A group of Fitter Fans alumni came together last week at a benefit night in honour of Dave Ebrey, a current Fitter Fan participant, to raise funds in support of him and his family.
Amongst the crowd were many of the original Fitter Fans group who were part of the pilot project headed by Sports Development Manager, Rob Perrett, and were the first to comment on the importance of the programme in uniting the men in a common cause.
The Foundation believe that sport can be a great unifier among our Palace fans and the Fitter Fans project is characteristic of the great bond football can build between people who have a passion for it.
The Eagles Fitter Fans was set up as a means of engaging 40+ males in the importance of a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. Unified by a love of Crystal Palace FC, the group go through a 10-week intensive programme that addresses common problems associated with men’s health and provides structured fitness activity to encourage a commitment to active living.
Steve Way, former Fitter Fan participant, commended the Foundation for its part in creating a long lasting bond between both the participants and the Club and between the cohorts of participants themselves. Steve commented that the relationship formed between Fitter Fans members is tremendous and testament to the quality and organisation of the programme.
Steve finished by saying: “If ever there needed justification towards the existence of the Foundation, then look no further than the extraordinary efforts with the Eagles Fitter Fans. A job well done!”
Dave Ebrey, also commented: “The Foundation has got me active again, playing the game I love and invaluably found me new life long friends, which gave me great strength and comfort in their turnout and support on Friday night.”
The group has continued the success of the Fitter Fans name by organising oversees tours to Holland and France and playing over 40s sides of a similar setup.
Thanks to the success of the programme, the Foundation are continuing to run sessions at Kent County Cricket Club for a small fee. The sessions are a relaxed football environment, non-competitive, but a chance to get some regular weekly activity and socialise with a group of like-minded lads.
If you are interested please see details below:
Kent County Cricket Club, Beckenham, BR3 1RL
£25 for 5 sessions
£50 for 10 sessions
Sessions run in 10-week blocks
Mix of small sided and 11v11 matches.
Rob Perrett, Sports Development Manager, Crystal Palace FC Foundation, said: “It is fantastic to hear that the Fitter Fans group are building a legacy of the programme’s success. The project delivered on exactly what we set out to achieve: improve men’s health, raise awareness of common health issues and create a mentality where sport and fitness/exercise are enjoyed rather than feared.”