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NHS prescribes football training for overweight fans

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has backed a scheme that lets overweight football fans train at their club’s stadium, encouraging them to get fit and live a healthier, more active life.

Five clubs from the English Football League Trust are already taking part in the football fans in training (FFIT) programme, first run in Scotland – which sees overweight men coached for 12 weeks at their team’s home ground.

Clubs put on a three-month programme of exercise and sports and give advice on healthy eating. One programme at Swindon FC saw 30 men lose more than 40 stone in weight.

The EFL Trust wants to see the programme spread to more communities by setting up new partnerships to boost the impact of the scheme. More....