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Blades fans get fighting fit

2 April 2018

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Organisers have spoken of the early success of a new health initiative aimed at football fans which is being offered before Sheffield United home games.

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, aimed at increasing cancer awareness and improving the health and wellbeing of fans. Looking after these key measures will help prevent cancer, strokes and heart attacks.

Supporting the scheme have been Sheffield United directors, vice presidents and players.

The new initiative sees 15-minute health checks offered to Blades fans, with those 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 is being delivered by Sheffield Hallam University's sport and exercise scientists and is designed to look at current health, lifestyle and fitness. They also include advice on changes which can be made to improve someone's wellness profile.

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.

"It's great to see how popular and well-received the health checks have been, having taken place at two home games so far.


"The scheme will still be available before the Middlesbrough and Millwall home games so I'd urge fans to get involved if they haven't already."

The 'SUFC Fan Fit' will take place in the Community Hall, which is located on John Street and be available before the following home matches:

  • Middlesbrough
    Tuesday 10th April, 4.15pm-7.15pm
     
  • Millwall
    Saturday 14th April, 9.30am-12.30pm
     

For more information or to book an appointment email hwb-fanfit@shu.ac.uk with a preferred choice of match fixture/date.

Appointments will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis and a mobile number must be provide so a text reminder can be sent out a few days in advance, although supporters will also receive email confirmation of their appointment.


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