Morning Plenary

Plenary Session One

Football, Health & Wellbeing

Professional football clubs, league operators and governing bodies are ideally positioned to tap into the loyalty exhibited by millions of fans across Europe to develop innovative programmes to tackle a broad range of issues from physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour to food, nutrition and alcohol consumption.

The first plenary session explored the role football can play to promote and encourage individuals to make small but significant changes to their lives and contribute toward improving population level health and wellbeing.

CSR in European Club Football

Marc Schmidgall & Eva Coens

Physical Activity, Sedentary Time and Weight Loss Interventions for Football Fans

Sally Wyke & André Sabra

Football Fitness and FIFA 11 for Health

Peter Krustrup

Special Presentation

Reassessing Wellbeing Indicators for Community Sports Interventions

Wellbeing is something that is persistently hard to define, but economic, social, environmental, democratic and personal factors are all known to influence how a person feels and their quality of life.

Nancy Hey, Director of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, explored how wellbeing indicators can be used in community sports interventions, to complement harder outcome measures. 

Nancy Hey

Plenary Session Two

How Sport and Sports Venues Can Address Mental Health & Inclusivity Issues

Over the past 30 years, settings-based health promotion has become a prominent feature in efforts to tackle the burden of non-communicable diseases. It is based on the notion that investment in social environments is more effective than placing emphasis on the individual to modify their behaviour. Settings usually refer to the fundamental facilities and systems of an organisation and can be thought of as having physical boundaries, but they also encompass a number of intangible components including sociocultural factors and organisation structure and policy.

Organisations such as the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFÉ) have taken a settings-based approach to address accessibility issues in sports stadia to provide a more inclusive matchday experience for disabled supporters across Europe.

There are now several examples of sports organisations that have taken learning from both of these agendas to develop their facilities to accommodate for those suffering from dementia and / or mental health issues. The second plenary discussed the challenges organisations may face in addressing inclusivity issues.

Inclusive Swimming Facilities

Jamie Hooper

Research Partnership: Everton F.C. and Edge Hill University

Michael Salla & Andy Smith