BBC Radio 5 live's Football Fundraiser kicks off!

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We’re over the moon to announce that BBC Radio 5 live has teamed up with us here at BBC Children in Need to host their first ever fantastic Football Fundraiser!

The campaign kicked off on 20 October at Tottenham Hotspur, and runs though until the start of December. Lots of Premiership and Championship clubs right across the UK will be helping to raise money for BBC Children in Need through a variety of different activities, from personal appearances by Pudsey Bear through to coin collections at matches and articles printed in match programmes.

On top of that, each of the clubs will be screening a brand new BBC Children in Need appeal film. BBC Children in Need supports many projects right around the UK that do amazing work with disadvantaged children - including groups that help children through football. The beautiful game can provide kids with fun, friendship, fitness and a sense of belonging to a team.

One of the groups the charity supports is the Invicta Valiants – a football club in Kent for children who are physically disabled or have learning difficulties. Reading striker and 5 live presenter Jason Roberts and ex-Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba recently visited the club for a kick about with these inspirational kids and the action was filmed for this fundraising campaign.

Fabrice Muamba and Jason Roberts support BBC Radio 5 live's Football Fundraiser.

At the end of the video, people at the match will be asked to donate money using a text number. Hopefully lots of people in the crowd will get out their mobile phones and help us to raise as much money as possible for disadvantaged children and young people right on our doorsteps here in the UK.

If you'd like to donate £5 to BBC Children in Need, text FOOTBALL to 70705. Text messages will cost £5 plus your standard network charge and £5 will go to BBC Children in Need. Click here for full terms and conditions. You must be over 16 and ask the billpayers permission.

Later this month, Radio 5 live will be broadcasting a radio version of the Appeal Film that they’ve produced. Again, people will be asked to text to donate.

Thank you so much to everyone at 5 live and the football clubs – you’re brilliant!

Here’s a list of all of the clubs involved so far, and the dates they’re helping us out.

  • Sat 20 Oct - Tottenham Hotspur
  • Sat 20 Oct - Watford
  • Wed 24 Oct  - Blackburn Rovers
  • Sat 27 Oct - Ipswich Town
  • Sat 27 Oct - Manchester City
  • Sat 27 Oct - Barnsley
  • Sat 27 Oct - Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Sun 28 Oct - Everton
  • Fri 2 Nov - Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Tue 6 Nov - Burnley
  • Sat 3 Nov - Hull City
  • Tues 6 Nov - Derby County
  • Sat 17 Nov - Nottingham Forest
  • Sat 17 Nov - Reading
  • Sat 17 Nov - Bolton
  • Sat 24 Nov - Stoke City
  • Tues 27 Nov - Sunderland
  • Wed 28 Nov - Chelsea
  • Sat 1 Dec - Liverpool
  • Sat 1 Dec - Queens Park Rangers

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