24 Apr Network Undertakes Healthy Stadia Assessments of Stadia for UEFA Club Competition Finals
As part of its partnership with the World Heart Federation and UEFA’s Football and Social Responsibility Department, Healthy Stadia is currently undertaking health impact assessments for the host stadia of UEFA’s two main European club competition finals for 2014: Champions League – Estádio da Luz (SL Benfica); and, the UEFA Europa League – Juventus Stadium (Juventus FC).
Both stadia and their respective clubs have already undertaken a baseline survey that has provided an initial benchmark of any health promoting policies and practices they currently operate, not only those affecting fans on a match-day, but policies improving the health of their staff workforce and projects promoting health in their local communities. In addition, information has been gathered on any partnerships that have been developed with local stakeholders in order to deliver health interventions, whilst the health needs of the local population have also been taken into account.
In the first week of April, Healthy Stadia will be making site visits to both of the host stadia to understand more about the policies and practices in action, success to date in their implementation, and how they have impacted on local populations. Healthy Stadia will meet with representatives from stadia management, tenant clubs and local stakeholders to discuss the findings and any gaps disclosed through the baseline audit, and how new policies and practices can be developed over the following 12-18 months, acting as a positive health legacy for stadia and their communities as a result of hosting the competition Final.
The final step in the assessment process will be development of a set of agreed upon recommendations in the form of a bespoke action plan, integrating new health initiatives into operations at host stadia, including agreed upon deliverables and a monitoring framework to help facilitate delivery and feedback.
If your club or stadium would like to find out about undertaking a Healthy Stadia Assessment and the benefits tyhis can bring to your club, fans and local communities, please contact: