2022 Football For Change fundraising gala heading to Manchester with Vernon Kay, Emeli Sande and Melanie C

Vernon Kay will come together with Mel C and Emeli Sande in Manchester this year in aid of Football For Change.

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold and his England teammate Conor Coady launched the social mobility movement initiative, co-chaired by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher and supported by Manchester United legend Gary Neville, last year.

A number of star football players like Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, Arsenal and Lionesses striker Beth Mead plus Tottenham talisman Lucas Moura have all got involved while legends of the game like Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard and BT Sport pundit Gary Lineker have all thrown their weight behind Football For Change.

The charitable initiative works to lift young people from disadvantaged backgrounds out of poverty by providing life-changing opportunities in education and employment.

Global music icon Sir Rod Stewart is also a Football For Change patron, having attended its inaugural gala launch event in Liverpool last November which raised £250,000.

This year Football For Change, sponsored by Swinton Insurance and co-chaired by CEO Ian Donaldson, is set to bring a spectacular event to Manchester on September 22.

Mr Donaldson said: “It is in Manchester’s DNA to come together and help provide opportunities for those less fortunate. Businesses in the city have a fantastic chance to get involved with this initiative which is going to lend a hand to potentially the next generation of chief executives, directors and entrepreneurs by booking their place at the gala dinner.”

Hosted by TV favourite Vernon Kay, the gala dinner at Emirates Old Trafford will see songstress Emeli Sande entertain crowds with Spice Girl Mel C also taking to the stage while a Q&A will take place with two football superstars.

A major global icon is also set to headline the event, with organisers set to release full details around that next month.

Melanie C said: “I am really proud to give my support to Football For Change and I am looking forward to joining all of the players and everyone else involved on the night. This is going to be an incredibly special event and I am excited to be part of it.”

Football For Change will distribute grants to organisations supporting young people in the most deprived areas of the country, with a focus on helping them into education, employment and training.

Emeli Sande said: “Football For Change is an incredible initiative and so when I was asked to be part of this special event I immediately said yes. I am looking forward to performing and giving my support to the football players involved including Trent Alexander Arnold and Jamie Carragher. It is a really worthwhile cause and I am proud to be involved.”

Daniel Hughes, director of PR firm ThisGeneration and Football For Change organiser, added: “This is the biggest celebrity and red carpet event in the North West this year and we cannot wait to announce our superstar headliner.

“Everyone who attends the night will be in for a truly spectacular evening.”

Sir Rod Stewart announced as Patron for Football For Change

Global music icon Sir Rod Stewart has been announced as the official patron for Football For Change.

The star has given his full backing to the social mobility initiative which was launched in 2020 by Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jamie Carragher, Conor Coady and a host of other football names.

“The power of football to break down barriers and bring people together is exemplified through Football For Change,” Sir Rod Stewart said.

“This initiative has united some of the world’s biggest football names, celebrities and business leaders into a unique and powerful collaboration to change lives.

“Everyone involved, including myself, are bound together by a collective goal to give young people from communities affected by poverty and deprivation, the chance to build brighter futures. I am proud to be its patron.

“Massive credit to Jamie Carragher, Conor Coady and Trent Alexander-Arnold for launching this. What fantastic role models.”

Football For Change has been backed by Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard and a string of other big football names including Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, Tottenham striker Lucas Moura, Leeds United midfielder Jack Harrison, Everton talisman Dominic Calvert-Lewin plus Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker and Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.

In November last year, the charity held its inaugural gala dinner – attended by Sir Rod Stewart and a host of other stars including Pixie Lott – which raised £250,000 to support disadvantaged young people among our communities who face barriers unlocking their full potential. In March, hosted by presenter Alistair Campbell, the Football For Change Chairman’s Lunch raised a further £100,000 for the charity as BRIT-nominated Tom Grennan performed too.

Co-chair of the initiative Carragher said: “To have Sir Rod Stewart involved in Football For Change is absolutely incredible. He already does amazing work with the Celtic Foundation and I have no doubt that will only continue with our charity to support disadvantaged young people across the UK.

“I am honoured he is our patron. It will help us drive Football For Change to new levels and help even more youngsters who face serious barriers to unlocking their full potential.”

