Shred7s, a brand-new fitness and weight-management programme, has been launched today by Northampton Saints’ Community team in association with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
With a mandate to help Saints supporters watch their weight over the winter months, Shred7s focusses on weight loss through education on food and diet, as well as encouraging more physical activity in the form of Rugby 7s.
The free-to-attend programme will be hosted by the Club’s fully-qualified coaches, and also places the emphasis on mental health; participants will be given support from the mental health professionals at IAPT Talking Therapies Northants to understand unhealthy thought patterns, and the areas of mental wellbeing which can affect weight management.
The 12-week course is aimed at both men and women, and will begin in January 2022 – funded by Public Health Northampton and their Tier 2 weight-management programme. Participants take part in a weekly 7s touch rugby league, alongside the healthy-eating and exercise sessions.
Shred7s will target participants with a BMI of 28 and above, however considerations will be given to lower BMIs of 25-28.
Saints’ Inclusion Officer, Jamie Higgins, is delighted to add another fitness offering to Northampton’s ever-growing list of Community initiatives.
“We’re really excited to get Shred7s off the ground,” he said. “Our other fitness programmes, such as Shape Up With Saints, have seen some brilliant success stories over the years and we think that a weight-management course like Shred7s is a perfect addition.
“We’ve got some great coaches working on the 12-week programme and it’s a chance for the Club’s supporters to get a jump on their New Year fitness and weight-loss goals.
“Whether you’ve played Rugby 7s before or not, this programme will have a bit of something for everyone, while keeping rugby at the heart of the course. We can’t wait to get started!”
NHFT’s IAPT Talking Therapies Northants work with adults over 17.5 years old who are experiencing low mood, anxiety, OCD and other mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The service work with individuals to find the right support for them and put a plan in place. Anyone who is registered with a GP in Northamptonshire can access the service, and can self refer at any time by visiting www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt.