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This study aimed to assess (1) the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Football Fans in Training (FFIT) (a group-based, weight-management and healthy-living programme delivered by community coaches to men in topflight football clubs), (2) fidelity of delivery and (3) coach and participant experiences of FFIT. FFIT was popular and participation led to significant reductions in weight at 12 months. Analyses suggest it enabled lifestyle change. It was cost-effective, attracted men at high risk of future ill health and was enjoyable. Further research should investigate whether or not participants retained weight loss in the long term, how the programme could be optimised in relation to effectiveness and intensity of delivery and how group-based programmes may operate to enhance weight loss in comparison with individualised approaches.

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Sally Wyke,1,* Kate Hunt,2 Cindy M Gray,1 Elisabeth Fenwick,3 Christopher Bunn,1 Peter T Donnan,4 Petra Rauchhaus,4 Nanette Mutrie,5 Annie S Anderson,6 Nicole Boyer,3 Adrian Brady,7 Eleanor Grieve,3 Alan White,8 Catherine Ferrell,2 Elaine Hindle,2 Shaun Treweek,9 

1 Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
2 Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
3 Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
4 Division of Population Health Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
5 Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
6 Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
7 Cardiology Department, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, UK
8 Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK
9 Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
* Corresponding author ; Email: Sally.Wyke@glasgow.ac.uk

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