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Trust's MAN v FAT programme returns

Bristol City Community Trust is delighted to announce that it is delivering a second season of the nationwide 14-week MAN v FAT programme, targeting men across the city who want to lose weight.

The project is aimed at men of all ages and physical ability, who are committed to improving their health through weekly involvement in a competitive football league.

An introductory session will be held at South Bristol Sports Centre on Monday, June 5th, with the weekly Bristol League commencing on Monday, June 12th, 7-9pm.

Each player who registers on to the programme will be in a similar state of mind and will share the same end goal - to enjoy football, make new friends, lose weight and improve their health.

Uniquely, the league is not decided just on points won, but also pounds lost, which will be noted at the weekly weigh-in.

To ensure maximum results are achieved, each of the players will be provided with dietary advice, have access to unique resources and have continuous support available to them.

The Trust’s first season of MAN v FAT saw 60 participants lose 441kg, equating to 70 stone, with 28 from 60 players achieving a remarkable five per cent weight loss, with 12 players eclipsing ten per cent.

Programme leader Geoff Stevens said, “The results achieved in the first season of the programme were overwhelming and I couldn’t be prouder.

“Each of the players signed up initially for the same reason, they wanted to improve their overall wellbeing, whilst making good friendships.

“The programme offers an easy way for individuals throughout the city to lose weight in an enjoyable manner. The players will have to work hard but if done correctly, results will start to been seen early on and it will definitely be worthwhile."

Because the league is not just decided on the number of games won on the pitch, individuals can join a team as a non-playing member if they do not wish to compete in the fixtures. Instead, they will partake in the weigh-in at the weekly sessions and cheer on their team from the sidelines, with their weight loss contributing to the team’s overall success.

Upon registration, participants will be allocated a team, so teams do not need to be entered in advance.

For more information on the new season of the project, e-mail geoff.stevens@bcfc.co.uk or sign up here.