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MAN v FAT Soccer (UWA)
UWA Sport and the Psychology of Active, Healthy Living (PAHL) group at the University of Western Australia have partnered with a successful weight-loss program from the United Kingdom (UK) that is designed specifically for men.
MAN v FAT Soccer is for overweight and obese men of any fitness level - every player is in the same situation and wants the same thing. Players join a 6 a-side soccer team and play a match each week, but uniquely, their team's position in the league is decided not just by goals scored on the pitch, but also by weight lost each week.
Realising that most weight loss programs just weren't working for men, the UK founders of the program opened the first MAN v FAT league in January 2016. Just over two years later, there are now over 50 leagues and 4,500 men involved across the UK, and together they've managed to lose over 50,000kg!
If you're a man who has a BMI of 27.5 or higher (you can check your BMI here) then you're eligible to join the UWA MAN v FAT league; the first MAN v FAT league anywhere in the world outside the UK! Registration for the first UWA season is just $10; all other costs are being subsidised by UWA Sport.
Registration night: Wednesday 5 September, 6–8pm, UWA Watersports Complex
League dates: Wednesday 12 September–Wednesday 12 December (Wednesday nights, 6-9pm). Weekly competition includes 30-minute soccer match and weigh in before the match.
Location: Riley Oval, University of Western Australia
Registration cost: $10 (Subsidised league)
Registrations open/Registrations close: Monday 6 August/Friday 31 August
How does it work?
Losing weight is tough, and doing it on your own can be almost impossible. But, you're not alone - over 70% of Australian men are overweight or obese. MAN v FAT Soccer means you don't have to do it on your own. Every week, you'll get together with your team mates to play a 30-minute game of soccer. But it doesn't end there - in MAN v FAT Soccer leagues, you score goals for your team on the pitch (the traditional way) as well as off it - by losing weight in the week between matches.
Not only that, you're surround by men just like you, who want to lose weight and have fun while they do it. And you get loads of help, including expert advice from your league coach, a dedicated website and player handbook, and through support from guys on your team.
How much will I lose?
Based on a 14-week pilot scheme run in the UK program, players lost 10kg on average and 95% of players lost weight! But the benefits don't stop at weight loss - guys in the UK are sleeping, eating and feeling better through taking part in MAN v FAT. If you follow this link, you can see stories from 100 guys who took the plunge and changed their lives through MAN v FAT.
This is the first time that anyone outside the UK has been able to take part in MAN v FAT, and we're really excited to be able to bring it to Aussie men. If you want to learn more about the program, check out the FAQ below, or contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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