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Promoting national implementation for sports club for health (sCFORH) programmes in member states

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Promoting national implementation for Sports Club for Health (SCforH) programmes in EU member states” –project was awarded by Erasmus+ Sport financing on the call of 2014. The total eligible budget of this project is about 568.000 euro, and it got about 455.000 euro (80%) subsidy from the EU. Promoting national implementation for Sports Club for Health (SCforH) programmes in EU member states” –project is based on SCforH -project 2009-2011, which was supported by the EU Preliminary Actions for Sport 2009.

This project is focused on two main objectives: 1) expert evaluation of previous efforts and efficacy in implementing SCforH programmes and guidelines, and 2) promoting national implementation of SCforH guidelines at both grass-root and governmental levels.

The project consortium consist of universities and sport federations from 9 EU-countries: Finland as applicant, partners from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Sweden.

The project outcomes are:

1) Report of current status of the SCforH programmes in EU countries

2) Recommendations for sport associations based on best practices on how to best support sport clubs to implement the SCforH Guidelines

3) Scientific articles about the evidence base for SCforH programmes

4) Updated SCforH guidelines

5) A resolution about how to promote SCforH programmes in EU –countries

Recently the implementation of the SCforH programmes was chosen as an indicator to assess HEPA –levels and HEPA –policies in the EU member countries (The Council Recommendation on Promoting Health-enhancing Physical Activity cross Sectors, 2013). As highlighted on the White Paper of the Sport, one cornerstone of sport systems and HEPA are sport clubs.

Therefore, grassroot-level sports clubs are in the main focus of this project. The dissemination of project outputs to the partner countries but also to the European level has a major part in the project


Research funding bodies



  • Zeljko Pedisic, University of Zagreb
  • Aoife Lane, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • European Non-governmental Sport Organisation (ENGSO)
  • Herbert Hartman, German Gymnastic Federation
  • Jan Seghers, University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven)
  • Pasi Koski, University of Turku
  • Sami Kokko, University of Jyväskylä