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New WHO tool to empower organised sports clubs to promote health

A women's hockey match

While sports clubs can often be seen as places for competition and athletic performance, there are many opportunities for sports clubs to contribute to overall health improvements in the community that have not yet fully been harnessed.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) new Health-Promoting Sports Clubs – National Audit Tool will help countries of the WHO European Region to develop this potential while increasing physical activity levels, improving health literacy and promoting healthier choices.

The National Audit tool can help countries to review how effectively they support sports clubs to promote health and, if needed, take steps for further improvement. It offers a method to gather data on existing policies and strategies, measure national commitment, identify key stakeholders, raise awareness on existing practices, and share positive and negative experiences.

It will support the new WHO Sports and Health Programme, launched in April 2022 to help people all over the world lead healthy lives by promoting participation in sports and working with the sports community to advance health for all.