Wigan weight loss programme for men celebrates first year of success

Wigan men have lost 1,515kg in the first year of Lose Weight Feel Great for Men, a free weight loss programme run by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles on behalf of Wigan Council in collaboration with Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Wigan Warriors Community Foundation.

Over the last year Lose Weight Feel Great for Men has enrolled 748 participants onto its free programme and has seen 47% of those that have joined lose at least 3% of their starting weight and 30% lose more than 5% over the 12 weeks.

In celebration of a successful full year, a week of activity has been organised, which started with a Fun Day at Robin Park Arena on Sunday 9th June.

The day will featured the inaugural LWFG Challenge Cup Final between Wigan Warriors and Leigh Centurions touch rugby participants, who have been training for this over the last 12 weeks.

Wigan took the win on the day but Leigh were more than up for a rematch!

There was also a five-a-side football tournament hosted by Wigan Athletic Community Trust and a six-a-side touch rugby tournament hosted by Wigan Warriors Community Foundation. 

The week-long celebration runs alongside Men’s Health Week and will also feature DW Stadium Open Evening hosted by Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic, Kayaking at Scotman’s Flash and March for Men, a five mile charity walk through Haigh Woodland Park.

Martyn Anderton, Wellbeing Officer (Men’s Weight Management) at Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles said: “We’ve seen some really incredible transformations in our participants over our first year. It’s been great to work with Wigan Athletic, Wigan Warriors, and for the first time, Leigh Centurions on board and we are excited to see the touch rugby teams go head to head at the weekend”.

Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council said: “The Lose Weight Feel Great for Men programme has seen a great uptake in its first year, with an average 4kg lost per participant and 70% saying they have seen improvement in their wellbeing. I am excited to see the programme continue to develop and local partnerships grow.”

For more info on how to get involved and sign up for our activities, contact

Lose Weight Feel Great for Men offers weight loss programmes through touch rugby, football, one to one training and group training and nutritional advice. There is something to help you lose weight in a way that works for you. You can find out more about the programme here.

Last updated: 11 July 2019