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Healthy Stadia

An Insight from Policy to Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Daniel Parnell, Kathryn Curran, Matthew Philpott


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Public health is a key priority for developed and developing nations. Indeed, many countries have sought strategies to promote health and reduce health inequalities. A ‘settings approach’ to promoting health has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, which has seen settings such as workplaces, schools, hospitals and prisons utilised to promote health. Alongside this, sport has received increasing pressure to consider its social role within the societies and communities in which it operates. Healthy Stadia is a European focused initiative with lessons relevant for global audiences to develop: (i) healthier stadium environments for fans and non-matchday visitors (e.g. smoke-free environments), (ii) healthier club workforces (e.g. bike to work schemes) and (iii) healthier populations in local communities (e.g. child obesity interventions).

This book outlines lessons and insight from practitioners and empirical research for those seeking to learn and research stadia as a settings approach to health promotion. The areas covered include: practical considerations for health promotion in sports stadia; empirical research on the sports stadia as a setting for public health promotion; research on physical activity and health promotion programmes delivered by the outward facing community trusts attached to sports clubs; an analysis of the policy considerations for health promotion by sports clubs in school based settings and critical insight and discussion surrounding the use of physical activity and sport interventions to promote physical activity and public health. The chapters in this book originally published in a special issue of Sport in Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction:Healthy stadia: an insight from policy to practice

Daniel Parnell, Kathryn Curran and Matthew Philpott

1. Perspectives from those involved in healthy stadia

Daniel Cade, Kathryn Curran, Andy Fuller, Jenny Hacker, Clive Knight, Simon Lansley, Daniel Parnell and Matthew Philpott

2. Who ate all the pies? The importance of food in the Australian sporting experience

Keith D. Parry, Timothy Hall and Alastair Baxter

3. Sport heritage and the healthy stadia agenda: an overview

Gregory Ramshaw

4. An evaluation of opportunistic health checks at cricket matches: the Boundaries for Life initiative

Chet Trivedy, Ivo Vlaev, Russell Seymour and Matthew Philpott

5.Health promotion orientation of GAA sports clubs in Ireland

Aoife Lane, Niamh Murphy, Alex Donohoe and Colin Regan

6.The community impact of football pitches: a case study of Maidstone United FC

Anthony May and Daniel Parnell

7. Improving the physical and mental well-being of typically hard-to-reach men: an investigation of the impact of the Active Rovers project

Colin J. Lewis, Matthew J. Reeves and Simon J. Roberts

8. Success of a sports-club led-community X-PERT Diabetes Education Programme

Angela Morgan, Dee Drew, Angela Clifford and Katrina Hull

9. Tackling mental health: the role of professional football clubs

Kathryn Curran, Simon Rosenbaum, Daniel Parnell, Brendon Stubbs, Andy Pringle and Jackie Hargreaves

10.Sport policy and English primary physical education: the role of professional football clubs in outsourcing

Daniel Parnell, Ed Cope, Richard Bailey and Paul Widdop

11.‘It brings the lads together’: a critical exploration of older men’s experiences of a weight management programme delivered through a Healthy Stadia project

Lorena Lozano-Sufrategui, Andy Pringle, David Carless and Jim McKenna

12.Lessons from the field for working in Healthy Stadia: physical activity practitioners reflect on ‘sport’

Jim McKenna, Thomas Quarmby, Nicky Kime, Daniel Parnell and Stephen Zwolinsky

About the Editors

Daniel Parnell is a Senior Lecturer in Business Management. He has extensive research leadership experience with national interventions that aim to use sport to develop social and health outcomes.

Kathryn Curran is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health and Non-Executive Director of the NGO European Healthy Stadia Network. Kathryn’s primary research interests and outputs centre on the design, implementation and evaluation of community physical activity and health interventions.

Matthew Philpott is Executive Director of the NGO European Healthy Stadia Network. Matthew has worked in the area of health promoting settings for over 12 years, with an initial research background in philosophy and psychology.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society – Contemporary Perspectives

The social, cultural (including media) and political study of sport is an expanding area of scholarship and related research. While this area has been well served by the Sport in the Global Society series, the surge in quality scholarship over the last few years has necessitated the creation of Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives. The series will publish the work of leading scholars in fields as diverse as sociology, cultural studies, media studies, gender studies, cultural geography and history, political science and political economy. If the social and cultural study of sport is to receive the scholarly attention and readership it warrants, a cross-disciplinary series dedicated to taking sport beyond the narrow confines of physical education and sport science academic domains is necessary. Sport in the Global Society: Contemporary Perspectives will answer this need.

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