If you have been starved of playing football during the pandemic you now have the chance to dust off the footy boots and oil those creaking limbs – the Copa Del Cure Leukaemia is returning to the home of English football this year and you can be part of it!
After two hugely successful events in 2018 and 2019 at St George’s Park, national blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia is staging another six-a-side football tournament at the FA’s National Football Centre, on Friday, October 16th and it promises to be bigger and better than before.
A host of footballing legends will once again be back to play alongside and against you, with ‘The Luddites’ from Nottingham returning to defend their title.
Former football legends confirmed for this year include; former England, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Sunderland striker Darren Bent, stars of ‘Harry’s Heroes’ Lee Hendrie and Kevin Phillips, Southampton royalty Matt Le Tissier, speedster Gabby Agbonlahor with more big names due to be announced in the coming weeks.
In an exclusive reveal, we can confirm that the Birmingham Post and Mail sportdesk will also be taking part as they look to roll back the years to the glory days that never were!
“This tournament continues to grow year on year with players able to savour the world-class facilities at St George’s Park but also the atmosphere and camaraderie you’d expect when former footballers are reunited,” said Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin.
“Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, we are delighted that, at this stage, it looks like we will be able to organise this event which we are confident will be hugely popular with football fans that have been starved of their regular 6-a-side games. There’s surely not a better venue to get back playing again than St George’s Park alongside legends of the game whilst raising funds for a national blood cancer charity in the process.
“We only have a small number of teams available now with many returning for their third tournament so you will need to be quick to secure your place at this event.”
The day will be hosted by Sky Sports’ Johnny Phillips and BB Match of the Day Kickabout presenter Kenzie Benali and another star of ITV’s ‘Harry Heroes’, Ray Parlour, will provide the evening entertainment after a 3-course meal for the players in the on-site Hilton Hotel.
Cure Leukaemia Patron Geoff Thomas, whose managerial record in the last two years has been nothing short of diabolical is determined to assemble as star-studded team to rival all at this year’s event after creative agency OWB sacked him after a poor performance as their boss in 2019.
Thomas, the ex-England, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Nottingham Forest midfielder and blood cancer survivor said; “I was sacked by OWB over Whatsapp early this summer and I feel I’ve been treated poorly so I am determined to bring together a fantastic team of former pros to take the title this year. It’s true that my managerial record has not been the best at this event, but I think the players have to shoulder some of that responsibility too!”
The last two events have attracted teams from major companies from across the UK including Deutsche Bank, KPMG, LDC, Ocean Outdoor, The Binding Site and Squire Patton Boggs. All teams receive their own, personalised and fully branded kit for the event as well. Chris Hurley, Chief Portfolio Officer at returning LDC said:
“LDC are delighted to support the team at Cure Leukaemia and the vital work they are doing. The Copa Del CL provides the ideal springboard; it is original, ambitious, engaging and team focused allowing our LDC colleagues to lace up their boots and show their on-field talents in a unique location alongside some of the great names of English football. We look forward to supporting Cure Leukaemia further in 2020 and beyond with an even more exciting tournament.”
Cure Leukaemia CEO James McLaughlin, who has played in both previous tournaments continued:
“What is great to see is how many teams are returning once again. This event is great fun and I am sure everyone involved will be desperate to get back to some form of normality later this year, but we have to remember the importance of the funds this tournament raises for Cure Leukaemia.
“COVID-19 has been hugely damaging to charities across the world and a number of our major fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed so we are so pleased that this event can go ahead, and we hope that this can be our biggest year to date. From January this year, Cure Leukaemia began funding research nurses at 12 blood cancer centres across the UK so all funds raised from the Copa Del CL 2020 will directly support patients from a catchment area of 20 million people by connecting them with potentially life-saving clinical trials.
“I would encourage teams from across the UK to sign up this year, you won’t regret it!”
The cost to enter is £2,750 inc VAT per squad (based around ten players) or £3,500 inc VAT for teams who wish to include a football legend.
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