Festive Cheer For FansDate: Thursday, 4th Dec 2003
Fans from across the globe are set to be cheered by a unique Christmas offering from Football Aid this festive season.
As part of the annual Football Aid programme (supported by over 40 top clubs in the UK and abroad), fans are to get the opportunity to realise a lifetime dream and play where their footballing heroes play at the end of this season.
Fans can secure the chance to play in a regulation 90 minute match at their club’s stadium in the club’s colours as Football Aid organises a day to remember forever - including arriving at the players entrance, meeting their captains and managers for the day, changing into their own personalised first team strips & have family and friends share their experience as they run through the tunnel, onto the hallowed turf, and into their own piece of Club history. They may even win the Man of the Match award!
Football Aid is not only about passion for football but compassion for others, as the whole idea was
established to help raise much needed funds for charity. Such has been the success of Football Aid over
the last three seasons that over £750,000 has been raised for a wide variety of charitable causes by 4500
fans from around the world who have secured their part in the annual games., by bidding to play on
the Football Aid website www.footballaid.com, which itself has received over 40 million hits during
Limited places are available now as the ultimate Christmas gift to yourself or loved
one and fans can contact Football Aid to secure these limited places before it’s own January Sale
begins with open bidding for places on the 12th January.
It really is a fantastic experience that will live long in the memory. As dedicated Rangers fan Thomas Robertson commented after his own experience of playing at Ibrox last season - “I really don`t know how you could improve the Football Aid experience; to play alongside Richard Gough, receive stud marks off Ally McCoist, and have Mark Hately standing in the dugout was just an unbelievable experience!”
Grahame Paterson, Executive Director for Football Aid explained:
“All our partner clubs and the SPL have been excellent and we are proud to work alongside them. I know they strive constantly to make a positive difference to many people in need, and do so very effectively. We are delighted to be able to contribute to their charity support work, but the people who really made it possible are the fans. The true sense of giving and receiving is alive and well through Football Aid – so everyone wins.”
Football Aid has already distributed many grant awards throughout the country to charities nominated by participating clubs as a result of its annual programme, and has been able to support research into a cure for type 1 diabetes – the reason it was originally established.
Sir Bobby Robson, Football Aid’s Patron added: “Whatever team you support, if you’ve spent your Saturdays in the stands dreaming of scoring that winning goal, there can be no greater rush than running through the tunnel to grace the hallowed turf alongside club legends. Through the Football Aid programme, clubs can add meaningfully to their support of charities whilst at the same time connect with their fans in a unique, and highly valued way. It is a scheme that all of us in football can be rightly proud of.”
Fans looking to take part in the Football Aid’s National 2004 programme can find out more by visiting www.footballaid.com.