The 14-week programme, aimed at men of all ages and physical ability who are committed to improving their health through weekly involvement in a competitive football league, follows on from the club’s recent support for Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Smart campaign. 

Uniquely, the league is not decided on points won alone, but also pounds lost which will be noted at the weekly weigh-in. 

To ensure maximum results are achieved, each player has been provided with dietary advice and has access to unique resources and have continuous support available to them.

The introductory session was a chance for participants to meet one another and have their weight and height noted for close monitoring.

SELFIE: Scott Golbourne poses for photos at the launch of Man versus Fat (Photo: JMP UK). 

Bristol City defender Scott Golbourne took time out of his schedule to offer nutritional advice to attendees, while posing for photos and signing autographs. 

Speaking of the initiative, the Bristolian said: “I think it is a very good project. Following on from the Sugar Smart campaign, it’s another positive programme and something that people can get involved in to improve their standard of health.

“It’s a really good concept and I think it will definitely push people that little bit more to lose a few pounds where they can. 

“It’s good to get people out of the house and active. I think there is a lot of criticism these days of too many people watching television, sitting on computers and being couch potatoes.

“This project will help people in getting out and being active on a regular basis and will allow them to meet people in a similar position to themselves, whilst sharing a common goal.”