Policy and research

SCforH related policy

Sports Club for Health (SCforH) is a large international initiative supported by the European Commission, European network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity – HEPA Europe, European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation (ENGSO), European Federation for Company Sports (EFCS), International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), and The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA). More than 30 partner, associate, and supporting institutions from 12 European countries have been involved in two funded SCforH projects. SCforH has been mentioned more than 30 times in academic publications and 140 times in other published media.

In 2016, 42% of the European national umbrella sport organisations and national Olympic committees, 54% of national sport-for-all organisations, and 20% of national sport organisations indicated that they were aware of the SCforH approach. Furthermore, there are almost a million sports clubs and more than 60 million sports club members in Europe. Recent findings from nine European countries have indicated that 37% of the sports clubs offer health-enhancing physical activity pro-grammes, whilst 75% feel that their sport disciplines are suitable as health-enhancing physical activities. Overall, this shows that a great potential exists for the future implementation of the SCforH approach in sports clubs across Europe.