Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez met a group of men at the Christopher Park Training Ground last week who have all lost weight thanks to Latics in the Community’s Wigan Fit Fans project.
The men completed a 12 week programme at the Montrose Skills Hub where they took part in football and sport sessions and were given advice on issues such as weight management, healthy eating and how to make physical activity part of your everyday life.
All the men have made significant improvements in their health and lifestyle during the programme and were presented with a Wigan Athletic home shirt by the manager for completing the course.
Roberto said: “I think it’s fantastic that the guys have been working with the Trust to get in shape. January is the time of year when everyone starts thinking about what they eat, drink and whether to take part in more sport.
“Hopefully the Fit Fans scheme will inspire more men to do so and I’m sure everyone who takes part will find it beneficial.”
Wigan Fit Fans is a three year project funded by the Premier League/PFA Community Fund and is open to men over the age of 25.
The scheme is also supported by NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan and the Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS who provide a Health Trainer to work on the project alongside coaches from the Community Trust.
Ian Abernethy from Goose Green in Wigan lost over a stone in weight during through the Fit Fans course. He said: “Fit Fans has been fantastic and has helped me lose weight and make some important changes to my life.
“It was great to meet Roberto and also for him to give us Latics shirt – especially as it was a smaller one that it would have been three months ago!”
A new 12 week Fit Fans programme will start at Howe Bridge Sports Centre in Atherton on Thursday February 21st between 6pm and 8-pm.
The Community Trust is also running taster sessions at Abraham Guest Academy in Greenhey every Wednesday between 5.45pm – 6.45pm.
For more information about the project or to register for the scheme please contact Hayley Sherratt on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A range of other weight management services have been commissioned by your local NHS, and include a significant number of out of hour’s sessions in a variety of venues across the borough.
If you would like more information please call 01942 496 496 or join the Lose Weight Feel Great Facebook page: www.facebook.com/loseweightfeelgreat