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44.5 stone weight loss for Fit to Tackle participants

The 25 men and 13 women – who completed the Fit to Tackle programme – have managed to shed over 44 stone in weight, thanks to the rugby themed sports activities and nutritional advice provided.

Over the last 12 weeks, they’ve been put through their paces with up to three sessions a week of intense training at both the Halliwell Jones Stadium and Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub.

A cardiologist from Liverpool University, Dr Scott Murray, visited during the programme to raise awareness of nutrition and healthy eating.

The exercise and nutrition advice has enabled at least 27 of the participants to lose at least five per cent of their body weight.

Tom Kearney, a coach on the programme, said: “We’ve seen an incredible weight loss on this Fit to Tackle programme.

“The participants worked amazingly hard to reach their targets and really enjoyed all of the activities provided.

“We’ve seen so many people on this programme work closely together as a team and make long-lasting friendships with people who were strangers 12 weeks ago.

“I’m really proud of what they’ve achieved. Hopefully they’ve now got all the skills necessary to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.”

Residents interested in joining the next free 12-week Fit to Tackle course, can register by visiting the LiveWire website:


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