Fit Fans and Football Fans in Training (FFIT) use the unique attraction between football clubs and their fans to improve the health of older adults.
Using professional football clubs as a setting for a weight management and health improvement the programmes use men’s and women’s loyalty to their football team to encourage them to get active. Participants are ‘trained’ by club community coaches for 12 weeks at their team’s home stadium. They receive a programme, grounded in current science, of how to eat more healthily and become more active, .
In Sheffield United’s first programme nine participants lost an impressive 81lbs collectively over the 12 weeks! Whilst on Swindon Towns FFIT project, a group of 30 guys lost over 40 stone in weight during the programme. One participant Roman Piotrowski was in no doubt about the impact that FFIT has had on his life,
“I was a heart attack waiting to happen. The FFIT project has helped me completely change my lifestyle and hopefully add years to my life’
Football Clubs running Fit Fans or FFIT include:
- Charlton Athletic
- Derby County
- Sheffield United
- Leyton Orient
- Crawley Town
- Swindon Town
- Wigan Athletic
- Cardiff City – Coming soon