Football opportunity for men who want to lose weight

People are being encouraged to sign up to a new free weight-loss initiative organised by Kent County Council and a magazine.

MAN v FAT is a magazine founded by writer, editor and publisher Andrew Shanahan who struggled with with his weight and created the magazine for men who shared his struggle.

The magazine then created MAN v FAT Football and MAN v FAT challenge. Two opportunities for men across the UK to part take in to encourage healthy weight loss through sport and activity.

Through the partnership with Kent County Council, MAN v FAT Football is able to offer free membership to their MAN v FAT Football clubs. Where they play weekly small-sided football games with qualified referees, medals and trophies.

Members are allowed to join if they are over the age of 18 and have a BMI of 27.5 or over.

The clubs are in found in four Kent locations; Maidstone, Tonbridge, Gravesend and Margate.


Weight loss is encouraged by offering incentives during the matches, such as the chance to score bonus goals based on pre-match weigh-ins.

MAN v FAT Football claims on their website that ‘90% of our players lose weight thanks to our successful combination of team support, accountability and competitiveness.’

When signing up to the club there is a £10 deposit joining fee that is reimbursed after 10 or 14 sessions with the club making the activity free to Kent residents.

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