Some of the world’s greatest footballers will help raise money for a leading children’s charity when they renew old rivalries at Star Sixes – a six-a-side world cup for legends – in front of a global audience of fans this summer.
This week, organisers Pitch International (London), in partnership with Football Champions Tour, announced the NSPCC as its official charity partner for Star Sixes, being staged at The O2, London, on 13, 14, 15 and 16 July 2017.
The first-ever competitive world football tournament for fully-capped former international players will see England, Brazil, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, Scotland, China and Denmark battle it out for the Star Sixes trophy.
Steven Gerrard, Alessandro Del Piero, Roberto Carlos, Michael Ballack, Robert Pirès, Carles Puyol, Deco and Jay-Jay Okocha will be among the star names proudly wearing their national jerseys again with the NSPCC’s logo clearly visible on the back of their shirts.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Star Sixes as its official charity partner. Star Sixes sounds like a fantastic event and I’m sure football fans won’t want to miss it.
“By attending, they’ll not only get the chance to watch world-class footballers in action but also support the NSPCC’s work to fight for every childhood, helping us provide much needed services to children and young people across the country.”
Neil Bailey, Star Sixes Chief Executive, said: “The NSPCC is renowned for its vitally important work in protecting children from all forms of abuse.
“Star Sixes is shaping up to be a great family event and with many young fans in attendance, it feels entirely appropriate to be supporting a charity that champions the safety of every child in the UK.”
Star Sixes will feature a group phase followed by knockout stages – including penalty shootouts – culminating in the Star Sixes Final, when the trophy will be at stake.
The entire tournament will be screened live by Sky Sports and other star names on show will include Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen, Gilberto Silva, Jens Lehmann, Marcel Desailly, Eric Abidal, Luis Garcia, Fernando Morientes and Dominic Matteo.
Every Star Sixes player will be a fully-capped former international, and with each country selecting a ten-man squad, many, many more star names will be announced in the coming weeks.
For more details about the NSPCC, visit www.nspcc.org.uk