With Euro 2016 starting on 10 June, football-themed events are proving a popular way of raising money for charity. Here are six footie fundraising events that we’ve spotted taking place around the UK.
1) Confero & Soccer Aid
Confero is aiming to take £120,000 for UNICEF’s Soccer Aid 2016 by donating 60 call centre agents to answer calls for the Telethon at their state-of- the-art call centre in Wembley. Confero is an official corporate partner of the event that has so far raised more than £17 million in total for UNICEF. It will also provide hardware and software infrastructure and full pre-and post-event consultancy.
Donations to UNICEF via SoccerAid until 29 July will be doubled by the UK government. Matched donations will be used to fund nutrition of mothers, babies and children under five in Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
2) Chelsea FC Champions of Change Cup
Chelsea FC’s first ever Champions of Change Cup tournament, which took place in May, has raised £50,000 for Plan International’s Champions of Change programme in Colombia. Teams from London and beyond came to Stamford Bridge to compete, including CBRE, Zone, Adam&Eve, and D E Shaw & Co. Plan International has been Chelsea FC’s global charity partner since September 2015.
3) Seymours Estate Agents Keepy Uppy Challenge
Surrey estate agents Seymours is running a keepy uppy challenge during Euro 2016, asking people to do as many “keepy-ups” as possible with a football or random object of their choosing, film themselves, and nominate their chosen charity as well as three friends to join the challenge. Videos can be uploaded to Twitter or Seymours’ Facebook page, and the person who attracts the most “likes” or retweets will win £2,000 for their chosen charity.
4) 2016 Homeless World Cup
The 2016 Homeless World Cup takes place in Glasgow, from July 10-16, with 64 teams, representing 52 countries, participating in celebrating and highlighting the work of the Homeless World Cup National Partner network. George Square will be converted into an outdoor street football venue for the event, with three purpose built pitches with seating. The charity is also currently rolling out a new site that is translatable into different languages to help extend its reach across the globe.
5) Indie Music Cup 2016
16 companies in the independent music industry are taking part in the five-a-side Indie Music Cup 2016 to raise money for medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The tournament is taking place on 4 June in Shoreditch and teams include Domino Records, 4AD, PRS for Musico, Last FM, Bella Union and Ninja Tune. DJ sets from Throwing Shade plus secret guests will also provide entertainment on the day.
More football fundraising
- Footballers and giving in the face of coronavirus (16 April 2020)
- Six football-related fundraising events (1 June 2016)
- Got. Got. Need. Confessions of a football sticker collector (23 April 2014)
- Marcus Rashford is the youngest person to lead the Sunday Times Giving List (26 May 2021)