Sponsored by Swinton Insurance, Football For Change will distribute grants to organisations supporting young people in the most deprived areas of the country, with a focus on helping them into education, employment and training.

Swinton CEO and co-chair Ian Donaldson added: “What a privilege it is to have a legend like Sir Rod Stewart involved with our incredible charity, which is already doing phenomenal work with young people across the country – most recently having sent 40 young people for a life-changing and month-long educational and sports trip to Dallas, many of whom had never been out of their own communities before let alone the country.

“The music maestro that is Sir Rod, who entertained us spectacularly at our inaugural gala dinner in Liverpool last year, is an absolute star and genuinely wants to help these young people who need it most. We are all very grateful.”

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher reunite for Football For Change as £100,000 raised at star-studded charity lunch

The charitable initiative launched by some of the biggest names in football is aiming to provide life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged young people 

Liverpool FC legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher reunited for a special fundraising lunch on Friday.The duo came together for the Football For Change charity event at the Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool and took part in a Q&A hosted by the broadcaster Alastair Campbell.

More than £100,000 was raised at the star-studded event which also included a performance by the BRIT-Award winning musician Tom Grennan. Liverpool legend, Alan Kennedy, who scored the winner for the Reds in the 1981 European Cup final against Real Madrid, was also in attendance at the event.

Football For Change was launched in 2020 by Carragher, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Conor Coady. It has since been backed by Gerrard and a string of other big football names including Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, Leeds United star Jack Harrisson, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Match Of The Day presenter, Gary Lineker. Global music icon Sir Rod Stewart is also a supporter of Football For Change having attended its inaugural gala launch event in Liverpool last November.

Business leaders including Swinton Insurance CEO Ian Donaldson and the influential public relations executive Dan Hughes were also involved in the launch.

Sponsored by Swinton Insurance, the charitable initiative is aiming to lift young people from disadvantaged backgrounds out of poverty by providing life-changing opportunities in education and employment.

On Friday, Football For Change announced it was funding a month-long sports and educational trip to Dallas for more than 60 young people from socially and economically challenged communities from across the North West.

Gerrard and Carragher spoke in detail about their respective playing careers at the lunch, and their different career paths after winning multiple trophies with Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard said: “I am immensely proud to be involved with Football For Change. This is such an important initiative and I know from growing up that for a lot of young people good opportunities are scarce.

“We’re aiming to change that and to give youngsters who’ve not necessarily had the best start in life a little bit of hope. For example, Football For Change funding the Dallas trip is fantastic and will give young people who need it the opportunity of a lifetime. More and more footballers and business leaders are getting involved with this initiative and I hope more do too. It will change lives for the better and make a real difference to young people who need a bit of support in life.”

Jamie Carragher said:  “This is just the beginning for Football For Change. Everyone involved is keen to help young people, who’ve not got the means, money or connections, to build better lives. Too many have seen opportunities taken away from them in recent years. We’ve got to level the playing field so they all have the same life chances.”

Ian Donaldson, CEO of Swinton Insurance and co-chair of Football For Change, added:  “The first Football For Change lunch has been an incredible success. I keep saying that Football For Change is unique because it is a powerful collaboration between business leaders and footballers which is something that has not been done before now. We can already see the difference it can make and we’ve got big plans for the future.”

Football For Change receives stellar parliamentary backing as Shadow Secretary for Child Poverty and House of Lords peer support Premier League stars’ initiative

The Shadow Secretary of State for Child Poverty and a Conservative peer sitting in the House of Lords have lent their support to an important initiative called Football For Change.

The social mobility movement was launched by Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold, Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher earlier this year.

And the not-for-profit enterprise, which is aiming to help school leavers affected by poverty and economic disadvantage, has now been given stellar parliamentary backing from Labour MP Wes Streeting and Conservative peer Lord Stuart Polak.

Streeting said: “For too many working class kids, the opportunities available to them are narrowing.

“Over the last 11 years, participation in competitive sport has fallen. Football For Change has enormous potential to give kids the chance to develop skills that set them up well for learning and for life, while making friends and having fun.

“We need it to succeed.”

Football For Change was founded in order to support young people who are struggling for employment and education opportunities by giving them training and funding chances to continue their academic journey.

