Football Fans In Training (FFIT)


Categories associated with best practice:

  • Individual
  • Adult (ages 25-64) icon
  • Alcohol Abuse Icon 1
  • Best Practices
  • English
  • Personal health practices and coping skills
  • Physical Activity
  • Recreation/ Fitness/ Sport Facilities

Determinants of Health: Personal health practices and coping skills, Gender


Primary Source Document

CM Gray, K Hunt, N Mutrie, AS Anderson, J Leishman, L Dalgarno, S Wyke , Football Fans in Training: the development and optimization of an intervention delivered through professional sports clubs to help men lose weight, become more active and adopt healthier eating habits. BioMed Central (BMC) public health 2013 13:232

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Led by university researchers (lead investigator: S. Wyke), the first iteration of the intervention was developed by an expert multidisciplinary working group (professional disciplines include psychologist, health social scientist, gender and health, nutritionist, men's health nursing) and a football league trust representative. After the pilot, the intervention was refined by the researchers, with input from participants and community coaches.

Intervention Focus


Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Physical Activity

Risk Reduction

  • Prevent/reduce alcohol use/abuse

Specific Activities of the Intervention

  • Information sessions offered about a risk factor or condition
  • Group process/program
  • Other training session
  • Other

Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

Life Stage

  • Adults (age 25-64 years)


Educational Settings

    Community Setting

    • Recreation/fitness/sport facilities


    Outcomes and Impact Chart
    Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
    Individual Level

    Health and Behaviour Outcomes – Evidence provided regarding: Weight loss (4.36%), BMI reduction, waist circumference, body fat %, BP, all significantly in favour of the intervention group; self-reported PA, alcohol reduction, and dietary changes, all significantly in favour of intervention group; psychological and quality of life outcomes positive in favour of intervention group.

    Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
    Organizational Level

    The programme was inexpensive to deliver and was cost-effective.

    Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
    Societal Level

    FFIT succeeded in reaching high-risk men who were not attracted to other weight management programmes and at high risk of future disease.

    Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.


    Implementation History

    • Multiple implementations - Different settings/populations/providers - The intervention showed significant adaptability as it has been implemented in different settings or with different populations or by different provider(s). This can include multiple implementations during the same time period. Each implementation of the intervention must have been substantially the same and must have demonstrated positive results for the primary objectives of the intervention.

    Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

    • Specialized skills training provided as part of the Intervention - The intervention does not require individuals or groups with highly specialized training, but requires that individuals or groups be trained as part of the implementation of the intervention.

    Are there supports available for implementation

    Yes. Supports were available in Scotland at the time of the intervention

    Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

    Yes. Resources published during the project can be accessed at