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Developing and Evaluating Football Fans in Training

After more than 3 years of hard work, we were delighted to announce the publication of the results of the Football Fans in Training Randomised Controlled Trial with the Lancet. The paper is available to read for free and is published alongside a paper in BMC Public Health that explores the appeal of the football club as a setting for men's weight management programmes. For more information about these papers see the Findings section of this website.
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The Football Fans in Training (FFIT) project marks a unique collaboration between academics, the Scottish Professional Football League Trust (SPFL Trust, previously the Scottish Premier League Trust) and Scotland's top football clubs, which has already attracted more than 3000 men to make significant changes to their risk of ill health by losing weight, becoming more active and eating a healthier diet.

The FFIT programme has been developed to include the latest scientific approaches to weight loss, physical activity and diet. These are delivered to groups of Scottish male football fans by community coaches at their favourite professional football club.

The FFIT programme has been fully evaluated in a major research project, which has been led by the University of Glasgow. The research project included the first ever randomised controlled trial of a health intervention delivered through professional sports clubs, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research programme.

Throughout this website you will find information relating to various FFIT research projects and FFIT’s impact on the health of male football fans across Scotland.
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If you are considering taking part in a future delivery of the programme you can sign up by visiting the SPFL Trust's dedicated FFIT website.
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