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Social innovation to improve physical activity and sedentary behaviour through elite European football clubs: European Fans in Training

Objective

Concept and aim: 20 million fans attend top division football games each week and many more watch on TV. Our social innovation is to attract people to lifestyle change through the personal connection and loyalty to the club they support. Our aim is to use this social innovation to change physical activity and sedentary behaviour, specially targeting low-SES groups, and men as well as women. EuroFIT is supported by UEFA and top football clubs.
Workplan: End-users and policy-makers are involved throughout. We will: a) produce a device (SitFIT) that provides real-time feedback on objectively measured sedentary time and physical activity; b) deploy and evaluate smartphone games to drive activity through social interaction (MatchFIT); c) integrate these with state-of-the-art evidence on behavioural change and its maintenance in a web-supported lifestyle programme delivered by top EU football clubs (EuroFIT)). We will evaluate EuroFIT in a multi-centre randomised controlled trial to assess impact on physical activity and sedentary behaviour, physical and mental health and weight. We will investigate the correlates of long-term changes and impact on participants’ families. Finally we will develop a robust strategy for replication of EuroFIT
Impact: We will generate excellent research evidence on the use of social innovation for health. Social impact will include reductions in health risk, improvements in well-being and the decreased inequalities as more men, especially those in low SES groups, are attracted to lifestyle change. Research impact will be achieved through new understanding of the how health indicators respond to change in sedentary behaviour and physical activity and through new knowledge of longterm maintenance of lifestyle changes. Policy impact will result from the production of clear implementation strategies and involvement of policy makers and opinion leaders from the outset, supported by a targeted communication strategy.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2013-INNOVATION-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 706 234,50
Administrative Contact
Joe Galloway (Dr.)

Participants (13)

PAL TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 542 926
Address
Richmond Street 50
G1 1XP Glasgow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Douglas Maxwell (Mr.)
EUROPEAN HEALTHY STADIA NEWORK CIC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 237 151,70
Address
Dale Street 151
L2 2JH Liverpool
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Matthew Philpott (Mr.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 501 278,14
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bart Van Leijen (Mr.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 323 047,30
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wim Van Oijen (Mr.)
NORGES IDRETTSHOGSKOLE
Norway
EU contribution
€ 937 876
Address
Sognsveien 220
0863 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lise Sofie Woie (Mrs.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Participation ended

Portugal
EU contribution
€ 192 274,47
Address
Alameda Da Universidade
1649 004 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carlos Neto (Prof.)
PINTAIL LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 198 000
Address
Springhill Avenue 77
A94 K542 Blackrock
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ciaran Clissmann (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 34 703,60
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Kidd (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 20 374,80
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zoe Kidd (Mrs.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 149 099
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andy Mcdonald (Mr.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 41 977,90
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elke Lammertyn (Dr.)
FACULDADE DE MOTRICIDADE HUMANA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 549 243,53
Address
Estrada Da Costa
1495-688 Cruz Quebrada Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Alvez Diniz (Prof.)
STICHTING VUMC
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 522 971,06
Address
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Koppelman (Mrs.)