Healthy Stadia Conference 2013

Healthy Stadia Conference: 2013

Our second conference demonstrated that professional sports clubs such as Manchester City FC, FC Barcelona and VfL Wolfsburg, plus major sports events including UEFA EURO 2012 and the London 2012 Olympics, are effective in promoting healthier lifestyles to fans and their local communities.

The Conference showcased examples of current policy and practice from both the UK and continental Europe, underlining the considerable success to date of sports stadia in improving levels of health. The conference attracted over 200 delegates, and 40 high profile speakers from clubs, governing bodies of sport and key health organisations across Europe.

Examples of successful community health interventions, such as improving children’s exercise and diet through the ‘Scoring for Health’ project in The Netherlands, and raising levels of men’s health through the Scottish Premier League’s ‘Football Fans in Training’ project were discussed.

In addition, original proposals made on the day by participants included: a new network of cycling routes to UK stadia inspired by the success of the London 2012 Olympics; provision of free water to children at sports fixtures; and, training of stadium stewards to deliver quit smoking advice to fans before entering grounds.

Keynote Presentations

Amy Shepherd

Premier League

Charanjit Jagait

World Heart Federation

Gerhard Steffes

European Commission

John Benson Smith

Manchester City FC

Kristina Gawriljuk


Lisa Kimpton

Manchester City FC in the Community

Marcel Beerthuizen

More Than Football Foundation (NL)

Matthew Philpott

Healthy Stadia

Nicola Francis

Transport for London

Patrick Gasser


Sami Kokko

University of Jyvaskyla

Concessions and Catering

Ravi Masih

Aston Villa FC

Wayne Morris

Premiership Rugby

Physical Activity and Men’s Health

Cindy Gray

University of Glasgow

Kathryn Curran and Dan Parnell

LJMU & University of Derby

Nico Briskorn & Juha Villanen

VfL Wolsburg & Muuvit

Tobacco Control and Smoking Cessation

Jo McCullagh

Heart of Mersey

Luminita Sanda

World Health Organisation

Sustainability, Sport & Health

Bruce Cruse

England and Wales Cricket Board

Darren Crossman

Millenium Stadium

Deidre O’Sullivan

AVIVA Stadium

Peter Goodwin

Closed Loop

Richard Smith


Russell Seymour

British Association for Sustainability in Sport

Partnership Building

Chris Rostron

Rugby League Cares

Niccolo Lanati

University of Pavia

Robin Ireland

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