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MAN v. FAT football

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MAN v FAT Football – an FA-endorsed 14 week football league exclusively for the 56% of UK men who are overweight or obese launches exclusively with West Bromwich Albion in March.  
The MAN v FAT Football scheme is for the very first time available in Sandwell. Local men who want to tackle their weight issues now have the chance to join this incredibly successful weight loss league for free. With 95% of players losing weight and some players losing up to 70lbs during the 14 week league, it’s little wonder that the Football Association have officially endorsed the leagues.
Set up by Andrew Shanahan who himself lost five stone and was fed-up with weight loss classes just for women, MAN v FAT combines football with easy to follow diet and lifestyle advice as well as 24/7 online and offline support. There’s the traditional weigh-ins before each game, but this is then followed-up by a 30 minute game of six-a-side football. Extra goal bonuses are awarded depending on the pounds lost by the players, so it becomes a real team effort.
Andrew Shanahan, Managing Director of said, “We’re thrilled to offer this to men in the area in association with WBA and Sandwell Healthy Weight. We’ve seen that MAN v FAT Football can have an incredible impact on the health of our players with 95% of players losing weight and 93% reporting health improvements from curing sleep apnoea to huge improvements in blood pressure and joint pain. Across 2016 our players lost more than 10 tonnes in weight and we know that we’re going to smash that in 2017 with leagues like the one we’re running with the Baggies.”
Dave Lawrence from The Albion Foundation commented, “We’re the first premier league club to be running the MAN v FAT Football scheme and we’re determined to get great results for all the men who are participating on the scheme. If you’re wondering about getting back into football and could do with shedding a few pounds then you’ve got nothing to lose.”
Andy Dyke, National Participation Manager of Recreational Football at the Football Association said, “MAN v FAT Football is a brilliant initiative for anyone who wants to address their weight and start working their way back into playing football. The results of the leagues are extremely impressive and we are excited to see the impact this could have on men’s health across the country and around the world. You might be thinking that your footballing days are behind you, but MAN v FAT Football is a great bridge back into the national game. The FA are happy to back the scheme and suggest that players to get started.”
Chris Fenton, joined MAN v FAT Football in January and has now dropped over 5 stone, “MAN V FAT Football gave me a kick up the behind and made me realise how bad my health was. I was then put into a group of lads who all had the same goals to play football and to lose weight. It gives me a focus and a desire to lose weight and as the weeks go on I feel better about myself. I have more energy and for the first time I’m able to play with my kids without getting tired. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and would recommend it to any man.”
MAN v FAT Football launches at Portway Leisure Centre from the 17th March 2017 and runs every Friday from 8-10pm. It is free for Sandwell residents and all you have to do to claim your place is visit For more info email or call 0845 163 0042

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