From Six a Side to Six Pack at Marley
Fat lads with a passion for football can get fit with six-a-side games at Marley.
Research has proved that kick arounds cut heart and lung disease and reduces weight in the players.
Every Wednesday evening at Marley stadium six-a-side leagues are played.
More than 70 studies over the last ten years have found that playing football for 15 weeks – around the length of a Leisure Leagues season – substantially reduced the risk of heart and lung disease, as well as lessening the chances of diabetes and leading to an average weight loss of 5lbs.
The findings have been published in the British Journal Of Sports Medicine.
All of which is good news to players who are joining the leagues in Keighley at Marley Activities Centre on Wednesday evenings.
Furthermore, the trials also found that these football games had more of a positive effect on the participants than sports like Swimming or Cycling.
Government figures suggest that disability in the UK has risen from 15 per cent to 26 per cent from 1993 to 2019. The 55-64 ago group is most likely to be overweight or obese, and over 45 year olds are 70 per cent more likely to be packing the pounds.
Worldwide, at least 2.8 million people die each year as a result of being overweight or obese.
Leisure Leagues James Coe said:“We are very proud of the community aspect to our leagues. Sport brings people together in a way that nothing else does and we are thrilled that in so many places around the world our leagues are a real focal point for friendships to both develop and flourish. It has long been our belief that the health benefits were also huge, these studies prove it.”
An interesting aspect of the studies showed that these benefits are seen no matter what the age or gender of the participants was, meaning that small-sided football was the most universally beneficial. With James adding: “We have seen a real increase in women’s and veterans teams in the last 12 months, which makes such news even more gratifying.”
It is now the hope of Leisure Leagues that the academic interest in the sport will lead to a change in perception, as James pointed out: “All too often a game of a 6 a side is seen as something that people do before going to the pub, but these studies do show that those days are increasingly over.”
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