Feyenoord host 1st International Meeting for ‘Scoring for Health’
This week saw Feyenoord hosting their fellow participants in the EFDN’s ‘Scoring for Health‘ programme at De Kuip, their stadium in Rotterdam. The collaborating clubs; Club Brugge, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Legia Warsaw, Brentford FC, Chelsea FC and Shakhtar Donetsk joined Feyenoord for the two days which included presentations, a tour of the stadium and the city and time for networking and discussions about the programme.
The’Scoring for Health’ programme, which is co-funded by the UEFA Foundation for Children, will last for 2 1/2 years and is targeted at fighting childhood obesity, specifically at children from the ages of 7 to 13 and their parents, with a view to encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make them aware of the value of eating healthily and being active.
Over 2 periods of 20 weeks, a particular focus will be given to eating habits and physical exercise at schools where the children will be given be interactive classes, and educational workshops on a weekly basis on topics such as nutrition, cooking, physical activity and football sessions. The launch and close out events will be held at the stadiums or elite academies of the participating clubs with players from the club supporting them. A ‘Scoring for Health’ website and social media channels will provide participants with online resources and tools to support their healthy living journey and will allow them to keep track of their progress and interact with their peers.
The first day of the international meeting saw an introduction to the project by EFDN along with a valuable presentation from Feyenoord on a similar programme they are currently running, Fitter Met Feyenoord, in which they shared their experience and learnings. The other participants then presented on their own health-related programmes which provided some insights on how ‘Scoring for Health’ can be adopted into their local delivery. The day then finished with the tour of the stadium, city and a group dinner. The second day started with a presentation from EFDN CEO, Hubert Rovers, providing a detailed explanation of the ‘Scoring for Health’ methodology with EFDN’s project manager Martyn Rijkhoff finishing things off by providing information on how the programme will be monitored and evaluated and also details on the project finance.
The next ‘Scoring for Health’ meeting will be hosted by Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge in London and we look forward to seeing everyone again and hearing how each participant has progressed with their local delivery.