SPFL Trust visit the WHO to discuss FFIT

6 March 2019

SPFL Trust visit the WHO to discuss FFIT

On February, Nicky Reid, Chief Executive Officer and Derek Allison, Operations Manager from the Scottish Professional Football League Trust (SPFL Trust) visited the headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to talk about the flagship programme Football Fans in Training (FFIT).

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

The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Increase knowledge of diet & nutrition
  • Improve lifestyle choices & mental health
  • Increase physical activity amongst participants
  • Reduce weight and waist measurements
  • Increase engagement in other physical activity

The programme has been so successful that not only has it spread to clubs in England and Germany, it has now been brought to the attention of the United Nations. WHO have a new global action plan on physical activity which is running from 2018 – 2030, and they are looking for programmes from across the globe, to help people across the globe to be fitter and healthier.

The FFIT methodology has also been used as a basis for EFDN’s Active Fans programme.


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