Health promoting sports clubs: from theory to intervention

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Aurélie Van Hoye
1 Master in sport sciences, McPhil in Public Health, PhD in sports psychology, Research Fellow *

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Catherine Woods
2 Professor

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Stacey Johnson
3 Postdoctoral researcher

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Susanna Geidne
4 Associate Professor

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Alex Donaldson
5 Research Fellow

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Florence Rostan
6 Project Manager

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Fabienne Lemonnier
7 Project Manager

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Anne Vuillemin
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*Dr Aurélie Van Hoye


1, 2 University Of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

3, 8 Université Côte d'Azur, Nice, France

4 University of Örebro, Örebro, Sweden

5 La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

6, 7 Santé publique France, Paris, France


10 January 2023 Volume 23 Issue 1


RECEIVED: 20 September 2022

ACCEPTED: 20 September 2022


Van Hoye A, Woods C, Johnson S, Geidne S, Donaldson A, Rostan F, Lemonnier F, Vuillemin A.  Health promoting sports clubs: from theory to intervention. Rural and Remote Health 2023; 23: 8139. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH8139


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Introduction: Beyond the contribution of sports clubs to physical activity, an important health determinant, sports clubs can embrace the settings-based approach to health promotion, acting as health promoting sports clubs (HPSC). Limited research links the HPSC concept with evidence-driven strategies to provide guidance to develop HPSC interventions.

Methods: An intervention building a research system of the development of an HPSC intervention will be presented, including seven different studies, from literature review to intervention co-construction and evaluation. The different steps and their results will be presented as lessons learnt for settings-based intervention development.

Results: First, the evidence base showed a poorly defined HPSC concept, but 14 evidence-driven strategies. Second, concept mapping identified 35 sports clubs needs in regard to HPSC. Third, the HPSC model and intervention framework were designed using a participative research approach. Fourth, a measurement tool for HPSC was validated psychometrically. Fifth, capitalization of experience from eight exemplar HPSC projects was realized to test the intervention theory. Sixth, program co-construction was realized by involving sports club actors. Seventh, intervention evaluation was built by the research team.

Discussion: This HPSC intervention development is an example of building a health promotion program, implicating different types of stakeholders, and provide a HPSC theoretical model, HPSC intervention strategies, a program and toolkit, for sports clubs to implement health promotion and fully endorse their role in the community.

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