, CEO of Arsenal Football Club.

The 2017 edition of the conference had a special emphasis on research partnerships between academic institutions and practitioners working in the cross-cutting fields of sport and public health and many delegates were keenly interested in how best to measure the impact of health interventions delivered through sport.

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Extra Time: Reflections

We reflect on a hugely successful conference in 2017 that demonstrated the power of sport to positively impact the health of fans, stadia staff and local communities.