Charlton Athletic are helping fans improve their fitness in 2020 by offering a free 12-week healthy living programme.
FIT FANS, run by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), aims to help supporters tackle their weight, get healthier and be happier with the first sessions beginning next week.
Run in conjunction with the EFL Trust, the initiative is backed by over £2.25m of National Lottery funding from Sport England to support over 10,000 fans across the UK.
It comes after Sport England identified lower physical activity participation rates among people living on low incomes with one of the organisation’s aims to provide them with a long-term healthy and active lifestyle.
The programme aims to show individuals how to:
- Improve their eating habits by reducing portion sizes and swapping fatty and sugary foods for fruit, vegetables and high fibre foods.
- Achieve at least 45 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week. They receive weekly exercise sessions each week and follow a personal pedometer-based walking programme that encourages them to fit physical activity into their daily lives.
- Use tried-and-tested behaviour change techniques to become more active and improve their diet. These include regular self-monitoring of their weight and pedometer step counts as well as setting SMART goals to make changes that can be sustained long-term.
The 12-week programme will also give fans unprecedented access to the club and a look behind the scenes with some set to be held at The Valley itself.
Split into two groups – the men’s first session will be held at Valley Central Youth Hub on Monday January 20th (7-9pm).
Meanwhile, the women’s group will start on Friday January 24th (1-3pm) at Brookhill Children’s Centre in Woolwich.