Six-a-side football club targets obesity in Wrexham

A six-a-side football program that has already helped thousands of men across the UK fight obesity is set to kick off at Wrexham later this month.

Club football, organized by MAN v FAT Football, will meet on Wednesday evenings at the Chirk Leisure Centre, Chapel Lane from May 25.

The clubs cater specifically to overweight and obese men with a BMI over 27.5. According to figures from the Wrexham Public Services Board, around 59% of adults in Wrexham are overweight or obese, potentially up to 14,000 men in the town.

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MAN v FAT, an FA affiliate programme, currently has over 7,500 players competing at over 150 clubs across the UK. The program was created by Andrew Shanahan, who, tired of traditional weight loss classes primarily aimed at women, decided to develop a program that combines the beautiful game with achievable weight loss goals for men.

The total amount of weight lost by MAN v FAT players in the UK currently stands at over 400,000 pounds.

Before matches, players are weighed in, followed by a 30-minute six-man match, with additional goalscoring bonuses awarded to teams based on how much weight the players have lost. Weight loss and game scores then contribute to teams’ league positions within a club. Players receive additional support, including healthy meal recipe ideas and advice on general fitness.

In action with MAN v FAT Football.

Richard Crick, Head of MAN v FAT Football, said: “We are delighted to be extending our program to Wrexham after many successful years of helping men lose weight and improve their lifestyle elsewhere in the country and we urge all local men interested in participating get in touch.

“MAN v FAT isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about playing sports in a friendly environment, learning about a healthy lifestyle and diet – all while making new friends.”

Interested persons can register at www.manvfat.com/football or get more information by calling 0345 163 1042 or emailing football@manvfat.com

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