Hundreds of fans of Football League clubs have set off today on a cycle ride to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.This year’s ‘Football to Amsterdam’ event, The Football League’s sixth annual end of season charity event and the fourth in support of Prostate Cancer UK, involved 350 riders setting off from three different start points – London (Lee Valley VeloPark), Barnsley (Oakwell Stadium) and Ipswich (Portman Road).
The ride will be covered via Twitter (@football_league and @ProstateUK) or by searching #F2A.
To sponsor the cyclists on this year’s #F2A event, visit: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/prostatecancer/footballtoamsterdam2016
Led by three former England footballers in Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson, the riders will join the fight against prostate cancer with the aim to raise half a million pounds for Prostate Cancer UK, the Official Charity Partner of The Football League.
More than 50 Football League clubs are represented among the cyclists, all riding 145 miles over two days to support the leading men’s health charity against a disease that kills one man every hour.
The £500,000 raised will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.
James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “We’re delighted that a record number of ridershave decided to join the fight against prostate cancer and ride to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
“One man every hour dies from prostate cancer; it’s the most common cancer in men, but we want to make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear. We thank all of the intrepid riders for joining the fight and wish them every success in the event.”
Ben Wright, Commercial Director of The Football League said: “We are proud of our partnership with Prostate Cancer UK and it’s great to see the Football to Amsterdam ride going from strength to strength in 2016.
“This is a great event and as a packed peloton of former internationals, ex-players, staff and supporters from clubs throughout The Football League saddle up in force, it once again highlights how the beautiful game and the Football League family can unite to make a game-changing contribution to men’s health.”
Want to take part in the 2017 Football to Amsterdam cycle ride? Just visit http://prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam to register your interest!
The full list of the 54 Football League clubs represented on the ride this year is below – in addition to these, representatives from the wider ‘football family’ are part of the ride, including fans from new clubs Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich City.
Dagenham & Redbridge
Milton Keynes Dons
Preston North End