A fat-fighting football weight-loss scheme for men is appealing for new players.
The MAN V FAT scheme, funded by Sandwell Council’s public health team, is starting a new league at Hadley Stadium in Smethwick next month (July). The sessions will be on Monday nights, 7-9pm.
Every week men weigh in, play football in an organised team tournament and earn bonus goals if players in their team lose weight, rewarding them for scoring both footie and weight goals.
To date, 83 men taking part in the scheme at Portway Lifestyle Centre in Oldbury have lost 80 stone – the equivalent in weight of 80 FA cups – in just 12 weeks.
Men can also get nutrition advice as part of the scheme. After 14 weeks men can choose to stay on the league to continue to play football and keep the weight off.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection Councillor Elaine Costigan said: “This is a really fun, successful, appealing project to help men get fitter and shed the pounds.
“The results they’ve had so far are just incredible – I hope more men sign up for the new sessions and that they see the same great results.”