In anticipation of this year’s World Cup in South Africa, we teamed up with NSPCC and Teens Unite to produce an unforgettable evening of memories and experience from the greatest sporting event on earth. The event was held on behalf of the Professional Football Association on Tuesday 25th May 2010 at the Emirates Stadium (Arsenal’s home ground).
The BBC’s Mark Pougatch interviewed some true World Cup heroes on stage about their memories and thoughts on this year’s tournament, including 1966 golden boot winner and iconic international legend Eusebio, 1970 winning captain Carlos Alberto, 1978 winner Ossie Ardilles, Tottenham Hotspur’s Ricky Villa and Holland’s Aron Winter who appeared in no less than 7 World and European Finals.
Jonny Gould acted as autioneer, whipping the audience into a spending frenzy. We rasied a total of c. £25,000 for the charities through the sale of Virgin Flights, a trip on the luxury Ferretti 550 yacht, Ice Cool Diamonds, a Corum Black Hull watch, to name a few of the fantastic lots.
Drum Cafe, which will be sending performers to the opening ceremony of this year’s World Cup provided outstanding musical entertainment (which included audience participation) and Delaware North Catering created the delicious food for the gala dinner.
Other event sponsors were Virgin Atlantic, Sporting Bet and Mercedes-Benz.
“Just wanted to say how great the evening on Tuesday was. The group of footballers who attended was amzing and the venue was great! I’m sure Angela has already said thank you for your support of the NSPCC but I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of John Grounds and I for the opportunity to be involved in a fantastic evening!” – Sophie Moss from NSPCC
“I hope the rest of the evening was enjoyable for everyone – I loved the percussion performance and the individual drums, quite ingenious and innovative!” – Sian Webb from Clive Christian Publicity
Have a look through a few of the photographs taken during the course of the event.