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The BBC has produced a TV documentary about Football Fans In Training.

Football Fans in Training (FFIT study) on TV

posted on: Feb 8, 2012

And I would walk a million steps... then I would walk a million more...

Scotland’s top football clubs helping their fans on the road to better health
Scottish men are flocking to their local Scottish Premier League clubs to help them live a healthier lifestyle by losing weight and taking more exercise. Over a 1000 men across Scotland have signed up to the award winning Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme, which is being run in all SPL clubs this season. BBC Scotland has been following the progress of participants at 3 of the clubs, Celtic, Dunfermline Athletic and St Johnstone, over the 12 week programme.
Tom Rhodes aged 47 from Perth, who took part in St Johnstone FFIT at McDairmid Park said:
“I used to run competitively with Cambuslang Harriers in the late 70s/early 80s, but I had really let myself go in recent years. The Football Fans in Training programme has completely turned my life around. I have much more energy and just feel so much better both physically and mentally. I lost 2 and a half stone and achieved my goal of clocking a million steps on my pedometer during the 12 week course. I am well on the way to recording my second million steps, the weight is still coming off and I aim to be back running 3-4 times a week by the end of the year.”
FFIT has been developed by weight management, physical activity and nutrition experts from the Medical Research Council and universities across Scotland. The team is currently carrying out a scientific study to determine the effectiveness of FFIT in helping men make real changes to their lives.
FFIT Project Manager, Dr Cindy Gray of the University of Glasgow said:
“The Football Fans in Training programme is designed to help men lose weight, improve their diets, become more active and generally feel better in themselves. However, to make real improvements to their health it is important that the men form new habits and keep the changes going over the months and years to come. We will be following up the current FFIT graduates for at least 12 months to find out how they are getting on.”
The delivery of Football Fans in Training is funded by the Scottish Government and the Football Pools, and is overseen by the Scottish Premier League Trust.
SPL Trust General Manager, Billy Singh said:
“The ability of the SPL football clubs to effect change in society is immense. Football Fans in Training provides the opportunity for fans to get behind the walls of the club and make changes in their lives that will positively affect them for years to come. This TV documentary is a testament to the hard work of the SPL clubs and the men who have made FFIT such a great success.”
The FFIT programme has been so popular that courses are currently full; a waiting list is being kept should places become available. For more information about Football Fans in Training or to register your interest in the programme, visit The FFIT documentary is being broadcast on BBC 2 on 19th February at 18.45.
The research is being conducted at the University of Glasgow, the Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Dundee. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research programme. The views and opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the NIHR PHR programme or the Department of Health.
For further information please contact Cindy Gray: email