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InForm getting Coventry fit and active

27 June 2013

SBitC InForm project has enjoyed major success and received further funding from the Big Lottery Fund...

Sky Blues in the Community project ‘InForm’ has been given further funding from the Big Lottery Fund to operate in Coventry for the next five years – supporting local adult men to get active. 

In its pilot year, the project proved extremely popular and very successful with: 77% of participants improving their fitness; 69% losing weight and 96% reported that the project had helped them to become more active on a regular basis.

InForm has now launched across four locations in Coventry: Goals Soccer Centre (Centre AT7), Alan Higgs Centre, Moat House Leisure Centre and the Xcel Leisure Centre. Qualified coaches have been delivering football and fitness sessions to groups of men from in and around Coventry, motivating them to get fit and healthy. The sessions have already been running for nearly three weeks, and currently have 51 men taking part. Former CCFC Player, David Busst also made an appearance at one of the sessions, talking to the participants and getting involved in the football.

All of sessions are aimed at local adult males who are looking to dust off their boots and get active. Sky Blues in the Community coaches are on hand every week to guide, encourage and support all participants in adopting healthier lifestyle habits. Participants have the opportunity to attend sessions for up to 1 year and will be monitored using health checks and fitness tests to see the changes they are making. 

Goals Soccer Centre and Alan Higgs Centre sites are now full until September when opportunities to sign up will reopen. However, spaces are still available on Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm at Moat House Leisure Centre and Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm at Xcel Leisure Centre.

In addition to the general InForm sessions, the project will also see 3 new specialist sessions start this July for males accessing homelessness support services, males facing mental health challenges and job seekers. Sky Blues in the Community will be working with a number of local organisations to promote these sessions and engage those who could potentially benefit from this opportunity.

To find out more information about the project or to sign up, please contact Hiedi Sloan by Phone: 02476 786 313, Text: 07813 455 531 or Email: or simply follow the project on Twitter @inform_ccfc

Not from Coventry? A similar football project, dubbed ‘Impact’, also runs in Warwick every Monday 6:00pm-7:00pm at Aylesford School for adult males. Contact the SBitC office on 02476 786 349 for more details.

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