Promoting National Implementation of SCforH Programs in EU Member states, funded by Erasmus+Sport -programme.

“Promoting national implementation for Sport Club for Health (SCforH) programmes in EU member states” –project was based on SCforH -project 2009-2011, which was supported by the EU Preliminary Actions for Sport 2009. As an outcome of the previous SCforH 2009-2011 work, SCforH guidelines were developed and published. The document provides guidance for sports clubs to develop, implement and promote health-enhancing sporting activities. Also, an European-level network around the issue was established and generated.

This project was 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 consisted 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 were:

1) Report of current status of the SCforH programmes in EU countries (the broad report will be published soon)

2) Recommendations for sport associations based on best practices on how to best support sport clubs to implement the SCforH Guidelines (in these websites, check “Sport Association” Chapter)

3) Scientific articles about the evidence base for SCforH programmes (one article will be published during year 2017)

4) Updated SCforH guidelines (in 5 languages: English, Finnish, French, German and Swedish)

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

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 were in the main focus of this project. The dissemination of project outputs to the partner countries but also to the European level had a major part in the project.

 Finnish Sports Confederation (1.1.2015-31.12.2016 and Finnish Olympic Committee (1.1.2017-30.6.2017)

Budget in the grant agreement: 568.000 euro

Summary of partners


  1. University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group, Department of Kinesiology
  2. Gymnastics Federation


  1. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Kinesiology

Czech Republic

  1. Palacky University Olomouc


  1. University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences
  2. University of Turku
  3. Finnish Sports Confederation (1.1.2015-31.12.2016 and Finnish Olympic Committee (1.1.2017-30.6.2017) and it´s Finnish federation partners: Finnish Gymnastics Federation, Finnish Swimming Association; Finnish Boxing Association; Equestrian Federation of Finland; Regional Sport Federations in Finland: Etelä-Suomen Liikunta ja Urheilu ry (ESLU); Pohjanmaan Liikunta ja Urheilu ry (PLU)


  1. German Gymnastic Federation


  1. Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
  2. Gaelic Athletic Association


  1. Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences
  2. Riksidrottsförbundet (Swedish Sport Confederation)

International (France)

  1. European Non-governmental Sport Organisation, ENGSO
  2. International Sport and Culture Organisation, ISCA (associated partner)