It’s Members Monday! This week’s Member of the Week is Matthew Kay - one of the participants of our ongoing Back Onside fitness programme!
A Hull FC fan of almost 30 years after attending his first game with father at the Boulevard in 1991, Matthew spoke to hullfc.com about his experience with the Community Foundation’s latest project, run by former player Jack Downs!
Matthew said: “I saw it advertised on the Hull FC website late last year. “I’d been wanting to get back into exercise - I used to be a fairly regular gym-goer but not so much recently.
“I’m getting married this year so I thought getting involved gives a bit of motivation to get myself fit in time for the wedding.”
And Matthew explains it has been an enjoyable experience, especially training with some of his favourite players.
“I’ve really enjoyed the first few sessions. Jack is doing a great job and the guys who are taking part are great - really friendly and very laid-back. It’s still challenging but the right at the right level.
“It’s a mix between practicing rugby skills such as passing and kicking, and doing more cardio-related stuff too such as equipment runs and circuit training, with some touch rugby games thrown in there too.
“It’s been fantastic to be guided by Jack who is obviously a player himself - in the first week I was receiving passes and kicks from Danny Houghton - my favourite player, so it’s a bit different to your regular gym session.”
The Back Onside programme is well under way now! Here’s the thoughts of our participant Matthew who is smashing the training and his goals! #BackOnside #Healthandfitness #Gettingactive— Jack Downs (@jackdowns13) February 11, 2019
So we asked Matthew if he’d recommend the sessions to other men in similar situations to him.
“It’s certainly not boring, it’s really fun. it’s not like going to the gym and just running on the treadmill for an hour.
“I’d certainly encourage more people to come down and get involved. Don’t be nervous, everyone there is in the same boat so you won’t be out of your depth in terms of the exercises we do - the oldest guy there is in his 70’s so there is a nice mix of ages and backgrounds.
“It’s helped raised my confidence in doing exercise and I’m already looking to the future as to what I can do once the programme has ended.”
Back Onside sessions take place on Monday evenings from 6pm at the Bonus Youth Performance Centre.
To find out more about Back Onside, click here
Members Offer of the Week
This week’s Members Offer of the Week is 15% off our grey ‘100% HullFC’ fashion hoodie!
Add some style to your personal range of Black & White attire with the hoodie, with the discount available at all three of our retail stores!
Just show your 2019 membership card at the till to redeem this offer.