FOOTBALL FANS urged to get FFIT with their local SPL clubs
posted on: Jun 23, 2011
FFIT is a FREE 12 week physical activity and healthy eating programme designed to help MEN get fitter and lose weight, and to maintain these changes in the long term. Men attend sessions run by club community coaches once a week at SPL clubs (and Hamilton Accies). FFIT is supported by first team managers, current and former players. The coaches can help men to improve diet and lose some weight, become more active and fitter at a rate that suits individuals and make these changes last a lifetime.
The weekly sessions involve some physical activity training at club’s home ground and a ‘classroom’ session to learn about healthier lifestyles. Men who have been on FFIT in the past have really enjoyed the programme - "it is like a night in the pub with your mates but without the drink". Most of the 2010/2011 FFIT programme graduates found the changes easy to maintain and continue to be more active, eat healthier and lose weight as a result they have more energy and feel fitter and generally better about themselves.
Researchers from MRC | CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and University of Glasgow are working with colleagues at Dundee University, Strathclyde Universities to complete an evaluation of this programme in all the football clubs running the programme throughout 2011/12. A feasibility study was carried out by MRC|CSO SPHSU and University of Stirling researchers at two SPL clubs completed during 2010/11. A report of the finding is available at http://www.spl-ffit.co.uk/useruploads/files/ffit_delivery_1_report_final.pdf
FFIT has been shortlisted by the European Professional Football League (EPFL) for its Best Practice Awards in the Social Responsibility category. SPL Trust General Manager, Billy Singh, said “We are absolutely delighted to have been nominated for this prestigious European Award. To be shortlisted for a gold or silver award is great recognition for all the participants and community coaches at the SPL clubs. Their dedication and hard work has been a great source of inspiration to others and I would encourage men to sign up for next season.” The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in Vienna on the 7th July.