Hello first of all, fairly new to the forums but currently in my 4th season at Blackpool. The Blackpool league is in its 4th season and I have a few questions for leagues that have been up and going for a while now.
A bit of background first our league is in 4th season and has 6 teams (well I say 6 teams one of the teams has 3 registered players and the other teams help them out.) Player numbers aren’t great and we decided at start of season due to lack of players we wouldn’t penalise teams for borrowing players as we all just want to play footy and lose weight. I think one of the issues and the most common complaint I hear ( I like to chat with all the players and get to know them all) is that they pay £25 a month for 30 mins of football a week. I know there is the forum but even so there are plenty of weight program forums across the internet that are free and just as helpful. Now watching a few youtube videos I notice some leagues have proper warm ups etc. so now to my questions that hopefully you guys can answer or give a bit of advice.
- for new leagues how have other leagues managed to get player numbers up and retain them?
- What support do you get from the people running the league and has it been of great help or just a little help.
- In your whatsapp groups what sort of stuff do you all chat about?
- Is there any tips for a newish league that is struggling?
Our league is run by the council and this season we have a new coach (bless him he has been thrown in the deep end and has a huge learning curve to get through) but it is turn up get weighed show tracking book go down to the pitches play football go home. Yes they bring in the odd recipe but there is no real nutritional help, they don’t really look at the book just look to see if it is written in (one week I just wrote down random words to test my theory!).
I really love the idea of Man v Fat and for me I tend to go gym first for 1 hr, then get weighed at 7.15pm then chat and warm up/kick a ball about for a bit then play my match which can be any time from 8pm to 9.30pm yet I stay the majority of the 2 hours as it gets me out and chatting with blokes and apart from work is my only social time so its great for my mental health. There are a lot of like minded people in my league and we all want the league to do well but it seems to be an uphill struggle so any tips would be great to make Blackpool a success. Cheers for persevering with the ramblings.