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FIT SADDLERS returns to the Banks's Stadium

21 April 2021

Walsall FC and Walsall FC Community Programme are restarting our free FIT SADDLERS programme, helping fans to tackle their weight and get healthier and happier.

After a pause due to Covid-19, the free 12-week programme will now start at the Banks’s Stadium for men in May.

FIT SADDLERS is aimed at 35-65 year-olds who want to reach the goal of a healthier lifestyle, with men’s sessions to run on Friday evenings (starting 21st May). Women’s sessions will also be returning later in the year.

The EFL’s FIT FANS project is aimed at football fans, and all aspects of FIT SADDLERS sessions are delivered around different areas of the Banks’s Stadium.

Each week participants will work through 45 minutes of discussion topics including healthy eating, activity, hydration and alcohol. This is followed by 45 minutes of physical activity, tailored for those new to exercise or those who have been out of the swing of things for a while.

The programme also includes a visit from a player, ex-player or club ambassador, and 2 free tickets to a future Walsall FC home game (subject to availability and restrictions).

Chris Springthorpe, Health Officer at Walsall FCCP, said: “Despite it being curtailed by lockdown, it was great to see the success of our first FIT SADDLERS course. Both the men and women seemed to really enjoy the activities and were well on their way to getting fitter and happier.

“We’re really pleased to bring the sessions back. Many people will be looking to get active after a difficult and uncertain year, and we are glad to help them along the way. Whatever your ability level, we encourage you to give FIT SADDLERS a try.”

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

To register your interest for FIT SADDLERS, please email chris.springthorpe@walsallfc.co.uk. More details are also available online at walsallfccp.com/fitsaddlers/


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