Oxford United’s army of faithful supporters are always in good voice, but are they in good shape?
That is what health bosses at Oxfordshire County Council intend to find out by offering free mini health checks for fans at the game against Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
Health teams will be set up at locations in and around the Kassam Stadium to offer the checks for fans before and after the game.
The checks, normally provided at GP practices, are aimed at identifying the risk from heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke and dementia over the next 10 years. They are free and last just 20-30 minutes.
The examination is available to everyone aged between 40 and 74 without pre-existing conditions.
All participants undergoing a check before half time will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will receive a signed, framed OUFC football shirt presented by the county council’s cabinet member for public health, Hilary Hibbert-Biles.
New United managing director Niall McWilliams will lead by example by undergoing a free mini health check beforehand to help promote the initiative.
He said: “It’s really important to keep an eye on your health as you get a little bit older.
“There’s really no good reason for ducking the chance for a bit of an MOT, especially when we’re talking about the next 10 years of your life.”