FOOTBALL fans are being encouraged to sign up to a free 12-week fitness programme to help tackle their weight.
Rotherham United and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust are taking part in UK-wide scheme Fit Fans, set up by the English Football League Trust (EFL).
Fit Fans will kick off at the New York Stadium on Thursday, January 9.
Emma Schofield, health and wellbeing manager for RUCST, said having the opportunity to get the community involved in a life-changing programme was something they were extremely proud of.
“We know that education is the way to help people make the right choices and with such high levels of obesity in the town the programme couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Emma.
The programme will help people to improve their eating habits and encourage a minimum of 45 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day.
Behaviour change techniques will also be used to help people achieve their goals, including regular weight self-monitoring, pedometer step counts and daily goals.
Attendees will also get unprecedented access to the Millers with a behind-the-scenes tour during the scheme.
Thirty football clubs across England are taking part in the initiative, which is being supported by more than £2.25million of National Lottery funding from Sport England.
It aims to use the magnetism of football to tackle obesity levels in over 10,000 fans.
To sign up, visit www.efltrust.com/FITFANS.