Ryan Hedges Visits Fit Reds

Health Ambassador Ryan Hedges visited participants from our most recent Fit Reds programme last night.

The Barnsley FC Midfielder gave up his time to present the latest group of men on the health initiative with their certificates and a commemorative t-shirt upon completing the award-winning course.

Ryan, who had previously attended a Fit Reds programme during the 2017/18 season, also took time to speak to the participants about how the last eight weeks has helped them make positive lifestyle changes.

Fit Reds is a Reds in the Community initiative for inactive males aged 30 or over which runs across a period of eight weeks.

The programme gives diet and nutritional advice on a range of topics whilst also providing an opportunity to take part in weekly physical activity.

Upon seeing another group of men complete the course, 23-year-old Ryan was full of praise for the Fit Reds programme and the most recent beneficiaries of the initiative.

He said: “It’s been a pleasure to be here to see the work that Reds in the Community do and all the happy faces that are here after their eight-week challenge. I think it’s a really good programme, you can see that just by coming down. There’s a lot of individuals that have bettered themselves on their health and also in social aspects. That side of thing is a benefit you don’t really think about – doing it with a group of 30-40 other people in the same position as yourself really spurs you on to get better results.

“It’s always nice to come down and see the effect that Reds in the Community are having. Hopefully they can carry this on and keep seeing the lasting effects. Obviously with Sean [Margison] coming in that should help run things more smoothly too.”

Earlier on today, two more Barnsley FC players were contributing to the Barnsley community by visiting a local primary school.

Victor Adeboyejo and Ben Williams met pupils at Highgate Primary Academy to answer a series of questions.

With the youngsters currently learning about health and fitness, the duo gave an insight into the diet of a professional footballer alongside different post-match recovery techniques such as ice baths and massages.

Victor spoke about how much he enjoyed the visit to Highgate.

He said: “It’s really nice to be able to give back to the Barnsley community because they support us every day through training and matches. We got some funny questions as well so it’s really nice to be a part of it. The manager has done well to bring a culture to us. We enjoy the company of each other, playing for each other and working for each other. It’s nice that fans and kids can see that. It’s what we do it for, to be able to bring a smile to the faces of a few kids.”