Doncaster men helped to lose weight with new football league

A new free football league, which aims to help overweight men lose weight, is coming to Doncaster this September.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 28th August 2018, 10:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th August 2018, 10:31 am
MAN v FAT footballers.
MAN v FAT footballers.

MAN v FAT Football is an different type of league, supported by The FA and Sport England, which allows teams to score extra bonus goals when players hit their weight loss targets throughout the season.

Run in partnership with Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT), matches will take place at Rossington Community Sports Village.

Builder Ben Gallon became one of the first MAN v FAT footballers in 2016.

He said: “I was obese and facing a knee operation which I only really needed because of my weight and I saw this and thought I’d give it a go with my brother. I love football and I desperately needed to lose weight.

“After a season I’d lost over 26 per cent of my body weight and unsurprisingly my knee was no longer an issue! I’ve since gone on to work as a coach with MAN v FAT Football because I believe that it’s an amazing opportunity for men to get back into football and get healthier.”

In total, 95 per cent of players who take part in the league lose weight over the season, while the average weight lost by a player is 23lbs (10kg).

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