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By Latics Community | 24 August 2021 | TAGS: Wigan, Professional clubs, Active adults, Stories

Lifelong Latics fan explains how the project has improved his health after recently completing the 12-week programme.

  • Wigan Athletic supporter Barry Worthington joined the Fit Latics programme in May this year.
  • Having completed the 12-week course, the 62-year old explains how his health is now benefitting having contracted COVID-19 last year.
  • Barry: “I can’t speak highly enough about the course. It’s been a real push but I’ve been really successful with the weight that I’ve lost.”

For Barry Worthington, signing up to Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Fit Latics programme in May has made a real difference to his health.

The initiative, which is backed by the EFL Trust and Sport England, aims to help men and women aged 35-65 enjoy an active lifestyle through exercise and nutrition sessions.

The lifelong Wigan Athletic supporter joined the 12-week programme with the aim of losing weight he put on after contracting COVID-19 last autumn.

He said: “Prior to contracting COVID-19 back in October, I was quite fit and was absolutely flying. I was cycling, running, and feeling really good.

“But after having long COVID, I felt really lethargic and I gained 11kg in that time. I came out in the spring, stood on the scales, and I wasn’t happy with myself, what I was seeing or how I was feeling.

“But at the same time I noticed the Community Trust were advertising their Fit Latics programme, and that was the motivation I needed to do something about it.”

After losing 8% of his bodyweight, Barry, 62, says the programme has had a real positive effect on his health and his heart.

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