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Everton Launch Innovative Health Study

Mon 8th Jun 2015 | Football Club Management

Everton Football Club is aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of its workforce by undertaking a unique research project with Edge Hill University.

The independent study, which is the first of its kind to be conducted by a professional football club, asks Everton staff to complete a survey on a range of topics including their sleep patterns, exercise regimes and diet.

The findings will be used to develop an improved wellbeing programme that is tailored to the needs of employees and ultimately aims to enhance health at work and quality of life.

Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Deputy Chief Executive of Everton Football Club, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for staff to help shape the Club’s health and wellbeing offering.

“We are wholly committed to providing all of our employees with a wellbeing programme that will enable them to be healthy and happy, both in and out of the workplace, and this informed approach allows us to offer activities that suit the lifestyles and needs of our workforce.

“Also, as a Club with a history of firsts, we are proud to become the first football club to undertake such an innovative and beneficial study alongside a fantastic academic university like Edge Hill.”

Researchers at Edge Hill University are leading the project as part of their long-standing partnership with the Club.

Once they have garnered an understanding of the overall health of the organisation, the research team will identify key topic areas to be discussed in a second phase involving focus groups to explore the type of wellbeing activities employees would like to see within their organisation.

The partnership between Everton and Edge Hill dates back to 2013 when the Blues’ official charity teamed up with the university to undertake research-led projects and student academic placements, in a bid to improve the programmes that Everton in the Community offer to the local community.

A five-year collaboration was officially launched in May 2014 to continue this research, specifically in the areas of public health and physical activity, sport policy and community sport development. 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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