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Aberdeen FC have been the latest club to join the Football Fans in Training (Aberdeen FFIT 2011/12) initiative which the Scottish Premier League Trust along with the support of The Football Pools and Scottish Government have developed a programme which will see the club tackle a number of serious men's health issues. Dons supporters have the opportunity to sign up for the free sessions which is aimed at increasing physical activity, improving diet and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

 

The programme has been developed by club coaches in conjunction with top medical and sports science professionals in Scotland and the Scottish Government Public Health Directorate. The programme will be targeting overweight 35-65 year old males. Aberdeen FC coaches will deliver a 12 week course with sessions being split between classroom health education and physical activity training.

 

Minister of Public Health and Sport, commented: "We want to encourage people to make lasting lifestyle changes which will improve their health. Football is an ideal catalyst for raising the awareness of the changes people can make, from walking to games, eating healthier to kickabouts in the garden."

 

Tony Higgins of the SPL Trust Board said: "Football Fans in Training is the first nationwide health initiative co-ordinated by the SPL Trust. It demonstrates that football clubs are no longer just about 90 minutes on Saturday but recognise their responsibility to involve supporters and the local community throughout the week. With Football Fans in Training, supporters have the opportunity to get closer to their club, work with professional coaches and make positive lifestyle changes.

 

The programme is open to 35-65 year old males who meet any of the following criteria:

 

·BMI of 27+

 

·Belly at least 40 inches

 

·Trouser waist size of at least 38 inches

Weekly sessions will be split between classroom health education and physical activity training to deliver on the key themes.

 

Dons gaffer, Craig Brown reiterated the thoughts of his peers above on the benefits of such a scheme:

 

"One of our priorities at Aberdeen FC is the health and well-being of our faithful supporters. We welcome the opportunity to enhance the lifestyles of the Dons fans through Aberdeen FFIT 2011/12."

 

To get involved in Aberdeen FFIT 2011/12 simply call 0800 389 2129, text FFIT TO 88802 or email ffit@sphsu.mrc.ac.uk

 

 

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