‘Healthy Goals’ Lifestyle Programme Available for Club Foundations

‘Healthy Goals’ Lifestyle Programme Available for Club Foundations

Healthy Stadia has developed a successful healthy lifestyle programme that can be delivered to groups of young people enrolled on social inclusion programmes for young people delivered by sports club community foundations. Trialled over 2015 with Everton in the Community – the official charity of Everton Football Club – the Healthy Goals programme is now available for all clubs as a way to embed key life skills for young people entering further education, work or vocational training.

Using a ‘train the trainer’ approach, Healthy Goals builds capacity within community departments for staff to deliver a healthy lifestyle programme that has been developed by senior public health and behaviour change practitioners. The programme takes a balanced approach to educating on healthier lifestyles, giving young people a greater understanding of the issues at stake and empowering them to make informed decisions.

Key themes considered during the course include:  

  • Physical activity and fitness
  • Healthier diet, cooking and shopping for food
  • Alcohol and sensible drinking
  • Tobacco and cannabis use
  • Illegal recreational drugs and new psychoactive substances

In addition to healthy lifestyle education, young people will also benefit from an introduction to ‘goal setting’ as a key tool for helping to make lifestyle choices. The theme of setting short-term and long-term goals runs through the programme, offering participants a framework for making changes to lifestyle, and structuring future life choices. Staff receive specific training on goal setting from behaviour change practitioners, and a set of practical tools to help with delivery.

We can offer the following package to clubs: 

  • A bespoke staff training course covering healthy lifestyles and goal setting
  • An 8 module healthy lifestyle programme that can be completed in 4 to 8 weeks
  • Access to the Healthy Goals web portal containing healthy lifestyle teaching modules, practical exercises, course materials and slide presentations
  • Ability to develop bespoke web portal for your own programme with localised information and branding
  • Monitoring and evaluation framework

Talking about the pilot programme with Everton in the Community, Joe Rowe, NCS Manager, Everton in the Community (Everton Football Club) said: “We had a range of different young people access Healthy Goals through our NCS programme. The best part about Healthy Goals is that it doesn’t just focus on one particular health theme, and we have seen significant improvement in health behaviours of a number of our young people through the sessions. In particular the alcohol sessions which have had a real impact on the young people, as they are now a lot more open when talking about some of the issues they face and some situations they have found themselves in relation to alcohol.”

To find out more about the Healthy Goals programme, and for an initial chat please contact:

Matthew Philpott, Executive Director – Healthy Stadia

matthew.philpott@healthystadia.eu / +44 (0)7826533013


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