We invite you to Get Involved

    Partners in ProFit invite governments (local, regional and national), businesses, universities and research institutes, NGO’s and other parties involved in promotion of sports and excercise, product innovation and business creation to get involved in the ProFit project. Please contact us at www.fieldlabs.eu for more info.


The ProFit project is a cooperation between local public authorities and knowledge institutions. Lead partner is the Sports and Technology Foundation. Other partners are the cities of Eindhoven (NL), Delft (NL), Kortrijk (BE) and Sheffield (UK). Participating universities are Sheffield Hallam University, University of Ulster, Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Howest (University College West Flanders).

Sports and Technology

Building bridges and creating golden triangles! Sports and Technology is a non profit organisation, founded in 2005 in Eindhoven (the Netherlands) in close co-operation with the Dutch research organisation TNO. Golden triangles As an intermediate organisation, Sports and Technology builds bridges between the worlds of sports, knowledge and business, with the aim to create ‘golden triangles’. Not only for better results in (top)sports and to stimulate people to play, to exercise or to play sports, but also to generate business. Sports and Technology also was one of the the founding fathers of the annual Dutch national congress ‘Sports, Science and Technology’ and the National Sports Innovation Award.   FieldLabs A true innovation in itself was the idea of creating FieldLabs: research and development locations in a real-life sports setting where new ideas, concepts, technologies and products can be tested. The Dutch national organisation InnoSportNL – set up in 2006 by TNO and the national sports federation NOC*NSF – has adapted this concept and by now has installed such FieldLabs for swimming, speed skating, sailing and gymnastics.   Especially for recreational sports such a FieldLab has been established in Eindhoven in 2009. This initiative has recieved a lot of international attention, which has triggered Sports and Technology to set up the EU-project ProFit.

University of Ulster

Researchers from the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute, the Sensors and Connected Health Research Group and the Smart Environments Research Group are contributing to the ProFit project.   Methods The Physical Activity and Health group uses epidemiological and empirical methods to investigate the role of physical activity and exercise in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and the promotion of psychological well-being.   The Connected Health activity studies the future models for healthcare delivery that will use technology to provide and improve healthcare remotely. This research aims to maximise healthcare resources and provide increased, flexible opportunities for consumers to engage with clinicians and better self-manage their care.   In Smart Environments the focus to develop lab-based real-world intelligent physical spaces for high-level data/information/knowledge processing, e.g., data fusion, context and activity recognition, decision-making support for situated individuals, in order to support rich user experiences in smart environments.

Delft university of technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands, the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) is one of the oldest and largest in the world. The faculty is leading in the field of design research, with more than 100 researchers. Central to the work are the user’s needs and wishes, how to determine what they are, and how to use this knowledge in designing products that cater better to these needs and wishes.   Collaboration: University and city council TU Delft is collaborating with the City Council of Delft on the implementation of the council’s policy for stimulation of physical activity, play and sports for Delft citizens. Part of their ambition in this is to renew their facilities for (outdoor) play and sports by means of the development and implementation of innovative, interactive play, sports and fitness facilities for the specific needs of the people of Delft. The aim is to stimulate the youth and adults to engage in physical activity, thereby living a healthier life.   Research and development In the ProFit project TU Delft Faculty IDE is researching and developing new tools and methodologies to involve users in identifying their specific needs and desires and conceptualising new solutions, ranging from techniques simply for gathering user information and preferences to techniques whereby users are actually involved in the design process. For more sports related research at Delft University of Technology, take a look at: www.sportsengineering.tudelft.nl

