Posted: Monday 18th September 2017
The successful male-only adult weight management scheme run by Watford Football Club community trust has been extended for an additional three years, thanks to funding from Hertfordshire County Council and the Premier League Professional Football Association.
The Shape Up scheme has been running for two years, and has seen over 640 men take part in sessions across Hertfordshire. Between them they have burned 23.6 million calories and lost a staggering 3.1 tonnes in weight. In addition, 93% of the participants have also reported improved self-esteem.
Cabinet Member for Public Health Richard Roberts (pictured second to right) hands over the cheque to Shape Up
Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Jim McManus, said: “The leadership and commitment shown by football clubs like Watford to run community health interventions is a really important part of our work.
“Shape Up is a fantastic initiative that has really changed lives; I know this funding will help the programme reach even more men and help them make positive changes to their life as a result.
“We are committed to helping everyone live a healthier, happier life and we know that men sometimes need a little extra encouragement. This programme delivers that.”
The programme, backed by local GPs, helps men develop sustainable lifestyle changes so that they lose the weight and keep it off. A year after taking part in the programme, 68% of participants had lost further weight and 91% had improved exercise levels.
The premise is simple: a male-only twelve week programme of weekly sessions, comprising of thirty minutes of nutritional education and sixty minutes of physical activity.
The funding will make Shape Up one of the largest male-only weight management programmes run by a premier league club’s charity in the country.
Head of Community at the Premier League, Nick Perchard said: “I hope that the new investment from the PLPFA in the Shape Up scheme, delivered by Watford Community Sports and Education Trust, helps to enhance the great work already being delivered. The funding will enable many more Watford fans to learn more about health and wellbeing, using the inspiration and support of the club to help them on their weight-management journey.”