Factors influencing the implementation of the EuroFIT lifestyle change program in professional football clubs in Europe: a qualitative study in four European countries

Øystein Røynesdal m.fl.

(Publisert i Translational Behavioral Medicine, 24.1.2023)

The European Football Fans in Training program (EuroFIT) led to health improvements in male football fans delivered through professional sports clubs in England, the Netherlands, Norway, and Portugal. This study looked at what factors influenced the implementation of the program. Facilitators for implementation related to the content and structure of the program, its evidence-base, and the context for delivery in the football stadia. Financial and human resources were both facilitators and barriers. Further barriers were mostly practical, relating to human resources and infrastructure. Major differences between countries related to experience and commitment to running community projects, and differences in infrastructure, financing, and human resources. Professional football clubs’ ability to support health promotion efforts depended on their ethos and financial and human resources available to them. Overall, the EuroFIT program was well received by clubs, coaches, participants, and stakeholders, which was reflected by the many facilitators supporting sustained implementation. Yet, an important prerequisite for the future roll out of EuroFIT would be a strong EuroFIT delivery partner organization to ensure financial and human resources, while overseeing and guiding the quality of delivery in clubs.

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