Sheffield Hallam university

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is one of the largest UK Universities with over 30,000 students, and is one of the biggest providers of sport, health, social care and teacher training in the UK.   The university SHU is organised into four large Faculties:  Health & Wellbeing Arts, Computing , Engineering and Sciences Development and Society Sheffield Business School   The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) sits in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. CSER is internationally renowned with over 160 years of cumulative experience. It focuses on developing fundamental understanding of the complex sporting environment and the creation of innovative technology applications. The centre is led by Professor Steve Haake, the founding chair of the International Sports Engineering Association, and founding editor of the journal Sports Engineering.   CSER undertakes research and consultancy for a diverse range of sports companies and organisations including: the International Tennis Federation, Adidas, Prince, Ping, and UK Sport. Since 2008 CSER has been working as a UK Sport Innovation Partner, a role that sees it providing technical R&D support across many elite sports, including swimming, diving, boxing and gymnastics. CSER also delivers large and complex collaborative projects with agencies such as ERDF and ESF. Public engagement is embedded into the culture of the centre and numerous high profile projects have been delivered with organisations like the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.   SHU and ProFit SHU has the lead role for Work Package 3 – Research. This involves establishing methods and mechanisms to enable the measurement of FieldLab performance data (product, people, societal, environmental). The essential element in this will be the design and installation of measurement systems. Initial foundations for each FieldLab have been established through a user needs analysis in all city locations (led by TU Delft). We are also establishing baseline data sets on FieldLab start-up. As data is collected SHU will co-ordinate the analysis and assessment of economic impact of innovation activity, and look also at secondary impact on health and social cohesion. Dissemination of results and findings through seminars, conferences, papers, and articles will conclude this activity. SHU also provides support to the innovation competition, and will drive the creation of stakeholder and user networks in the Sheffield region.

TU Eindhoven

In 2001, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) started the department of Industrial Design (ID).   Industrial Design department Based on discussions with industry, the department decided in 2001 to concentrate on the design of intelligent systems, products, and related services, which addresses aspects such as adaptive behavior, context-awareness, and highly dynamic interaction. Students learn to integrate various areas into the design process, with emphasis on designs using new technology for people in the socio-cultural and business contexts. At ID we see systems as adaptive environments in which humans can interact with intelligent products to gain access to services provided. These products are connected to each other and the surrounding system to achieve a new type of user experience. This implies a new type of designer.   At our department research and education are integrated into one approach; a unique educational system, with a focus on practice-oriented teaching and learning, in close collaboration with companies and institutions. We follow a design research approach in which we create innovative solutions with different stakeholders, such as technological, domain and user experts.   TU/E and ProFit The main role of TU Eindhoven Industrial Design Department in the ProFit Project is to assist with creating the value chains and initial concepts for innovation initiation and exploring the kind of partners that might be needed. The iterative process of creating initial concepts, and discussing these with prospective partners, will contribute to different design directions with different sets of stakeholders (e.g. technological, material, sport domain-knowledge, knowledge institutes, municipalities, etc). For this purpose new tools and methodologies are developed to support multi-stakeholder collaboration and innovation initiation processes. TU/e also collects and disseminates innovative examples of sports motivation in a collection, the ProFit Catalogue of Innovative Sports and Play Products.

Howest university college

In 1995 Howest, University College West Flanders, became an autonomous Higher Education Institution because of a merger of six prominent institutions of higher education in Flanders.   Education Since then the development within Howest has taken on a fresh impetus. Today about 5600 full-time students are enrolled at Howest, pursuing 27 Bachelors and 7 Masters covering a wide range of unique positioned disciplines, such as technical design engineering, industrial product design, digital arts & gaming, new media applications, sports education leisure and wellness and applied architecture. Howest aims to be a learning community which promotes innovation, creativity and initiative. The core values are to serve, empower and care. Howest therefore is a fertile environment for research and innovation.   FieldLabs In the ProFit project, Howest does research for innovation in sports participation. Howest has the expertise to use industrial and technological innovation to promote physical activity. Its strength is in coaching students and empower them to be creative and innovative. Howest aims to continuously use ProFit FieldLabs by combining research experience, knowledge in technology and industrial design and empowering students to stimulate sportsinnovation. Howest will do measurements what effects the innovations have on physical activity.

City of Kortrijk

A city with 75,000 inhabitants in the southern part of the province of West Flanders that achieved fame and glory thanks to the flax and linen industry.   The city and its past An unbelievable dynamic rules here and this is clearly visible in the special urban renewal projects. The Middle Ages are still visible in the city centre, as testified for instance by the sturdy Broel towers on the banks of the Leie, also known as the Golden River. The sober Beguinage is an oasis of peace and is also, in addition to the Belfort, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The late-Gothic city hall, the Baggaertshof, the impressive Church of Our Lady and St. Martin’s Church are the loveliest treasures of Kortrijk’s art-historical heritage.   Renowned architects and town planners have redesigned the city with due respect for its past. Whether it concerns renovated or new squares and streets, the preference in Kortrijk is given to sober, contemporary architecture with an eye for detail. Along the edge of the city, in High Kortrijk, traditional and contemporary architecture are stylishly united on the Kulak University campus and the many sport centres.

