Through our partnership with The Football League, we’re in and out of grounds almost on a daily basis. We’re on the back of every single Football League player, are serenaded by the England Supporters’ Band, and supported by top internationals for our own goal (sorry) of making life better for men with prostate cancer. This Sunday is no exception.
On Sunday 7 September, we have the privilege of attending the Globe Arena, home to League Two club Morecambe FC, who are holding a special one-day tournament where all profits go to Prostate Cancer UK. Teams taking part include Morecambe F.C. legends; a Celebrity XI, including players Lee Sharpe, Trevor Sinclair, Dean Saunders, Luther Blissett, and Ade Akinbiyi, managed by Sam Allardyce; and Shanghai Clever, led by player/manager Fan Zhiyi, and the first ever Chinese registered team to play in England.
That’s quite some line up and I’d like to thank all the players, Morecambe’s manager Jim Bentley, and Chairman Peter McGuigan for opening their gates to us and helping us raise both much needed funds and awareness of a disease that affects one in eight men.
Sports a great leveller, and football’s been such a powerful area for us to talk to men. For nine months of the year, we’ve got a captive audience every weekend, and I can’t stress enough how the support of clubs like Morecambe FC and other teams in The Football League have been vital to raising the profile of prostate cancer across the UK.
Also happening this weekend is another football event that we’re charity partner of: Non-League Day. On Saturday 6 September – taking advantage of the rest teams in the top two tiers have this weekend ahead of the Euro qualifier against Switzerland – hundreds of football clubs across the country have signed up to the biggest team of all: Men United. If 50,000 people turn up to watch a non-league match, Football Conference sponsors Vanarama will donate £10,000 to Prostate Cancer UK. There aren’t many better reasons to go and support your local team than that.