Football Fans in Training wins Herald Society Award
posted on: Nov 22, 2011
The Scottish Premier League Trust has won the Herald Society Award under Health Provider of the Year category for its delivery of the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) initiative.
The FFIT programme was developed by a team of researchers (including Professor Kate Hunt
who leads the Unit’s Gender and Health programme, Professor Sally Wyke and Dr Cindy Gray at the University of Glasgow and colleagues at Strathclyde University, Dundee University and NHS Forth Valley). The programme is being delivered in 2011-2012 as a result of a partnership between the SPL Trust, Football Pools, the Scottish Government, the participating clubs and the research team. Community coaches in the SPL clubs run twelve week sessions aimed at improving physical activity, diet and promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst men aged between 35 and 65 who meet any of the following criteria – BMI 28+, belly 100cm + or trouser waist size of 38 inches +. Over the two courses run so far, 412 men have lost 2366kg or 2.3 tonnes and 2361 cm off waistlines. An evaluation of the long term effects of the programme on weight loss (funded by NIHR) and other health-related outcomes is ongoing.