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GET FIT: Free programme launched at Garston community centre

 Published on: 16th January 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust is offering a free 12-week weight loss programme for residents across Hertfordshire.

The course is designed for adults aged between 18 and 65 with a BMI of 30 or over, or 28 or over for those from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The programme aims to help tackle the obesity problem, as 67 per cent of men in Hertfordshire are currently overweight.

The course is run in six locations, including at Meriden Community Centre in Garston. It is also held in Bushey, South Oxhey, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield, and Welwyn.

The sessions will run from 7.45pm until 9.15pm every Tuesday.

Shape Up aims to improve participants’ healthy lifestyle knowledge to ensure sustainable weight loss, rather than the typical short-term benefits of a diet-based programme.

The course incorporates group exercise and sports to help improve participants’ fitness and support weight loss.

The sessions include an educational segment as well as physical activity.

Rob, 46, a previous Shape Up participant, said: “I can’t recommend this course highly enough. Take 90 minutes out of your weekly routine, change your life; take small steps and you will reap the benefits.”

You can sign up through your local GP surgery, by visiting the trust’s website at or by emailing

Shape Up is funded by the Premier League and PFA Community Fund, and Hertfordshire County Council. Spaces are fully booked for January but will return in April and September.

Watford FC CSE also run Active Watford and Three Rivers, funded by the Premier League and PFA Community Fund, Watford Borough Council, Three Rivers District Council, Herts Valley CCG, and Watford Community Housing.

The programme helps local inactive people, who are risk from cardiovascular disease and/or mild to moderate mental health issues, to become active.

The programme does this by providing face-to-face consultations, delivered by the trust’s health and wellbeing manager lasting for up to a year.

Individuals will look at why they would like to become active, and what barriers they might face, establish their goals and confidence levels as well as create action plans.

As part of this process, a consultation will look at what activities or sports the client will enjoy so that they can be signposted to local sports clubs, exercise classes, leisure centres, gyms or community exercise programmes based on their needs.

You can self-refer into the scheme if you are aged over sixteen years old, live in Watford and Three Rivers, and do less than thirty minutes of physical activity a week.

To self-refer follow here  or contact Alison Goodchild on 07710 096398

For more information on either of these programmes, including how to get involved, contact or visit the trust’s website at

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