West Lothian Youth Foundation (WLYF), in conjunction with NHS Lothian and The SPFL Trust have delivered a Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme to various groups since 2015. FFIT was all about increasing the mobility, fitness and diet of the participants, in particular through walking and football, with the initiative proving to be extremely successful.
As a group WLYF and FFIT discussed doing something ‘challenging’ that all FFIT participants could use as ongoing motivational tool and we decided on a 24 miles walk, from Fort William to the Glencoe Ski resort. The 24 mile walk was to be completed in a target time of 12 hours or less. After discussions with the FFIT participants, WLYF decided to use this walk as our major fundraising initiative for 2016 and it was agreed to extend participation to the wider WLYF ‘family’, meaning anyone associated with the Foundation could take part.
This included anyone wishing to improve their fitness and health, or just wanted to walk!
The Foundation extended our fundraising efforts with another charity called DadsWork. One of our original FFIT participants works for (in fact runs) the charity and to reward him for his efforts the funds raised from Walk with the Foundation: 24 in 12 were shared with ‘DadsWork’.
2016 was our inaugural event and was extremely successful. We managed to raise just over £9,000 in total.
We raised a similar amount in 2017 and we are now doing it again in 2018!
So what are you waiting for, sign up for the challenge!