Montrose helping to keep the fans FFIT

Archie McPherson (left) and Alan Rough promoting the SPFL Trust's Football Fans in Training programme, now available at Links Park.

Archie McPherson (left) and Alan Rough promoting the SPFL Trust's Football Fans in Training programme, now available at Links Park.

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Montrose supporters are enjoying a FFIT and healthy 2015 – thanks to the roll-out of a healthy lifestyle and training programme led by The SPFL Trust and now backed by Archie MacPherson and Alan Rough.

The Football Fans in Training programme (FFIT) helps supporters feel better and live a healthier lifestyle by losing weight, taking more exercise and improving their diet.

Those taking part in the 12-week programme, funded by the Scottish Government, enjoy weekly training sessions at the home stadiums of the clubs they support. Since the project began, participants have collectively lost an incredible 7.5 tonnes in weight.

Archie MacPherson said: “Football Fans In Training is delivering exactly what football has always had the power to do – a strong link between club and community, for the betterment of the supporters. I wish all Montrose participants every success with FFIT and look forward to hearing of many more successes in the future.”

Clubs currently involved are Aberdeen, Albion Rovers, Annan Athletic, Brechin City, Celtic, Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Dundee United, Dunfermline Athletic, East Fife, Falkirk, Hamilton Accies, Hearts, Hibernian, Inverness CT, Kilmarnock, Montrose, Morton, Motherwell, Partick Thistle, Queen’s Park, Rangers, Ross County, St Johnstone, St Mirren and Stenhousemuir.

Links Park Community Trust is delivering the project on behalf of Montrose Football Club. Peter Davidson, project manager said: “Links Park Community Trust operate across three distinct strands; sport, education and health. Having developed a number of award-winning sporting and educational initiatives, the FFIT programme is our flagship initiative within the area of health and we look forward to supporting fans of Montrose FC improve their health and well-being.”

Details about FFIT and how to sign up can be found on the new SPFL Trust website http://spfltrust.org.uk/