City of Eindhoven

On the sports grounds at Eindhoven North, a FieldLab has been realized to induce innovation in sports for the purpose of increasing sports participation in the Netherlands.   FieldLab Eindhoven The FieldLab is a practical real life test facility in which new products and services can be developed, tested and implemented into the field of sports and a commercial sports market.The lab consists of a playground with interactive play equipment and fields of artificial turf. It appears to be more of a playground than a true test setting, which is in fact the unique power of the FieldLab. Lots of activities, like school sports, children’s parties, corporate day’s out and so on, are organized in the FieldLab. This provides access to many interesting groups that are willing to participate in the development of new sports products.   The current playground was built three years ago in a cooperative structure between public and private parties. The City of Eindhoven worked closely with commercial companies which placed their newest equipment on the grounds.   To hold on to the innovative character of the FieldLab, new products and play environments are constantly created and placed on the grounds. This again will be done in the same cooperative manner as described above.   Partners The FieldLab is founded by the City of Eindhoven and InnoSportNL and collaborates with many interesting partners, like technical and applied universities, institutes of sports medicine, the Dutch Olympic Committee, the Dutch institute for sports and movement and many SME’s from the Brainport region. Therefore the FieldLab can rely on a broad network of parties in the field of sports, knowledge, government and business. The innovative projects at the FieldLab will often result in new businesses or new business lines for existing companies.

City of Delft

In 1246, Delft received its city franchise from the Dutch Earl Willem II. Its tradition is rooted in the House of Orange and fine blue delftware. The core values of Delft besides history are technology, creativity and innovation. Delft stands for the talent of making new finds by way of analysis, intelligence and experiment. Delft’s rich history teaches us that a feeling for technology and creativity has traditionally been delivering new answers. Delft is a liberal, pioneering and inventive city. It is the combination of the four core values named above that plays a major role in establishing future opportunities for the city.   FieldLab Delft The purpose in the ProFit-project is to create an innovative playground for children, adults, disabled people. Used by different kinds of organizations: schools, sports, welfare, nursing. The FieldLab has to provide the users with a challenging playground. A place where they like to come more often, where they can meet each other. An existing playground, in a natural environment, must be therefore radically transferred. ProFit will change it in a wonderful example for Delft, the Netherlands and hopefully for Europe.

City council of Sheffield

Sheffield is one of England’s largest cities and a metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. It gained its city charter in 1893 and officially became titled the City of Sheffield. It now covers a total area of 368 km2. Sheffield City Council is a metropolitan district. As such, we have responsibility for the full range of local authority services. Only public transport, fire & civil defence and the Police Authority are managed across the whole of South Yorkshire. Sheffield is located fairly centrally in Britain. It is the only city to include part of a national park, the Peak District, within its borders.   Geography Sheffield is geographically very diverse. The urban area nestles in a natural bowl created by seven hills and the confluence of 5 rivers: the Don, Sheaf, Rivelin, Loxley and Porter. Much of the city is built on these hillsides, with views into the city centre or out to open countryside. With an estimated total of over two million trees, Sheffield has more trees per person than any other city in Europe. It has over 170 woodlands, 78 public parks and 10 public gardens. Added to this are 135 km2 of national park and almost 11 km2 of water, resulting in 61 percent of the city comprising green space. This unique combination makes Sheffield the greenest city in Britain.   Culture and Sport The city has a thriving cultural and creative industries sector, accounting for 7.2% of Sheffield’s working population – almost double the national average.Sheffield is the first National City of Sport, with a range of high quality facilities originally built for the World Student Games in the city in 1991. These include the Don Valley Stadium, The Sheffield Hallam Arena and the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, with its Olympic-sized pool and diving pool.Sheffield is also home to the English Institute of Sport, with an indoor running track and facilities and support for over 20 sports including athletics, diving, cycling, squash and boxing . The World Snooker Championships have been held in the city’s Crucible Theatre since 1977.The world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC, has recently celebrated it’s 150th anniversary. The city also has two professional football clubs, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.   ProFit: Lowfield Park Sheffield City Council’s Parks and Countryside Service (P&C) has the responsibility for delivering the FieldLab in Lowfield Park. P&C have a close working relationship with Sheffield Hallam University and work collaboratively on all aspects of ProFit. P&C is responsible for the management, maintenance and development of the City’s parks and recreational green spaces. The P&C Service manages 730 sites city-wide, covering 3,230 hectares and attract 25 – 40 million individual visits each year. Sheffield has a long-term Green and Open Space Strategy and all our services are guided by this document.