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EFL Trust mark Men's Health Awareness Month

The benefits of the FIT FANS programme

4 December 2021

The EFL Trust has reminded of the benefits of men staying healthy. November was Mens Health Awareness Month and men were reminded to take action to live longer, healthier and happier lives. And the EFL Trust has programmes to help.

The EFL Trust is the charitable arm of the EFL and was established in 2008 to oversee the work of EFL club community organisations, such as Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. It is responsible for distributing core funding from the Premier League and The PFA to each CCO and highlights community work done by clubs across the country. Our Trust has worked with the EFL Trust for more than a decade and many projects are still ongoing.

The EFL Trust runs a FIT FANS programme, which uses the draw of football to enable people to make sustainable changes that improves their health. Funded by Sport England through the National Lottery and run at clubs across the country. It is a free health programme for men and women aged 35-65 who are looking to lose weight, get fitter and lead a more active life.

Average weight loss statistics for the FIT FANS programme exceed those of many other programmes. On average women lose well over 3kg and men over 5.5kg by the end of the 12 weeks. The benefits extend much further than just weight loss, with many participants commenting on the positive effects it has had on their mental health and social activity.

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