Big Hearts and the SPFL Trust have announced that the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme will be returning to Tynecastle Stadium this autumn due to phenomenal demand.

This latest course will run for 13 weeks from Thursday 23 October into the New Year in the Bobby Walker Suite at Tynecastle Stadium. Each weekly session will last 1.5 hours and will be delivered in the evenings.

The programme aims to help supporters become more active, shed a few pounds and improve their general health - and the best part is it's completely FREE.

FFIT is aimed at men aged 35-65, who have a BMI of 28+ and a waist (belly) of 40 inches+. The course is a must for those who want to get fit, lose weight and become healthier.

Football Fans in Training

Robbo getting in on the boxercise action

Participants will receive their very own training top and will work closely with Big Hearts Community Trust's fitness expert Alan Gray. During this time they will take part in part in physical exercise and will also learn about weight management, diet and healthy eating and alcohol awareness amongst other things.

Big Hearts CEO, Alan White said: "Previous course participants have made a real difference to their lifestyles and their waistlines by signing up to the programme which is growing in popularity. Not only that they have continued to be active by organising their own activities once the courses have come to an end."     

"What better motivation is there to lose weight and get fitter than spending 13 weeks at Tynecastle - it's also a great opportunity for our staff to meet real football supporters and get them further involved with the club outside matchdays."

Former players including John Robertson, Alan McLaren, Jimmy Sandison and Scott Crabbe have all been invited guests on the programme which has had everyone reminiscing of games gone by and also encouraged the occasional bit of nonsense! These sessions are designed to be a good laugh as well as being very informative.

To register your interest in this great programme email your name, address, postcode and contact telephone number to alan@homplc.co.uk to find out more and book your place on the course.

Please firstly go to this BMI caluclator to find out if you meet the 28+ score required for the programme http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx