MAN v FAT football is a new league which aims to help men tackle obesity is launching in Crewe this coming Monday evening (12th October).
The programme already has popular leagues in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and Wigan.
Taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus on Crewe Green Road, outdoor team sport is still exempt from restrictions in Crewe, the rule of 6, and can happen in any number as long as undertaken in line with published COVID-secure guidance.
MAN v FAT’s Head of Football, Richard Crick explains,
We’re really excited to be launching another league in the North West and encourage anyone from in and around Crewe, who feels that the programme might be right for them to head to our website and sign up for the league.
We still have places remaining ahead of our ‘pre-season’ session on Tuesday, so come down, meet your new teammates and have a kick about – we’ll be with you every step of the way.
In Wigan, where 41 players take part in the league, the combined total weight loss has been as high as 700 pounds – or 50 stone a season and some players have been known to drop as much as 70 pounds during a 14-week league.
The FA-endorsed scheme was created by Andrew Shanahan, who fed-up with traditional weight loss classes primarily aimed at women, decided to develop a programme that combines the beautiful game with achievable weight loss goals for men.
Before matches, the players are weighed, which is followed by a 30-minute game of six-a-side, with extra goal bonuses awarded to teams based on the amount of weight players have lost.
Public Health England data covering the time between April 2019 and March 2020 found that 62% of adults in England are overweight or obese, with four of the top 20 areas where rates are the highest being within the North West region – with four of the top 20 areas where rates are the highest in the North West, they are Knowsley (73.7%), Halton (70.6%), Wigan (70.5%) and Tameside (70.5%).
There are over 20 million overweight and obese men in the UK, accounting for nearly 7 out of every 10 men. The issue of weight has become such a concern that a recent report suggested that the government should treat this as the number one public health concern. Despite this, funding has been cut to local authorities and men are nearly 300% less likely to get support for their weight than women.
Furthermore, a study by University of North Carolina (UNC), Saudi Health Council and World Bank published in August found that people with obesity are at a greater risk of hospitalisation (113%), admission to intensive care (74%) and death (48%) from COVID-19.
MAN v FAT leagues are subject to the local restrictions and have a list of local authority coronavirus webpages here: https://manvfat.com/coronavirus/
MAN v FAT Football now runs over 70 leagues across the UK and Australia, with leagues launching in USA in 2019. MAN v FAT also supports more than 1.6 million men through their website (www.manvfat.com), their forum (www.talk.manvfat.com) and social media (www.facebook.com/manvfat, http://www.twitter.com/manvfat, http://www.instagram.com/manvfat, http://www.youtube.com/user/manvfat)