Alexander-Arnold and Coady joined the likes of Carragher, Gary Neville, Gary Lineker and Steven Gerrard in supporting the important cause with players like André Gomes, Jack Harrison, Toni Duggan, Anthony Gordon and Dominic Solanke all adding their weight to the initiative.

Lord Polak added: “The importance of footballing heroes initiating and supporting charitable endeavours such as Football for Change can not be overstated.

“Trent, Conor and Jamie are to be praised – I know that this initiative will have amazing benefits for the young people of my home city of Liverpool and throughout the country.

“Football for Change turns the levelling up agenda from rhetoric into real action.”

Swinton Insurance sponsors Football For Change and the group is chaired by CEO Ian Donaldson while also being backed by a number of major businesses including Sedulo and DAM Health.

It is needed now more than ever due to the amount of disadvantaged young people who have seen any chance of a better life further torn from their grasp due to the effects of Covid-19 with opportunities decimated during the pandemic.

Alexander-Arnold said: “Football For Change is about giving everyone opportunities they deserve from a young age.

“Cities like Liverpool are more deprived than other areas and so it’s important for us to come together to support this. Everyone that has given it their backing so far is massive for us and this is only going to help improve young people’s lives by showing them a more positive path.

“To have the platform I’ve got now and reach out to so many people, be a role model for so many, it’s important to use that in the right way and get involved in initiatives like this.

“You see so much deprivation within cities like Liverpool, whether that be food, shelter, education or even opportunities just to play football. And that’s why initiatives like this are so important, to give people opportunities and give people an equal chance to leave their problems to one side and prosper.

“Football For Change is so easy to get behind while the benefits and impact you’ll have on young people will be absolutely massive.”

Football For Change will use the football stars and business leaders involved, who have succeeded in the face of adversity, as role models to promote social mobility.

They have also set an ambitious target of raising a £250,000 fund to help NEET young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into education, training and employment.

The new scheme will distribute grants to organisations supporting young people in the most deprived areas.

A star-studded gala dinner including the players involved will take place on November 13 at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.

Everton star Toni Duggan joins Football For Change team to help disadvantaged young people

Everton star Toni Duggan has backed an initiative called Football For Change, which is aiming to provide opportunities for the most disadvantaged young people in the UK.

The forward, who rose through the ranks with the Blues before leaving in 2013 to ply her trade at Manchester City, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid only to return home this season, believes the football stars and business leaders joining together to support this charitable project have a real power “to make the difference to young lives”.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, André Gomes and Anthony Gordon launched Football For Change earlier this year, while legends like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Neville Southall have also thrown their support behind the initiative as have Gary Neville and Gary Lineker.

The social mobility movement is bringing together football stars and business leaders to help young people get into education or find employment opportunities, as well as helping others from challenged communities who face barriers unlocking their full potential.

“I am really proud to join the Football for Change team,” Duggan said.

“We will help drive positive changes for young people who have been devoid of opportunity in both education and employment – a situation made even worse by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“There’s a collective goal from all the players and business leaders involved to give deprived young people the skills they need to prepare themselves for a brighter future.

“It is about making a difference to their lives because too often, those from socially and economically challenged communities face a real struggle to reach their potential, through no fault of their own. I’ve seen it growing up myself. There is a huge amount of work to do.”

Football For Change, which is being sponsored by Swinton Insurance and chaired by its CEO Ian Donaldson, was set up in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic due to the rising number of young people losing opportunities in education and employment, with those from disadvantaged backgrounds being disproportionately affected.

The charity will distribute grants to organisations supporting young people, in the most deprived areas of the country, with a focus on helping them into education, employment and training.

It has set an ambitious target of raising a £250,000 fund at a star-studded gala dinner at Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel on 13 November.

Players like Jack Harrison from Leeds and Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke have also backed Football for Change which will use the football stars and business leaders involved, who have succeeded in the face of adversity, as role models to promote social mobility.

Swinton Insurance CEO, Ian Donaldson, said: “Football For Change has the power to change lives. It is gaining real momentum and is attracting support from business leaders and football stars from all over the country. It really is fantastic to have Toni’s support.”

Much-loved TV personality Matt Lucas is involved in the charitable initiative as are Mark Wright and Russell Howard who will host the fundraiser together in November.

For more information about how you can attend the gala dinner or get involved, please visit www.footballforchange.org.uk or contact josh@footballforchange.org.uk

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