A brand new project aimed at tackling obesity amongst men is coming to Oldham starting on April 17.
The project offers men the opportunity to participate in a free 14-week league with three key objectives:
- To enjoy football
- To lose weight
- To get healthier.
Uniquely, the league is decided not just on points won, but pounds lost. Support is given to every player with unique resources, inspiration and 24/7 support to help you lose weight, get fitter and enjoy the beautiful game.
In an assessed 14-week pilot scheme run by Solihull Council, players lost 22lbs on average, with 62% hitting their 5% body weight target. The maximum weight lost by one player was 67lbs and the maximum bodyweight percentage lost was 26%. 95% of players lose weight.
The leagues are not just decided on the games won on the pitch, but also on the weight lost off it, you can join a team as a non-playing member. This means that you weigh in every week and support your team.
Your weight loss counts towards your team’s success. When you have lost enough weight to feel comfortable joining in then you can get involved on the pitch.
Robert Curran, OACT Participation Officer commented: “We are really excited to start the Man vs. Fat initiative here in Oldham.
“The idea is for men, who wish to lose weight and enjoy football, to come down and play in a laid back environment and meet new friends who also have the same goal.
“We will be holding various competitions throughout the league programme for the player that loses the most weight each week.
“We would like to involve as many men as possible so my advise would be to get yourself down on April 17 at the Honeywell Centre and find out more information and come and have a chat with myself about the best way forward for you.”
Sessions will take place at the Honeywell Centre, Tuesdays 6-8pm. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the Man v Fat poster, please click here.