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Promoting Adolescent health through an intervention aimed at improving the quality of their participation in Physical Activity

Objective

The background of this project is related to the role of sport in two recent White Papers from the Commission on an integrated EU approach to reducing ill health and enhancing public health, the White Paper on A Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity related health issues and the White Paper on Sport. The project centres on the development and validation of a new method in health promotion, namely a community-based coach education program aimed at promoting the psychosocial development and adoption of healthy lifestyles among young people in Europe. The proposed project will foster collaboration between major research groups representing 5 countries (8 universities) in the European Community and promote the integration of their ongoing research efforts centred on health promotion in youth from two perspectives, namely (a) motivational processes and optimal functioning in the physical domain among young people, and (b) cross-national differences in and environmental impacts on children’s health behaviour. In terms of study design, the PAPA project will examine differences between the provision of youth sport and its health related impacts as currently exists in the targeted countries and a youth sport intervention designed to enhance personal competence, relatedness and self determination of the young players aged 10-14 and their adoption of a healthy lifestyle. In examining the effectiveness of the intervention programme, the pre- and post-season (plus beginning of the subsequent season follow-up) responses of coaches and players in the intervention arm (representing 50 football teams) will be contrasted to a control group of 30 coaches and their players.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Address

Edgbaston
B15 2tt Birmingham

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 213 664

Administrative Contact

Robert Fekete (Mr.)

Participants (7)

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UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 602 027

UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 352 373

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER GRENOBLE 1

France

EU Contribution

€ 268 089

EPITROPI EREUNON PANEPISTIMIOU THESSALIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 238 747

NORGES IDRETTSHOGSKOLE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 129 745

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 81 862

YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 94 173

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 223600

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2009

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 785 303,20

  • EU contribution

    € 2 980 680

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom