Sport clubs for health

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This HEPA Europe working group is developing and implementing a Sports Club for Health (SCforH) programme in collaboration with TAFISA, the association for international Sport for All.

Sport clubs, the backbone of the sport movement, can make an important contribution to addressing low levels of physical activity in Europe. They see an increasingly stronger investment into health-related sports and physical activity promotion as an important opportunity.

The working group has produced a methodological basis and guidance for the SCforH programme (see "Background" below). With support from an Erasmus+Collaborative Partnership project, in 2015-2017 the working group will focus on identifying SCforH actions carried out in European countries and on supporting their implementation, on research on sports club participations contribution to physical activity levels of adolescents, adults and elderly and finally updating the existing SCforH guidelines.

To join this activity, please contact HEPA Europe at hepaeurope@who.int.

Working group members and partners

The group is co-led by Mr Sami Kokko University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Ms Aoife Lane, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, Ms Ulla Nykänen and Mr Timo Hämäläinen, Finnish Sports Confederation (VALO).The working group closely collaborates with the European part of the Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA), the European Nongovernmental Sport Organisation (ENGSO), the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) and the European Federation for Company Sports (EFCS).

Background

In 2010-2011, the work was supported by a previous grant of the Directorate General on Education and Culture (DG EAC) as part of the "preparatory action in the field of sport". This part of the project held its concluding symposium on 6-8 February 2011 in Vantaa, Finland, attended by 44 participants from 14 countries. The SCforH guidelines were launched at the Third conference and annual meeting of HEPA Europe in October 2011. The guidelines are available in English, Croatian, Polish and Hebrew (see Sports Club for Health project website - Materials).