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RT @GedGrebby: Busy week for #ShowRacismTheRedCard: events at @NFFC @LaticsOfficial @SouthamptonFC @SunderlandAFC and National Football Musโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™จ... โšฝ 4-day Football ๐Ÿฅ… 1:1 Coaching ๐Ÿค– Sphero Coding Club ๐ŸŽƒ Little Dribโ€ฆ https://t.co/a5OziqyiNj

๐ŸŸ๏ธ Although there's no home match this weekend you can still stay ahead of the game and get your ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” tโ€ฆ https://t.co/WMbQAuxK9F

๐Ÿ”ด Thank you to @SRTRC_England for joining us @BeaconofLight this week to host a special workshop for primary schoolโ€ฆ https://t.co/MXwxjEgry9

RT @SRTRC_England: #WRD21: ONE WEEK TO GO ๐Ÿšจ There is just ONE WEEK until #SRtRC's annual Wear Red Day on Friday 22 October! Do your bit aโ€ฆ

โ™ฅ๏ธ Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our friend and former colleague Sarah Howell todโ€ฆ https://t.co/VjRBLrTDIJ

๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐’๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐œ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ โšฝ Football - Tuesday 1-3pm ๐Ÿ‘ Multi-sports - Thursday 10-1โ€ฆ https://t.co/Ekv20oAQzs

A @SAFCLadies debut in the ๐Ÿ‘œ for our @SunderlandRTC graduate @grace_safc ๐Ÿ‘ Congrats, Grace #PlayerPathways https://t.co/V4ZI3pKLYX

๐ŸŽฅ Highlights of our ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ - #SAFC stars past and present meet HRH The Countess of Wessex and Sir Bob Mโ€ฆ https://t.co/fbaoGfcIle

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Last Friday's ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ saw the official launch of our charity calendar, featuring wildlife photographyโ€ฆ https://t.co/83JAImmVHW

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™จ... โšฝ 4-day Football ๐Ÿฅ… 1:1 Coaching ๐Ÿค– Sphero Coding Club ๐ŸŽƒ Little Dribโ€ฆ https://t.co/1XgKrOvRj6

RT @SinghJ1591: Fantastic event this afternoon with @SRTRC_England at @BeaconofLight . Huge thank you to @SunderlandAFC Scholar & #PLInspirโ€ฆ

RT @SRTRC_England: Our campaigns team are out delivering anti-racism education in Sunderland today! Big thank you to @SAFCFoL | @Sunderlaโ€ฆ

๐ŸŸ๏ธ Our next ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw will be when the Lads host Charlton Athletic in the league, you can get your tickโ€ฆ https://t.co/oyjX6WzqkT

๐Ÿ“ˆ Our ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” jackpot is on the up! It's now over ยฃ2,200 and will only grow ahead of the next draw whenโ€ฆ https://t.co/vuIBoBfROE

๐Ÿค— Little Dribblers Playgroup at the Beacon of Light tomorrow... ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 9.30-11.30am ๐Ÿ‘ถ Age 0-3 years ๐Ÿ’ฐ ยฃ3 eacโ€ฆ https://t.co/kppxQUWy4A

RT @BeaconofLight: โŒ Unfortunately there will be ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—™๐—– ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ at the Beacon of Light tonight ahead of the Papa Johnโ€™s Trophyโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘ Weโ€™re backing @Womeninsport_ukโ€™s #TimeTogether campaign to encourage teenage girls and their mums to reconnect byโ€ฆ https://t.co/QDawaNi5DR

RT @sunderlandsmile: So proud that my #wildlife images are helping to raise funds for the marvellous @SAFCFoL charity with their 2022 calenโ€ฆ

SUNDERLAND AFC AND FOUNDATION OF LIGHT HELP FANS TO TACKLE THEIR WEIGHT

Sunderland AFC and its official charity, Foundation of Light, have joined forces to help fans tackle their weight, get healthier and be happier through a new national initiative.

FIT FANS is a free 12-week health and fitness programme at the Stadium of Light. Starting on Thursday 16th January, FIT FANS will bring together SAFC supporters aged between 35-65 to take part in fun and engaging exercise around the Stadium site.

Sunderland AFC and the Foundation join 30 clubs in England taking part in the EFL Trustโ€™s programme, which has been supported by over ยฃ2.25 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England and will aim to use the power of football to tackle obesity levels in over 10,000 fans across the UK.

The programme shows 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 at their club for 12 weeks, 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 and setting SMART goals to make changes that can be sustained long term.

The free 12-week programme gives fans unprecedented access to Sunderland AFC and unique chance to look behind the scenes.

FIT FANS is one of a number of initiatives in the North East and across England to tackle lower physical activity participation rates among people living on low incomes, which is one of Sport Englandโ€™s key priorities.

36.4 million people (61.4% of Englandโ€™s population) live within 10 miles of an EFL ground, with four in 10 residents within this catchment area falling into the most-deprived population groups.

Sport England has identified lower physical activity participation rates among people living on low incomes and that is why they have joined forces with the EFL Trust network to help people create a long-term healthy and active lifestyle.

FIT FANS is the operating name in England and Wales for Football Fans in Training, which was created in a Scotland by the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust.

In 2011/12, a large scale randomised, controlled trial study showed that 12 months after the programme, men had lost an average of 5% of their starting weight by making gradual practical changes to their physical activity and diet, that they could keep up in their everyday lives.

We are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of FIT FANS to the Stadium of Light on Thursday. This free 12 week programme is a fantastic opportunity for Sunderland fans and will make a big difference to our local communities and supporters

Liz Barton-Jones, Head of Sport and Wellbeing at the Foundation of Light

Mike Evans, Director of Operations, EFL Trust said โ€œFIT FANS is an example of our potential to make a really significant contribution to the health of our communities.ย  We are excited by the prospect of rolling the programme our across out network and reaching many thousands of men and women.โ€

Patrick Brosnan, Sport Englandโ€™s Football Lead said โ€œWe are delighted to see the success FIT FANS has had in its pilot phase at 5 EFL clubs in England and hope that the National Lottery funding to EFL Trust will go a long way in harnessing football fansโ€™ love for the game to support more people to lead healthy and active lives.โ€

Nicky Reid, Chief Executive, SPFL Trust commentsย โ€œWe are delighted to have reached agreement with the EFL Trust to bring Football Fans in Training to clubs right across the EFL. The programme – which was developed in Scotland – has been life changing for thousands of men and women, in both the short and long-term. I am sure that thousands of football fans are going to love being part of the programme and are going to reap enormous rewards by being healthier and happier.โ€

Get your free place on our next course by visitingย efltrust.com/FITFANSย or contacting us atย FIT@foundationoflight.co.ukย or call us on 0191 563 4777.

13 January 2020

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