Funding boost for football and nutrition weight loss programme for men

PR Date: 
Friday, 17 March 2017 - 2:00pm

The Alpha Programme, created to promote weight loss, health and wellbeing and football to hard to reach groups of men, was awarded £850 by North Hertfordshire District Council’s Letchworth Area Committee at a meeting last week (8 March), subject to completion of the necessary formalities.

The programme targets men aged 35-64 years old, with a BMI of 25 or above to support them in adopting a healthier lifestyle. The project will run at Lordship Farm School in Letchworth. Over the last two years the programme has helped 40 men lose weight and maintain weight loss. Organisers will use the funding to recruit an additional 20-25 men onto the programme.

Cllr Mike Rice, Chairman for the Letchworth Area Committee said "As we know, weight problems and obesity have an impact on people's enjoyment of life. Services such as this one, are a valuable and hopefully fun way for people to overcome those issues, improve their general health, and allow them to lead happier and longer lives."

Mark Cortnage, a Senior lecturer in Public health at Anglia Ruskin University and one of the founders of The Alpha Programme, said, "We are delighted to receive this funding to assist us in building The Alpha Programme and reaching more men.  Its success in achieving long term weight loss is proven, but the additional win for guys is the social aspect and ability to get out there playing football again; lose weight and enjoy it!"

Come along to Lordship farm school every Monday evening 7-8pm. Receive your first session free. For more information visit:

Alpha Programme