The Big Match is only a few days away and here are 5 reasons why you should go watch the game at Newbury Park on Saturday the 18th.
History and tradition
The Big Match started back in 2012 with a fixture at the Madejski Stadium between 30 locals who all raised a generous figure. Since then celebrities and former players such as David Seaman, Ray Parlour, Neil “Razor” Ruddock, Des Walker and Simon Thomas all dusted off their football boots and played their part in this great cause. In 2013, over 2,000 people of paid to spectate the event and a few weeks later was shown on Sky TV. This year’s location is at Newbury Football Club and was set to be one of the last games to be played at Faraday Road stadium.
Prior to the kickoff of The Big Match itself, there is an exciting opportunity for children aged 5 to 15 to take part in fun football sessions led by professional coaches as well as ex-professionals. Money raised from the Kidz sessions goes directly to Action for Children and The Brain Tumour Charity.
A family day out
As well as the main match itself and the Kidz session in the morning, The Big Match also offers family entertainment, bouncy castles, raffles and much more to keep all the family entertained.
The Big match is notoriously known for its celebrity involvement and this year is no exception. Their 2016 celebrity line-up includes a mix of television personalities, recording artists former professional football players.
Full line-up: Amy Childs, Michael Hassini, Nick Pickard, Nancy-May Turner, Jay James, Charlie King, Francis Benali, Kelly Smith, Jimmy Glass, Chris Whyte, Jimmy Carter and Neil “Razor” Ruddock
A great cause
The purpose of The Big Match is to create life-long memories and to inspire people to get them involved with the game itself. All funds raised from this event will be split between the two charities the event represents which is Action for Children and The Brain Tumour Charity.
The previous record amount raised was £75,000 so let’s hope they can smash that this year!