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Zabaleta backs men's fitness campaign

  • 08 April 2010 09:57
  • Posted by Chris Bailey

City star Pablo Zabaleta has been helping to get Manchester moving.

The Argentina ace presented prizes and passed on some tips to those involved in an innovative health project in East Manchester.

Premier League Health is organised by the club’s City in the Community programme and involves up to 30 participants a week taking part in football and health activities twice a week at the Sporting Edge Sports Centre in Openshaw.

The project is backed by the New Football Pools and the Premier League and sessions take place on Monday and Wednesday between 4pm and 6pm and activities include football, badminton, boxing and basketball.

Zaba was full of enthusiasm for project:

“It's is important that everyone takes part in regular exercise and this scheme is a great way for men in East Manchester to get involved with Manchester City and also get fit and healthy,” he declared.

Their enthusiasm was there for all to see and that’s great. Hopefully they will all get their friends to join in.

...Pablo Zabaleta

MCFC’s Health Trainer is also on hand at sessions to provide participants with simple tips and advice on eating healthier and being more physically active.

Premier League Health is a unique £1.63m programme funded by the New Football Pools and managed and administered by the Football Foundation that is utilizing football clubs to send a very clear message to men from the local community that their health and wellbeing matters.

CITC have received £87,306.00 from the New Football Pools to fund the project over the next three years.

Jon Sheehy, Marketing Director of the New Football Pools said: “It is great to see some of the guys benefiting from City in the Community’s Premier League Health scheme and the difference it is making to their health and lifestyles.

“The club’s positive impact on the men in the community is really strong and we look forward to seeing more and more people benefit from the campaign.”

For more information about the Premier Health project please contact Steven Turner at City in the Community on 0161 438 7711 or e-mail

For more information about physical activity provision in Manchester please visit

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