Simone Perolari photographs MAN v FAT Football League – an independent football league for men with a BMI of 30+
Words by Simone Perolari
Andy Allsopp and Marcus Farnsworth may not be names as familiar as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but they're football stars nonetheless.
Andy, Marcus, James, Rob are players from the first MAN v FAT Football league. The league has been set up in Solihull near Birmingham and is exclusively for men who are BMI 30+. Players are supported with weight loss but also play football every week against other teams of obese men. After 14 weeks, 93% of the players had lost weight, shedding 1,727 lbs between them. Some players lost up to 26% of their body weight.
Further MAN v FAT Football leagues are launching around the country after the successful pilot programme. The league has had nearly 1,000 applications for the original 80 places on the first league. As such the demand has ensured that the leagues will continue and later this year MAN v FAT Football leagues will launch at all of the UK's Powerleague venues, ensuring that the 20.4 million overweight and obese men in the UK will always have a place to get fit and beat fat.
As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.
Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.
As TRIP C.I.C. we are not interested in profiting from the activities of the organization, and re-invest all income back in to consecutive publishing projects.