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Ex-Norwich City stars launch health plan

PUBLISHED: 09:17 31 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 06 July 2010

Health Trainer Josh Gray-Read with ex-city player Phil Hoadley who played for Norwich City from 1978 to 1982

Health Trainer Josh Gray-Read with ex-city player Phil Hoadley who played for Norwich City from 1978 to 1982

Three former Canaries players had their health tested as preparations were put in place for a major new campaign.

Phil Hoadley, Bill Punton and Sandy Kennon were at Carrow Road to try out the new project which is using the power of football to fight against cancer and save lives.

Health Trainer Josh Gray-Read with ex-Norwich City player Sandy Kennon, who played 1959-1965

Three former Canaries players had their health tested as preparations were put in place for a major new campaign.

Phil Hoadley, Bill Punton and Sandy Kennon were at Carrow Road to try out the new project which is using the power of football to fight against cancer and save lives.

The players had their blood pressure taken, height and weight measured and lung capacity tested a week ahead of the launch of new health clinics at the football grounds.

Health bosses have joined forces with Norwich City Football Club and the EDP to create an initiative called Ahead of the Game which is predominantly aimed at men aged 55 and over, who could be at risk of bowel, lung or prostate cancer.

On every match day, starting from the August 8 game against Colchester, health tests will be available outside the Jarrold Stand to check blood pressure, waist measurement, Body Mass Index (BMI), lung function and test urine samples.

It is hoped that men will get their health checked before a match and they will also be signposted to other NHS services such as those to help stop smoking.

Football in the Community staff and NHS Norfolk will deliver the activities on match days and there will also be separate events within the wider community. The project will aim to increase participation in physical activity, with sports taster sessions and a veteran's summer league.

Each person visiting the clinic will be looked after by a health trainer, such as Josh Gray Read, pictured above.

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