Men encouraged to get involved in Weston-super-Mare’s Man V Fat football league

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 July 2017

Some of the organisers at Man v Fat.

Some of the organisers at Man v Fat.

Richard Blaxall 2016

A new competitive football league described as a ‘fun way’ to lose weight is set to be launched in Weston especially for men who are trying to slim down and get healthy.

The league will be played @WORLE, then Weston Football Club.The league will be played @WORLE, then Weston Football Club.

Man V Fat was first launched back in January last year, and now organises football leagues across the country.

The latest one is set to be formed in Weston, thanks to funding from North Somerset Council.

Weston Football Club has plans to host the league on its forthcoming 3G pitch, but until this opens the league will be played at @Worle, in New Bristol Road.

And while there has already been a host of interest, the league needs more players.

Man v Fat is launching in Weston.Man v Fat is launching in Weston.

Ben Plummer, aged 39, lives in Weston and has been playing in a Man V Fat league in Bridgwater.

He told the Mercury he is excited at the prospect of playing in Weston and wants to encourage men to lose weight ‘the fun way’.

He said: “I have lost five stone since starting and can now play for longer periods.

“It is a great alternative to slimming groups, which I know are great for some people but are also often female-dominated.

Man v FatMan v Fat

“This gives things a competitive nature as well, as not only do you want to win at football, you also want to lose the most weight. It is a fun way to do it.

“I want to encourage people to sign up. At the moment we have about 20 people but we need about 60 or 70.

“It makes you feel healthier too which is what it is all about. I am really glad the council is on board.”

The council has been working with Man V Fat organisers since 2015, but is now focused on the new Weston league – and wants more men to sign up.

Jill Iles, the council’s assistant executive member for public health, said: “Our partnership with Man V Fat came about after we recognised there were low numbers of men taking up our weight management services.

“Give it a go, you’ve got nothing to lose but weight, and plenty to gain – you’ll make new friends, improve your football skills and you’ll even get fitter.”

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