The UK’s leading men’s weight loss programme, MAN v FAT, has gained Football Association of Wales Associate Membership, with the two parties set to work together to further integrate the MAN v FAT community into Welsh grassroots.
As part of the membership, MAN v FAT’s programme in Wales will receive a range of support for not only the HQ team but for the 500+ Welsh players across the MAN v FAT network of clubs, who have already lost over 7,500kg of excess weight in their weekly sessions.
The Six Welsh clubs – in Bridgend, Cardiff, Newport, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Wrexham – will also benefit from guidance on growing their 11-a-side teams under the MAN v FAT umbrella, as As well as support accessing qualified referees and education courses.
MAN v FAT nationally has acted as a gateway to get men back into active sport and, as a result of the membership now in place, work will take place to integrate MAN v FAT Football into the Football Association of Wales’ participation development plan.
Rebecca Osland, National Participation and Partnerships Manager for the Football Association of Wales said: “We are excited to have formed a new working relationship with MAN v FAT through our FAW Associate Membership.
“Grassroots recreational football is a key area of growth for us in Cymru, opening up new opportunities to play different formats of the game and attract new people into football. Working with MAN v FAT will allow us to identify areas across Cymru that will benefit from these sessions and have a real impact within communities.”
The MAN v FAT programme has been fortunate to take its UK national tournaments to some great venues in the past and it’s hoped this new relationship will open up possibilities across the Welsh border.
Stuart Normansell, Regional Manager for MAN v FAT, added: “Myself and our delivery team in Wales are really excited to move forwards knowing the MAN v FAT Football programme in Wales is recognised by the countries governing body. We hope this relationship can strengthen our mission to help men get healthier through football.”
And Richard Crick, Head of MAN v FAT was equally delighted to confirm the new partnership: “MAN v FAT’s clubs in Wales are some of the strongest communities that we have and are standard bearers for how to achieve positive outcomes within MAN v FAT.
“Our new relationship with the Football Association of Wales will only help us further the quality of our MAN v FAT Football clubs in the nation.”
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