The 6-a-side football clubs, organised by MAN v FAT Football, will take place on Tuesday evenings at The Bay CE School on The Fairway, Sandown from 18th January.
Some places funded by Isle of Wight Council are available.
The football clubs are specifically aimed at overweight and obese men with a BMI of higher than 27.5. On the Isle of Wight, 62.3% of adults – and 68% of men – are either overweight or obese, which could equate to as many as 35,500 men across the Island.
MAN v FAT, an FA-affiliated scheme, currently has 6,000 players taking part in over 100 clubs across the UK. The programme 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, players are weighed, which is followed by a 30-minute game of 6-a-side, with extra goal bonuses awarded to teams based on the amount of weight players have lost. Weight loss and match scores then contribute to teams’ league positions within a club. Players receive additional support including healthy meal recipe ideas and tips on general fitness.
Richard Crick, Head of MAN v FAT Football, says:
“We are delighted to be expanding our programme to the Isle of Wight following many successful years of helping men lose weight and improve their lifestyle elsewhere in the country. We can’t wait to get started.
“MAN v FAT isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about enjoying sport in a friendly environment, learning about healthy lifestyle and diet – while making new friends.
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