The weekly game with your mates is a whole lot more than just a kickabout. It’s a great way to get in shape and stay there.

Just ask two-time Premier League winner Joleon Lescott who was back playing in Manchester today and helped the UK’s 5-a-side football community pass the 250million mark for calories burned in January. He is delighted with the result.

Lescott said: “The message that football is so good for health and fitness is an important one and something I’m proud to support – and I’m pleased to have played my own small part in helping GOALS and thousands of players burn more than 250million calories this month, an incredible figure.”

The 26-capped England international dropped into GOALS Manchester to surprise regulars by making up the numbers in their game, promoting GOALS’ unique new app which enables players to get fit by finding a local game or help organisers find a 10th player when they’re short.

With an average 747 calories burned during a one-hour game of 5-a-side football – according to a recent study – GOALS have been keeping a live running tally on the volume of calories burned throughout January using a special online “totaliser” which is set to hit 260 million by midnight Thursday. As well as Lescott’s cameo in Manchester today, Arsenal Invincible Ray Parlour pitched up at GOALS Dagenham last week and former Scotland internationals Lee McCulloch and Paul Hartley got their boots back on in Glasgow too. 

GOALS’ Head of Marketing J.P. Murphy said: “What a result! Hats off to our thousands of players who have kicked off their New Years in style, to burn an estimated 260million calories in one month is truly inspiring and a reminder of the positive force that football can be. We owe a big thank you to Joleon too – as well as Ray, Lee and Paul – who have lit up regular games across the UK and given some of our teams incredible experiences. It’s been a great way to showcase how our new, improved app can help make any game happen and a reminder that GOALS is the leader in its field – so accept no substitutes!”.

GOALS has 46 clubs across the UK, as well as four in the United States, with more to open across the Atlantic in the coming months. Goals clubs now boast state-of-the-art clubhouses, exclusive ProTurf® playing surfaces, the biggest and best leagues, FA-accredited referees and coaching, as well as online payment for games through web and app – making organising your game easier than ever.

You can get in the game and get fit at Goals by booking a local game at https://www.goalsfootball.co.uk or downloading the app FREE from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.