Man v Fat football weight-loss league coming to Banbury

Overweight players getting back into the game thanks to Man v Fat Football
Overweight players getting back into the game thanks to Man v Fat Football

The FA-endorsed football league aimed at helping overweight or obese men shed the pounds while having a kickabout, Man v Fat, is launching in Banbury.

From September 27 at Banbury Academy, men who want to tackle their weight issues now have the chance to join the league 'where the losers win'.

Almost all players lose weight and some have shed up to 70lbs during the 16 week league which has found success across the country since being set up by Andrew Shanahan.

"We're thrilled to offer this to men across the UK. We've seen that Man v Fat Football can have an incredible impact on the health of our players with 95 per cent of players losing weight and 93 per cent reporting health improvements from curing sleep apnoea to huge improvements in blood pressure and joint pain.

"Across 2017 our players lost more than seven tonnes in weight and we know that we’re going to smash that in 2018 with leagues like the one in Banbury.”

Players undergo the traditional weigh-ins before each game, a 30 minute match of six-a-side football, where extra goal bonuses are awarded depending on the pounds lost by the players.

Andy Dyke from the Football Association said: “Football doesn’t begin and end with the professional game, there are different levels and styles of football played throughout the UK.

"Man v Fat Football is a brilliant initiative for anyone who wants to address their weight and start working their way back into playing football.

"The results of the leagues are extremely impressive and we are excited to see the impact this could have on men’s health across the country and around the world.

"You might be thinking that your footballing days are behind you, but Man v Fat Football is a great bridge back into the national game.

"The FA are happy to back the scheme and suggest that players visit to get started.”

Man v Fat Football launches at Banbury Academy from September 27, and will run every Thursday from 8pm-10pm for 16 weeks.

For more information or to join up, visit, call 0845 163 0042 or email