After a successful transfer of the Healthy Club Quality Mark to Bulgaria and Malta, a new project is now ready to transfer the same concept to Italy and Romania in order to provide local communities in Slovenia, Italy and Romania with quality and accessible sport and physical activity programs.

The overall scope of the project is to encourage participation in sport and physical activity, especially by supporting the implementation of the EU Physical Activity Guidelines.


Sports Union of Slovenia has developed a quality mark program called “HEALTHY CLUB”. The primary purpose of the project is to promote organized, regular, professionally managed, properly structured recreational sport activities that take place in sport organisations throughout Slovenia.

Besides promoting physical activity to public on national level, the main goals of the project are the following:

  • Recognizing sport organisations and organisations with organized, regular, properly structured, professionally managed recreational sport activities and granting them with quality mark Healthy club.
  • Development of cross-sectoral cooperation to promote healthy exercise programmes and the benefits of an active lifestyle.
  • Increasing the number of citizens that participate in organized, regular sport activities as well as in sport and social events.
  • Promotion of Healthy clubs and their programs.
  • Education of trainers.
  • To monitor and to upgrade sport and physical activity offer in relation with evidence-based research.
  • To support the customers in selecting recognised organisations implementing certified activities.
  • To support networking and development of the organisations (management, sustainability, communication, promotion, networking …).
  • To reduce the impact of healthy risk factors.
  • To promote cross-sector partnerships with other sectors at different levels.

The main project activities are training, seminars and networking activities; consultancies; publications and research; ABC training; support in purchasing sport equipment and accessories at favourable conditions and other kind of promotional support.

The main target groups are the local sport for all organisations; trainers, coaches, volunteers and staff of the organisations; members and potential members; partners active in other sectors. On long-term basis, we intend to further develop cross-sector partnerships with health and academy sectors and media.

The Quality mark

The Quality mark “Healthy Clubs” can be obtained by sport organisations that are:

  • offering well designed programmes, prepared for a specific group of users and led by qualified and licensed trainers, in appropriate infrastructure and with adequate equipment;
  • running sustainable activities, financially and economically stable (“healthy management”)
  • monitoring the frequency rates of members and their progresses
  • cooperating with health institutions in order to promote regular physical activities in their local environment
  • implementing the Healthy exercise programme ABC.

Healthy club Quality Mark has become recognised in Slovenia with regular cooperation with different stakeholders active in different sectors, including public health, local public bodies, insurances, education and research.

“Healthy Clubs” are implementing a wide range of activities and engaging a wide range of groups, including people with disability, youngsters and seniors.

Owning quality mark “Healthy Club” sport organisations and organisations are able to prove to outer public that their offer of “healthy exercise programs” is of high quality and recognized by national coordinator. The quality mark enables people who are interested in exercise to find most suitable exercise program for them.

There are numerous quality mark programs so the question occurs: why is this one different. First of all, the quality mark is free of charge. However, a high level of quality is demanded. And important as well – the project manager has a personal approach and offers help to sport organisations, helps to solve problems together with coordinators and trainers.

The national coordinator support also includes:

  • training and seminars for trainers
  • publications and promotion material such as posters, presentation leaflet, training cards
  • co-funding in purchasing or free rental of sport equipment and accessories
  • promotional support (web, FB, media)

Promotion of Healthy clubs and Healthy exercise programme ABC within health institutions which takes place on two levels:

  1. cooperation with National Institute of public health
  2. promotion of Healthy clubs in local health centres in order to connect them


The purpose of the quality criteria listed below is to orient the sport organisations when designing new offers as well as to further develop and maintain the quality of the existing exercise programs.

Quality mark is granted by the Commission for quality when the organisation reaches a certain amount of credits.

The main criteria are the following:

  • integrated, properly structured recreational sport programmes
  • unified organizational structure
  • qualified trainers and coaches
  • continuous quality control
  • duration and frequency of the sport programmes
  • appropriate sport infrastructure

Healthy exercise programme ABC is a special program of the SUS designed in 2011 by professionals in the field of sport, recreation, health and fitness according to the guidelines of health promoting physical activity.

It is targeted on people who are not enough physically active, from 18 to 65 years old. Usually the existing sport programs are too intensive for “beginners” to fit in. After completing the HPSP ABC, the participants should reach a suitable level to enable them to safely join any sport recreational program

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