Trust | Shape Up Scheme Extended

Find out more about the Shape Up scheme and find out how you can get involved at shapeupherts.com

Watford FC CSE Trust have joined forces with the Premier League, PFA and Public Health Hertfordshire County Council to extend the male-only adult weight management programme for the next three years.

Having already run for two years, the Shape Up programme has seen over 640 men engage in sessions across Hertfordshire with participants recording a staggering collective weight loss of over 3.1 tonnes with 23.6 million calories burned over that time.

It wasn’t only physical fitness that saw an improvement as 93% of participants reported improved self-esteem.

Unlike fad diets though, this programme, backed by local GPs, didn’t just help men shed pounds it also helped them keep it off by ensuring a sustainable lifestyle change. A follow-up survey showed that after 12 months of engaging in the programme, 68% of participants had lost even more weight than when they had finished, and 91% still had improved exercise levels.

The premise was simple. A male-only twelve week programme, where participants meet up weekly for a ninety minute session comprising of a thirty minute nutritional education segment and a sixty minute physical activity session.

Now the Trust are proud to report that this successful programme will be continuing for a further three years thanks to a partnership with the Premier League Charitable Fund, PFA and Public Health Hertfordshire County Council. 

The funding will enable the Trust to continue reducing male obesity in Hertfordshire; making Shape Up one of the largest male-only weight management programmes run by a Premier League club’s charity in the country.

Find out more about the Shape Up scheme

Hertfordshire County Council’s director of Public Health, Jim McManus, said: 

“The leadership and commitment shown by football clubs like Watford to run community health interventions is a really important part of our work.  

“Shape Up is a fantastic initiative that has really changed lives; I know this funding will help the programme reach even more men and help them make positive changes to their life as a result. 

“We are committed to helping everyone live a healthier, happier life and we know that men sometimes need a little extra encouragement.  This programme delivers that.”

Head of Community at the Premier League, Nick Perchard said of the PLPFA Community Fund’s support;

“I hope that the new investment from the PLPFA in the Shape Up scheme, delivered by Watford Community Sports and Education Trust, helps to enhance the great work already being delivered.

“The funding will enable many more Watford fans to learn more about health and well-being, using the inspiration and support of the club to help them on their weight-management journey.”

Find out more about the Shape Up scheme and find out how you can get involved at shapeupherts.com


Silva On Mapps | “Ready Every Time”

Miguel Britos returns from suspension for the trip to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and he has a job on his hands to wrestle the shirt off the back of Adrian Mariappa. Possession is nine tenths of the law after all.  

The redoubtable Mariappa has played 259 times for the Golden Boys in so many different eras but this was arguably his best ever performance, especially when you consider the calibre of the opposition and when you take the exalted level into account.

He was towering in the air, regularly out-jumping Wilfried Bony and the flying block he produced to deny Tammy Abraham a certain second goal fell very much into the goal-saving category.

Most impressively, he switched seamlessly from playing in a back two to a back three and although he may be the smallest of the central defenders on the club's books, he stood the tallest.

“It was a very good performance,” said Head Coach Marco Silva.

“Last week he did well also. He knows what we want, what is our idea in our backline. He is one player who knows the club and one player who is ready every time to help the team.” 

Andre Gray netted his first Watford goal against the Swans

Andre Gray, on the other hand, is just starting out his Watford career and his celebration at opening the scoring told you how relieved he was to open his Watford account at the seventh time of asking. He needed that goal. That club-record transfer fee won't be weighing quite so heavy now.

“It's important for him and our strikers to score,” said Silva.

“I am happy with his work before but the goal gives him more confidence. I am happy, not only because he scored but how he worked for the team.”

Richarlison is another who works his socks off the team.

He was overshadowed by Andrè Carrillo on the other wing during the first half but his influence grew as the game wore on and the fact it was him who was leading the press on Alfie Mawson, pressurising the Swansea defender into a mistake for the winning goal, was typical of the shift he puts in. The finish, in off the crossbar, had a touch of Brazilian flair about it.

“He's an amazing talent,” said Silva.

“He's 20 years old and we really believe in him. He likes to work and learn every day. It was maybe not his best performance today but it's still a good moment for him.”