March 15th 2014 will see the return of Premier League in a Day; 20 teams, 12 hours, 380 games of football, each one representing a Premier League fixture. This endurance day of football is all in aid of Sport Relief and this year’s target is even bigger!
Sport Relief is held every two years, raising money for Comic Relief who spend the money changing lives here in the UK and abroad. It could be spent providing shelter for young people who are homeless or protecting those who are subject to domestic abuse. Alternatively the donations sent abroad help pay for children to get an education, provides villages with fresh water or it could even be paying for life-saving vaccines. The last Premier League in a Day made over £20,000 for Sport Relief, but this year we have raised the target and are aiming for £25,000! Each team participating has to raise £1,000 to enter the tournament and each team will have be sponsored by companies across the UK, helping us push towards our target.
In previous years we have seen ex-footballers such as Matt Holland, Darren Eadie and Bryan Gunn take part in the matches, as well as football managers Nigel Worthington and Dave Bassett attending the event at the Norfolk FA’s Football Development Centre. There were also video messages from former Everton and now Manchester United manager David Moyes, former Bolton and Wigan manger Owen Coyle and now Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.
In 2010, the first ever Premier League in a Day, the actual Premier League trophy was at the event, with spectators being given the opportunity to have a picture with the iconic trophy. Kirk Lanckmans, who is the co-founder of this event, shared his thoughts on the event, “This year will see the third ‘Premier League in a day’ event that we have been lucky enough to organise. This tremendous event helped by a host of companies including Anglian Home Improvements, Norfolk FA, Norwich City FC and the League Managers Association, brings together hundreds of people willing to donate their time, energy and effort in order to raise much needed funds for the Sport Relief charity. It’s fantastic that we can organise an event that brings 200 footballers together to participate in a sport they all enjoy and at the same time raise tens of thousands of pounds for those less fortunate than ourselves. Few things are more rewarding than witnessing so many people from all across the UK, coming together with the collective spirit of trying to benefit the lives of others.”
To get you really excited about the event, here is a short teaser clip with footage from the previous years.