Sunday 7th July Vicarage Road Stadium played host to the second annual Step Up for Shape Up event...
The stair-climbing challenge, organised by Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust (the Trust) in aid of their ‘Shape Up’ project, attracted over 100 people with an age range of 6 to 70 years old to the stadium to take on the steps.
The kid’s event set off first, with the fastest finisher coming in after just 10 minutes! The adults set off shortly afterwards with the first wave setting off at a blistering pace. The jogging and walking waves followed shortly afterwards creating a train of determined steppers making their way around the stadium. Combined with encouragement from all around the ground, including a group of willing volunteers, everybody managed to finish the challenge and receive their Step Up for Shape Up medals.
Not only was there a huge sense of achievement buzzing around the finish line, but the combined fundraising efforts of everybody that took part raised over £4,500 that will go straight back into the weight management courses that the ‘Shape Up’ project provides. A large portion of those that took part were people that had changed their lives and health via the Shape Up project already and were looking to give back to the project for future participants.
Rhys Ratcliffe, Health & Wellbeing Projects Officer for the Trust said; “It’s been great to see so many people turn out for the event, with a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities. Not only have we had a really positive day but the amount raised is fantastic. Thank you to all involved and we look forward to welcoming even more next year!”
To find out more about Shape Up or how you can refer into the project visit www.shapeupherts.com