Football scheme to help men lose weight comes to Portsmouth

MEN wanting to lose weight can take part in a 14-week football scheme.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 7:35 am
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 3:30 pm
The Man v Fat Football scheme is coming to Portsmouth
The Man v Fat Football scheme is coming to Portsmouth

Man v Fat Football is coming to Portsmouth and it aims to help overweight and obese men drop the pounds.

The FA-endorsed 14-week football league has helped 95 per cent of its players lose weight, with some losing up to 70lbs during the programme.

Man v Fat Football was set up by Andrew Shanahan, who was fed up with weight-loss classes just for women.

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He decided to combine football with an easy-to-follow diet and lifestyle advice as well as online support.

People taking part do a weigh-in before playing a 30-minute match of six-a-side football. Extra goal bonuses are awarded depending on the pounds lost by the players of each team.

Andrew, manager director of, said: ‘We’re thrilled to offer this to men in Portsmouth.

‘We’ve seen that Man v Fat Football can have an incredible impact on the health of our players, with 95 per cent of players losing weight and 93 per cent reporting health improvements from curing sleep apnoea to huge improvements in blood pressure and joint pain.

‘Across 2016 our players lost more than seven tonnes in weight and we know that we’re going to smash that in 2017 with leagues like the one in Portsmouth.’

The league in Portsmouth is run by Pompey in the Community, in Anson Road. It starts from June 12 and runs every Monday between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Chris Fenton joined Man v Fat Football in January and has now dropped more than five stone.

He said: ‘Man v Fat Football gave me a kick up the behind and made me realise how bad my health was.

‘I was then put into a group of lads who all had the same goals to play football and to lose weight.

‘It gives me a focus and a desire to lose weight and as the weeks go on I feel better about myself.’ 

The scheme is £9.99 to register and games cost £6 per week.

To join visit or for more details email [email protected]