Sport Clubs for Health-enhancement,

Activation, Modernisation and Participation

Final outcome: Online Course 

Learn what innovative practices sport clubs can use to improve their membership and participation in sport.


The main aim of the CHAMP project is to give the sports movement innovative tools and education for modernisation. The findings will be distributed through an online course which offers fresh insights as well as current trends and solutions for physical activity promotion.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To carry out research on the benefits of modernisation and innovation within the sport movement.

  • To do research on and identify innovative practices inside and outside of the sport movement to increase physical activity and sport participation.

  • To produce and disseminate educational content on these innovative practices to modernise the sport movement and to make the educational material available for the public free of charge in a Massive Open Online Course.



Project development


How can knowledge and understanding about modernisation and innovative practices within and outside of the traditional sports movement attract Europeans to become more physically active?

Sport & Psycho-social Initiative

for Inclusive Training

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Aim of the Project:

To develop a framework for humane, inclusive and empowering coaching and sport clubs that nurture mental wellbeing.

This shall be achieved by:

  1. Collecting and compiling relevant research review and useful best practice examples in the field of sport and mental health.

  2. Developing key recommendations for educating coaches that advance the mental wellbeing of their sports participants. These recommendations for coaches’ education, will be based on the research review and mapping study on best practices.

  3. Creating a coaching framework that presents the academic case (based on research review) for sports and mental health in an accessible manner and utilises best practice examples to guide the learner through an educational path.

  4. Producing an accessible online learning course, facilitating the skills development of coaches in a flexible way. This online educational content will be publicly available and free.


Key findings translations 




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Project Description


Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises one’s own potential and is able to make a contribution to one’s community. It encompasses emotional resilience, allowing us to enjoy life and overcome disappointments and sadness. Belief in our own, and others’ dignity and worth, underlies mental health.


Coaching is an important area for mental well-being. In sports, the coaching professionals and volunteers not only promote future competitive success and the adoption of an active lifestyle, but also create the basis for lifelong health and well-being. Participating in sports supports mental health development and even the small acts and words that people encounter in sports can steer the future course of their lives.

Based on the collection and analysis of evidence-based research and best practice, a set of recommendations will be developed to push for change top-down, targeting stakeholders responsible for coach education at the highest level.


In order to transform sport at the grassroots level directly, we will develop a handbook for inclusive coaching. For maximum impact, an online learning tool will be developed to provide innovative and easy-access training for coaches.

In the course of the SPIRIT project, 13 national and international events will be organised in Germany, Finland, Greece, Spain, Belgium and Bulgaria, targeting groups such as coaches, sports clubs, national sports confederations and National Olympic Committees, sports federations, universities, mental health organisations, refugee organisations, and decision-makers at different levels.

The implementation of the concept of positively humane coaching can decrease drop-out levels in sport, thus increasing physical activity and improving public health. Moreover, vibrant and welcoming sports clubs result in more cohesive communities and societies, enhancing social inclusion.

Timeline of the project

Project Team Meeting - Kick Off!

March 2020


Publish Research Review (IO1)

Dec 2020


Steering Meeting - Helsinki

Jan 2021


Publish Mapping of Good Practices (IO2)

Jan 2021


Multiplier Event - Germany

June 2021


Project Team Meeting - Spain

June 2021


Publish Coaching Framework (IO4)

July 2021


Publish Key  Recommendations (IO3)

Sep 2021


Steering Meeting - Germany

Oct 2021


Multiplier Event – Greece, Belgium, Finland, Spain and Bulgaria

Nov 2021


Project Team Meeting - Athens

Feb 2022


Initial Launch of Online Education Course (IO5)

Feb 2022


Multiplier Event – Greece, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Bulgaria and Germany

Sep 2022


Final Launch of Online Education Course (IO5)

Oct 2022


Publication of Evaluation report and findings (IO6)

Dec 2022


Final European Conference and Project Team Meeting

Dec 2022