Main funder

Funder's project number: 613434-EPP-1-2019-1-HR-SPO-SCP

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 14 364,00

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Project timetable

Project start date: 01/01/2020

Project end date: 31/12/2022


Physical activity positively affects a number of physical, psychological, and social aspects of health and well-being (Koski et al. 2017). In 2008, EU Sport Ministers endorsed the EU Physical Activity Guidelines that recommend regular physical activity for all age groups. Despite that, the population prevalence of insufficient physical activity across the EU member states is still high, ranging from 20% to 50% (Guthold et al., 2018). This clearly indicates a need for further public health efforts to promote HEPA in the EU.
Sports and exercise are among the key types of HEPA, and studies have shown that sports club participation is a major contributor to the overall level of HEPA (Eime et al., 2015, Kokko et al., 2018). Investments in increasing sports club participation, through improved offer and quality of sport and exercise programmes, may therefore help reduce the number of insufficiently active people in the EU. Sports clubs have been chosen as the target setting for physical activity promotion, because: [i] they are among the organisational settings with the highest population reach; [ii] many of them seem to be exclusively focused on elite and sub-elite competitive sports; and [iii] they already have access to personnel, facilities and equipment needed to implement additional HEPA programs in their given sport. Better offer and quality of health-oriented recreational sporting activities are likely to result in increased sport participation, primarily among those who are not interested to engage in performance-focused high-level sport.
The overarching objective of this project is to increase participation in sport and HEPA in EU by encouraging sports clubs and associations to implement SCforH principles in their activities. The project has six specific aims: [i] To document the history and current status of the SCforH movement in the EU and provide recommendations for its future development; [ii] To develop an interactive SCforH online learning tool for the stakeholders in the area of sport interested in learning about, implementing, and promoting the SCforH principles; [iii] To further raise awareness of the SCforH guidelines among sports clubs, sport associations, HEPA promoters, and policymakers in the EU; [iv] To develop mechanisms for continuous promotion of SCforH principles in the EU by: a) encouraging the EU Physical Activity Focal Points to become ambassadors of SCforH movement in their countries and providing them relevant training; and b) supporting the implementation of the SCforH online learning tool in the curricula of tertiary education institutions for health promoters, physical educators, and sport and exercise practitioners. [v] To expand the scientific evidence base supporting the SCforH initiatives and their effective implementation; [vi] To further strengthen collaborations and partnerships between key EU stakeholders in the promotion of health through sport.

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