The FA Officially Endorses MAN v FAT Football

We thought you might like to hear it from us first – The FA (no, not the FAT you big lollywaggins) have officially endorsed MAN v FAT Football. As you might imagine this is BIG NEWS and follows a lot of investigation from The FA to make sure that what we’re up to is officially good for men – turns out we are. 


Three lions sign for MAN v FAT Football

It’s great for the leagues because it means that we can work with The FA to bring the leagues around the country. We’re already working with several regional FAs to get the leagues across the UK and beyond (find the league nearest you now). It’s also the start of a working relationship which will see The FA supporting our aims in a number of different ways. Finally, it’s great news because we got to go to Wembley and run around the stands like we were important, at least until security asked us to leave. 

Here’s the official press release:

MAN v FAT Football is a new football league concept that helps players to lose weight as well as get back into football. With over 95% of players on the leagues across the country losing weight, The FA have added their approval to a growing list of players who say the leagues have saved their lives.

MAN v FAT was created by Andrew Shanahan in 2014 when he tried to lose weight but found that all of the commercially-available options were focused exclusively on supporting women to lose weight. Wondering why no support existed to help men like himself he launched which now helps more than half a million men per year to lose weight and get healthier. Their latest innovation is MAN v FAT Football – a six-a-side football league format that helps men to lose weight and get back into football.

“MAN v FAT Football is a scheme that we started in January 2016 to see if there was any interest from other men,” explains Shanahan. “We had 80 places on the initial league and nearly 1,000 men applied to join. Since then we’ve seen a growing desire from men around the country who want to get back into football and address their weight, fitness and health issues. 10 months on and we now have nearly 80 leagues either running or preparing to launch and the leagues have helped men lose over five tonnes in weight. We’re thrilled to get the support of The FA which will be a massive help in developing the concept.”

manvfat-fc-badgeAndy Dyke, National Participation Manager For Recreational Football at the Football Association said, “Football doesn’t begin and end with the professional game, there are different levels and styles of football played throughout the UK. At The FA we’re passionate about supporting all of those types of football that reach out to different people and seeing them flourish and achieve their aims. MAN v FAT Football is a brilliant initiative for anyone who wants to address their weight and health and start working their way back into playing football. The results of the leagues are extremely impressive and we are excited to see the impact this could have on men’s health across the country.”

Currently, there are over 20 million overweight and obese men in the UK, accounting for nearly 7 out of every 10 men. The issue of weight has become such a concern that a recent report suggested that the government should treat it as the number one public health concern. Despite this, funding has been cut to local authorities and men are nearly 300% less likely to get support for their weight than women. Despite this MAN v FAT Football is one of the only options for men who want to lose weight. Fortunately, with a number of leagues across the UK, men who want to lose weight and get back into football now have an opportunity to do something about it.

Chris Fenton, joined MAN v FAT Football in January and has now dropped over 5 stone, “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 and better about myself. I have more energy and for the first time I’m able to play with my kids without getting tired. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and would recommend it to any man.”

Dyke has some simple advice for players who are thinking about joining in and getting back into football: “There’s really nothing to lose in signing up and giving it a go. You might be thinking that your footballing days are behind you, but MAN v FAT Football is a great bridge back into the national game. The FA are happy to endorse the scheme and recommend that players visit to get started.”

What do you think? Is it time you gave MAN v FAT Football a go? The only thing you have to lose is fat, even The FA says so. 


About the Author /

I'm Andrew Shanahan, I started MAN v FAT when I lost over 60lbs and realised that there was naff all help for men who wanted to lose weight.

From the forum

  1. Absolutely blooming fantastic!! There will be a MvF Footy section on MOTD soon enough!

  2. Quality work @admin I know you’ve had to put a lot into this and I’m sure their backing will help us support many people in the years to come with their physical and emotional battles with food.
    For such a large prestigious (most the time) organisation to take note and support it, it really goes to show incredible the scheme is.
    I speak to chaps every single week who are so grateful for what you have set up and genuinely couldn’t have done it without man v fat.
    It’s also great to see new faces coming in every week with that glowing enthusiasm and confidence of “yes I CAN do this”.

  3. MSK says:

    Speaking as an American with zero knowledge of FA, etc, I can tell this is absolutely fantastic. Great job @admin for all you’ve done to achieve this milestone!

  4. Brilliant stuff, great recognition for something that truly deserves it! Well done all involved!

  5. admin says:

    Thanks all - I know they often get a bit of a bad rep as an organisation but they really are a passionate bunch who love football, so they’re quite easy to get on with really!

  6. Fantastic news. Great to see all your recent efforts pay off @admin.
    It gives so much credibility to the scheme as a whole and is a great motivation for all the hard work put in and achieved by guys up and down the country in their weight loss journeys now and in the future.

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