Fans4Life is one of our new health projects and will help male sports fans who do very little exercise and are overweight to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle.


Research has shown that taking part in this programme could add 6 seasons to a fan’s life.


The Fans4Life project aims to improve the health and well-being of the people of Bristol and South Gloucestershire using a free 10 week exercise and education programme to target sports fans living in one of the poorest health areas of the South West.


Each year preventable diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease cost the Bristol area alone roughly £7.5 million per year and current interventions have struggled to engage a wide variety of participants


The education sessions will look at healthy eating including food preparation and nutrition, heart health, stress and mental health, ways of giving up smoking, sensible drinking limits as well as a 1:1 GP session. All of these will be led by qualified NHS staff. The exercise sessions will be a fun engaging hour led by Mark Hammond who was strength and conditioning coach for the first team last season.


The programme is open to all men who do very little exercise regardless of club or sport allegiance. We are aiming to recruit participants from across the city and South Glos including fans from both Bristol Football Clubs, Bristol Rugby, Gloucestershire Cricket Club and any fan of sport.


The programme is supported by both Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils as well as NHS Bristol and the University of Gloucestershire.


To sign up for the programme or to find out more go to You can also find us on the Facebook page /fans4lifeofficial or on twitter @fans4life_ 



Bristol Rovers Community Trust are delighted to be working closely with NHS staff to help set up and run a brand new weekly social football group with the goal of improving people's physical and mental wellbeing through sport.

The Trust was involved in a small pilot project late last year that identified not only improvements in the physical fitness of everyone who attended, but also significant improvements in participants mental wellbeing.

Adam Tutton, CEO of Bristol Rovers Community Trust said, " This innovative new programme aims to harness the power of sport to improve peoples physical and mental wellbeing. It is open to any adults whether they want to get some exercise, build social networks, gain confidence in being around people or just help improve their wellbeing. We are delighted that the programme is being managed by Mental Health Support Worker Jacob Kelly and Nurse Bob Broomhead, both who have a wealth of experience in this area".

One of the regular participants from the pilot programme said, "before joining the group I struggled getting out of the house and especially meeting people, but now I feel confident to talk to new people and socialise with others. As well as going to the weekly group, we also gained the opportunity to watch a Bristol Rovers match and walk out on the pitch in front of the crowd which was a brilliant experience. I've found that going to the football group and then standing in front of the Bristol Rovers fans has really helped build my self-confidence as well as improving my physical and mental wellbeing."

The group is open to everyone over 18, male or female, from those who've never played football to the more experienced. The project is part of the Wellbeing College and was created by staff from South Gloucestershire AWP NHS service.

The sessions will run weekly from Thursday 7th June at 3pm, at Shaftsbury Park, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1LG. If you would like to attend the group you'll need to register via the link below or if you would like more information please contact the group organisers via email or telephone, details below.


Contact details:


Telephone: Jacob 07785342192

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