Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has urged youngsters in typically stern terms to “play football, go running and climb the stairs at home” in a bid to get fit.
The Netherlands coach features in a new #FeelWellPlayWell health campaign launched by European football’s governing body Uefa which is aimed at encouraging young people to make healthy choices early in life.
Talking direct to camera, Van Gaal says in a video recorded as part of the campaign: “I have an important message for all young people. Too many youngsters are exercising too little which worries me.
“It feels good to be active. Even simple activities can make you healthy and strong. Play football. Go running. Climb the stairs at home! Stay active and move for 60 minutes every day.”
A separate message from Italy’s Euro 2020-winning coach Roberto Mancini echoed Van Gaal’s call for regular exercise.
“You will feel stronger, more dynamic and with more energy. Like true champions!” Mancini said.
Coaches from all 55 Uefa member associations will be invited to take part, and those messages will then be shared with fans, clubs and coaches from December.
The campaign will culminate on World Health Day 2022 (April 7) with a special event organised by Uefa and the 55 associations.