MAN V FAT: Fat-fighting footballers in Carlisle lose 52 Stone | News and Star – News & Star

PLAYERS at a Carlisle-based fat fighting football club, who have now lost an incredible 52 stone in weight between them since the club started just 16 months ago, have been celebrating their achievements at a special awards ceremony.
MAN v FAT Football Carlisle, which meets at Carlisle Campus Sports, has seen 100 men join up since it started in September 2021, growing it from four to six teams.
Those men who have since reached their target weight and have got fitter have now set up a separate 11-a-side club.
Last Monday saw fifteen awards given in total, the first four to teams and the remainder to individuals.
The season-ending cup went to the Inter Piami Whites as they lost most on the scales and were the top team losers with 4.5 stone (28.8kgs) lost between them.
Local players include goalkeeper Dan Jackson, the youngest player at 19, who, having joined May this year, has lost 6.4kgs; Shane Statter, 37 and a heart transplantee, who has lost 12.5kgs since joining in March this year, John Nicol, a founding player from the launch of the club in September 2021, who has now lost 11.8kgs, more than 10 per cent of his original body weight.
MAN v FAT, an FA-affiliated scheme, currently has more than 8,500 players taking part in over 170 clubs across the UK and is aimed at overweight and obese men with a BMI of higher than 27.5.
Before matches, players are weighed and show their weekly food trackers which is followed by a 30-minute game of five-a-side, with extra goal bonuses awarded to teams based on the amount of weight players have lost.
Weight loss and match scores then contribute to teams’ league positions within the club.
“It’s been just great to be able to celebrate both on the pitch and off the pitch success,” says Beverley Young, the coach of MAN v FAT Football in Carlisle.
“I absolutely have loved watching the achievements and responses to the challenges of the last 16 months and hope we can continue to improve physical and mental health for the men in our city.”
Players can join up on the website, through the Facebook page or calling 0333 0068 331.
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