Football leagues launch in Lincolnshire for overweight men

New football leagues created exclusively for overweight men looking to lose weight are launching in Lincolnshire.

Supported by the Lincolnshire Football Association, three MAN v FAT Football Leagues are launching in Boston, Lincoln and Skegness this year to provide opportunities for overweight men to lose weight whilst playing competitive football.

MAN v FAT Football is an FA-endorsed initiative created exclusively for males who love football and want to lose weight. As well as offering enjoyment through football, there is an emphasis placed upon losing weight and becoming healthier, with points not only awarded for winning games but for losing pounds too.

One league is already up and running in Lincoln, taking place on Wednesday evenings at Yarborough Leisure Centre between 8pm and 10pm. Five teams are currently involved but there is availability for others to express an interest in joining.

A second league is starting at Peter Paine Sports Centre in Boston on Friday 21 February, with fixtures to take place on Friday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Meanwhile, on 10 March a Tuesday night league (8.30pm – 9.30pm) will launch at The Pavilion on Wainfleet Road in Skegness.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have three MAN v FAT Football Leagues launching in the county this year. The league at Yarborough Leisure Centre is only in its early stages but has already been a roaring success and I’m confident the others will be just as popular,” said Jake Park, Football Development Officer at Lincolnshire FA.

“Losing weight can be an extremely difficult task but when a sport as popular as football in involved, everything seems much easier and more enjoyable. Players are weighed before games and extra goal bonuses are awarded for players who have lost the most pounds, so it becomes a real team effort which only helps to encourage commitment, both on and off the pitch.”