Public health is a key priority for developed and developing nations. Indeed, many countries have sought strategies to promote health and reduce health inequalities. A ‘settings approach’ to promoting health has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, which has seen settings such as workplaces, schools, hospitals and prisons utilised to promote health. Alongside this, sport has received increasing pressure to consider its social role within the societies and communities in which it operates. Healthy Stadia is a European focused initiative with lessons relevant for global audiences to develop: (i) healthier stadium environments for fans and non-matchday visitors (e.g. smoke-free environments), (ii) healthier club workforces (e.g. bike to work schemes) and (iii) healthier populations in local communities (e.g. child obesity interventions).

This book outlines lessons and insight from practitioners and empirical research for those seeking to learn and research stadia as a settings approach to health promotion.  The areas covered include: practical considerations for health promotion in sports stadia; empirical research on the sports stadia as a setting for public health promotion; research on physical activity and health promotion programmes delivered by the outward facing community trusts attached to sports clubs; an analysis of the policy considerations for health promotion by sports clubs in school based settings and critical insight and discussion surrounding the use of physical activity and sport interventions to promote physical activity and public health. The chapters in this book originally published in a special issue of Sport in Society.

chapter |6 pages


Healthy stadia: an insight from policy to practice
ByDaniel Parnell, Kathryn Curran, Matthew Philpott

chapter |15 pages

Perspectives from those involved in healthy stadia

ByDaniel Cade, Kathryn Curran, Andy Fuller, Jenny Hacker, Clive Knight, Simon Lansley, Daniel Parnell, Matthew Philpott

chapter |17 pages

Who ate all the pies? The importance of food in the Australian sporting experience

ByKeith D. Parry, Timothy Hall, Alastair Baxter

chapter |7 pages

Sport heritage and the healthy stadia agenda: an overview

ByGregory Ramshaw

chapter |9 pages

An evaluation of opportunistic health checks at cricket matches: the Boundaries for Life initiative

ByChet Trivedy, Ivo Vlaev, Russell Seymour, Matthew Philpott

chapter |9 pages

Health promotion orientation of GAA sports clubs in Ireland

ByAoife Lane, Niamh Murphy, Alex Donohoe, Colin Regan

chapter |14 pages

The community impact of football pitches: a case study of Maidstone United FC

ByAnthony May, Daniel Parnell

chapter |12 pages

Success of a sports-club led-community X-PERT Diabetes Education Programme

ByAngela Morgan, Dee Drew, Angela Clifford, Katrina Hull

chapter |11 pages

Tackling mental health: the role of professional football clubs

ByKathryn Curran, Simon Rosenbaum, Daniel Parnell, Brendon Stubbs, Andy Pringle, Jackie Hargreaves

chapter |11 pages

Sport policy and English primary physical education: the role of professional football clubs in outsourcing

ByDaniel Parnell, Ed Cope, Richard Bailey, Paul Widdop

chapter |9 pages

Lessons from the field for working in Healthy Stadia: physical activity practitioners reflect on ‘sport’

ByJim McKenna, Thomas Quarmby, Nicky Kime, Daniel Parnell, Stephen Zwolinsky