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Stay in shape! Campaign to get football fans active during lockdown

Our Foundation supports important initiative to boost fitness

21 April 2020

An online ‘FIT FANS’ campaign has today been launched to provide a safe way for fans to get active in the safety of their homes and our Foundation are backing this important initiative.

In support of Sport England’s ‘Stay In Work Out’ campaign, the programme will ensure fans have a safe way to start and maintain exercise safely, during this current period. It is a combined effort by The EFL and EFL Trust to help supporters around the country during lockdown.  

Over the next 12 weeks, fans will be invited to join in with sessions developed by two fitness coaches, Scott Copeland and Steph Thompson from the Club Community Organisation (CCO) network, and their videos will be released twice a week for fans to follow and get involved with.

The sessions will introduce the concepts of safe warm up and cool down, increasing daily step counts and activity levels gradually, before moving onto sessions including aerobic strength and training. The exercises will vary and be a fun way to really give fans the chance to keep moving and see improvements in their fitness.

The sessions will be released each week on Wednesday at 5.00 pm and Saturday at 11.00 am on the EFL and EFL Trust YouTube channels, and will be available for fans to watch at their own leisure within the safety of their own homes.

Our AFC Wimbledon Foundation have been providing a series of online activities to get supporters active, including skills challenges for its PDC and PL Kicks players and work out You Tube videos for our 50-plus Walking Football and DONS Fit participants.  Our resident answer to Joe Wicks is Foundation coach Alan Sellers, who has led some of these sessions and also created specific sessions and online quizzes for our MIND in Kingston mental health sessions. Visit You Tube to access Alan’s fitness sessions. Foundation coach Kasha Petit has also uploaded a skills video that supporters are welcome to have a go at!

According to new research released by Sport England, over 65 per cent of people believe that exercise is helping them with their mental health, making an active lifestyle more important than ever for EFL fans and the nation.

Stay home, save lives and join the FIT FANS movement as we find new ways to keep moving in around our homes.

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