Sky Blues in the Community are launching MAN v FAT in Coventry!
MAN v FAT Football sees Sport England and The FA join forces to fund MAN v FAT Football across England. A 14-week football league exclusively for the 56% of UK men who are overweight or obese launches in Coventry from 22nd January 2018, every Monday at Blue Coat School.
MAN v FAT Football launched in Solihull in January 2016 with just 80 players. Since then more than 5,500 players have joined the leagues and lost nearly 64 tons of weight between them. Across the leagues more than 90 per cent of players lose weight and 93 percent of players report health improvements.
The unique aspect of MAN v FAT Football is that players weigh in before every game. This means the final results are decided not just on the score on the pitch, but as a result of goal bonuses that teams earn from their weight loss. This enables players with limited mobility and disabilities to join the teams and still be a top performer for their side, simply by losing weight each week.
Andrew Shanahan, Managing Director of MAN v FAT Football, said, "We’re delighted to work with Sport England and The FA to bring the leagues where losers win, to those who need it across England. We’ve seen how positive the leagues are as a way of supporting men who want to lose weight and get more active. What’s brilliant is that because of this funding we can bring these leagues without the normal fees for players, so the only thing you have to lose by joining the Coventry league is weight!”
Builder Ben Gallon became one of the first MAN v FAT Footballers when he joined the first free league in Solihull in January 2016.
He said: “I was obese and facing a knee operation which I only really needed because of my weight and I saw this and thought I’d give it a go with my brother. I love football and I desperately needed to lose weight.
“After a season I’d lost over 26 per cent of my body weight and unsurprisingly my knee was no longer an issue! I’ve since gone on to work as a coach with MAN v FAT Football because I believe that it’s an amazing opportunity for men to get back into football and get healthier.”
The MAN v FAT Football program will be delivered by Sky Blues in the Community and launches at Blue Coat School from the 22nd January 2018 and runs every Monday (excluding bank holidays) from 7pm-9pm for the next 14 weeks. It costs £9.99 to register and is completely free of charge for the first season. The only thing you have to lose is weight…