Football fans get fighting fit in Sheffield

Sheffield United staff, players and fans have health checks at the first Blades Fan Fit event at Sheffield United, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 20th February 2018. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
Sheffield United staff, players and fans have health checks at the first Blades Fan Fit event at Sheffield United, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 20th February 2018. Photo by Glenn Ashley.
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Football fans are being encouraged to get fit as part of a new health initiative to increase awareness of cancer.

Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield United Football Club, working in partnership with Weston Park Cancer Charity and Sheffield United Community Foundation, are delivering the ‘Fan Fit’ scheme before Blades home games.

The scheme is aimed at increasing cancer awareness and improving the health and wellbeing of fans.

As part of the new initiative, Blades fans are offered 15-minute health checks, with those people who sign up for the checks given the option of registering for two tests including body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol or lung function.

The scheme has been supported by Sheffield United directors, vice presidents and players.

Dave McCarthy, Sheffield United Operations Director said: “We’re extremely proud to be making a difference to our community through the Community Foundation and are committed to improving the wellbeing of fans.

“We’re extremely pleased at the response that Fan Fit has had so far.

“The health and wellbeing of our fans and their families is paramount to Sheffield United Football Club and Sheffield United Community Foundation and thanks to Weston Park Cancer Charity’s generous support, we hope to increase awareness of cancer, speed of diagnosis and treatment.

“By 2020, one in two people will be affected by cancer – that’s more than 16,000 people on a matchday at Bramall Lane. So now, possibly more than ever, is the time for us to keep developing and progressing new ways of raising funds and awareness.

“The scheme will still be available before the Millwall home games so I’d urge fans to get involved if they haven’t already.”

Appointments ahead of SUFC v Millwall on Saturday will be held from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

For more information or to book an appointment email hwb-fanfit@shu.ac.uk.