Peterborough ‘Man V Fat’: Football team reach national final on behalf of player who died during game

Peterborough’s ‘Man V Fat’ 11-a-side football team have reached the final of a national tournament.

A Peterborough football team, made up of men with a BMI over 27.5, has reached the final of a national competition.

Man V Fat is a national initiative that helps men lose weight while playing football and first launched its six-man league in Peterborough in May 2017.

The city’s 11-a-side team has now reached the final of the Roger Izzard Memorial Trophy, an annual Man V Fat football tournament named after a man who died of cardiac arrest during a game in 2020.

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Peterborough ‘Man V Fat’ after winning the semi-final on Sunday May 22.

“Even if we lose the final, I’ll still be proud of everything the guys put into it,” Peterborough Man V Fat manager and player Martyn Bedford said.

“To win it I would be extremely proud – I don’t think it would sink in for a few days.”

Martyn weighed 120kg when he first joined Man V Fat over three years ago.

The lowest weight he managed to get off was 75 kg.

Martyn Bedford after the semi-final victory.

He has now said he will step down to make way for other men who hope to lose weight through the initiative.

“There’s been five or six new guys signing up in the last two weeks because they saw their friends doing it,” he said.

“Pulling myself out might help other people. I don’t want to hold anyone else back if they can lose weight.

“For me, winning the tournament would be a great end to the era. It would be nice to walk away with a champion.

Peterborough Man V Fat beat Portsmouth 6-2 in the South Tournament Final on May 22.

They will now face West Bromwich Albion in the national final this Sunday, May 29, which will take place all day at the Manor Ground of Ilkeston Town Football Club.

Adult tickets cost £5 and under 18s are free. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here (adult tickets / tickets under 18).

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the British Heart Foundation.

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