Castle Huntly hosts Football Fans in Training

Castle Huntly has recently hosted a course to encourage football fans to get in shape.  The Football Fans in Training (FFIT) course, facilitated by Glasgow University, took place between January and May and has led nine successful offenders to lose a combined weight of 8st.  


The course took place one afternoon per week over 14 weeks, which started with a classroom session and was then followed by an activity.  Each week a different aspect of improving health was covered.


It is the first time the establishment has run the course, and the open conditions afforded offenders opportunities to undertake a variety of activities.


Football sessions also took place throughout the course.  Gregor Tennant, Community Engagement Officer at Dunfermline Athletic Football Club, visited the Open Estate to conduct a training session. 


The participants were also lucky enough to attend a training session at St Johnstone FC’s McDermitt Park, followed by a tour of the stadium.  They were also given the opportunity to meet some of the first team players who went on to win the Scottish Cup.


The feedback from FFIT has been extremely positive and has led to participants gaining a better understanding of nutritional points; portion sizes and healthier alternatives.


Commenting on the course, Mary Stewart, Head of Offender Outcomes, said: “HMP Castle Huntly has been delighted to deliver FFIT.  The Open Estate PE staff highlight the importance of good health through exercise, with a focus on healthy eating.  These are two factors on the journey to a changed lifestyle that offenders may look to amend.”


“I would want to add that our staff, alongside our partners at Glasgow University, demonstrated commitment, flexibility and enthusiasm whilst delivering this fantastic course.  It was evident that it was a success with offenders; from their enthusiastic feedback and their individual successes.  Our hope is that these offenders continue on this journey and cascade their learning to their families.”