Closing of the Sports Club for Health Project of the Finnish Olympic Committee

Erasmus+ Sport co-financed Sports Club for Health -project (SCforH) ends on the 30th of June after 2,5 years period. Project has been led by the Finnish Olympic Committee (earlier Sports Confederation VALO) and ENGSO has been one of the partners, especially focusing on dissemination activities. The Closing Seminar of the project took place in Brussels at the European Parliament on the 25th of April getting together around 50 participants from Parliament, European Commission’s Sport Unit, International Sport Federations and other stakeholders. In addition, around 300 people followed the online streaming broadcast.

Project management is very satisfied with the project results, as the objectives of the project have been reached: the current status of SCforH programmes in Europe has been studied, SCforH guidelines have been updated and tools for dissemination have been developed and collected for sports clubs and sport associations. One of the main outcomes of the project is that organised sport has a great potential to promote health through grassroots sports. Health-enhancing physical activities in an organised sport club setting can be a real win-win situation, as this can be a way for sports clubs to attract new members as well as to develop their activities. In addition, this way the organised sport answers to the societal challenges and expectations that the society has towards it.

Most of the outputs of the project are available on its website. Scientific articles will be added there after they have been published (during autumn 2017) in scientific publications. Besides the website, you can follow the legacy of the project with the project’s Twitter account “SCforH”.

No meeting without an active break! Jan Seghers from KU Leuven adding energy to the Closing Seminar. #dowhatyoupreach / ©Sari Kuosmanen