MAN v FAT Community’s success celebrated


The achievements of the MAN v FAT Community were celebrated on Saturday 5th February, as hundreds watched from around the UK and beyond.

2021 saw men across the UK lose nearly 100,000lbs in weight and the achievements of the community were commemorated in MAN v FAT’s second annual awards.

This year’s awards, in partnership with Higos Insurance, saw us joined by the irrepressible Ian Holloway, who provided plenty of support for the men up for the awards, as well as anecdotes that were funny and thought provoking in equal measure.

It proved to be a memorable evening for the guys in the MAN v FAT Newport club, who followed up their National Tournament win in September by collecting three awards, including Coach of the Year and the coveted Club of the Year title.

Their successes saw the awards hosted just around the corner from the Newport club venue, allowing MAN v FAT to surprise club members with an in-person visit from Ian to hand over the silverware.

You can watch the awards here.

This year’s winners were:-

Challenger of the Year (in partnership with the Roy Castle Lung Foundation): Richard Lay

Most Active Player: Ryan Hickson (Crewe)

Media Mogul (in partnership with The Gym Group, Colchester): Billy & Champo (Newport)

Player Facilitator (in partnership with Andy Man’s Club): Dave Bell (Hull)

Referee of the Year: Gordon Winton (West Brom)

Partner of the Year: Millwall Community Trust

Regional Clubs of the Year (who went on to compete for the national title!)
South East: Bromley
South West: Newport
North: Hull
Central: Kidderminster

Clubman of the Year: Jake Miller (Taunton)

Regional Coach of the Year (who went on to compete for the national title!)
South East: Dean Bax (King’s Lynn)
South West: James Stanford (Newport)
Central: Neil Glover (West Brom)
North: Sam Thorne (Crewe)

Best New Club (in partnership with Macron): King’s Lynn

Coach of the Year: James Stanford (Newport)

Most Valuable Player: Marcus Rees Harris (Sunderland)

Team of the Year: Egg Fried Reus (Gillingham)

Community Hero (in partnership with Movember): Andrew Lauchlan (Yeovil)

Club of the Year: Newport

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, winners and – of course – to the overall MAN v FAT Community for making this such an incredible group of guys to be a part of!


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