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Festive treat for rugby fans who want to get fit

Thursday 22 November 2018

SALFORD Red Devils fans can win prizes and lose some pounds at the same time over the festive period thanks to the new Salford Red Devils Fan Fit app.

The app is designed by experts at the University of Salford, launched a few weeks ago with the rugby league club the first partner to sign up.
The app allows supporters to create some friendly competition around fitness while interacting with other fans and enjoying the latest information from their clubs. All that is needed is a smartphone, either Android or iOS.
Now the Red Devils want to challenge their fans to see who can do the most exercise in December and January. Supporters of the club who have signed up to Fan Fit can compete with each other to win prizes. The winner of the December monthly league will win a Salford Red Devils season ticket (or a credit) and the runner up will win a Garmin VivoFit wristband. In January, the winner will receive a new Red Devils team shirt and the runner up will win a Garmin VivoFit wristband. The winners will be invited into the club to collect their prize and have their photo taken at the AJ Bell Stadium, home of the Red Devils.
Ian Blease, Director of Rugby and Operations, Salford Red Devils, said: “This is a great opportunity to get a bit fitter in time for Christmas and then to lose those festive pounds in January too!
“We will be tracking everyone who has signed up in the past few weeks and whoever does the most steps during December and January will win some great prizes. It’s a great way for our fans to pass the time while there is no rugby on!”
As well as the fitness tracker the app provides video, social media and news feeds, and fixtures and results, so fans can keep in touch with the latest club new news while keeping fit at the same time.
Dr Alex Fenton, designer of Fan Fit and lecturer in digital business from the University of Salford Business School, said: “Since we launched at the beginning of October hundreds of people have already signed up to Fan Fit and are having their exercise levels tracked. Now they can win prizes while doing it. We would encourage people to download or update the app to the latest version.”
The new version of the app has several improvements including tracking steps using the phone or Garmin wristbands.

The North West as a whole recently came near the bottom of league tables for health and fitness, with rates of heart disease and stroke among the highest in the country. Sports clubs in the region believe they could be doing more to combat this, as a duty of care to their fans.

You can download Red Devils Fit now on Android and iPhone by visiting the website.

Any club that wants to sign up to Fan Fit and help their supporters shed a few pounds should contact Dr Alex Fenton at a.fenton@salford.ac.uk

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Sam Wood

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