#Game4Grenfell: The footballing community unites

On 2nd September 2017, a collection of stars from the worlds of sport, music and entertainment will join to play in a charity football match benefitting those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017.

Game4Grenfell will be hosted by Queens Park Rangers and will be held at Loftus Road. A whole host of former footballers will be involved including the likes of Alan Shearer (one captain), Les Ferdinand (another captain), David Seaman, Paul Merson, and Trevor Sinclair. Current Stoke City and England striker Peter Crouch will also make an appearance.

Loftus Road will host the match on 2nd September 2017 Image Source: Twitter

The remaining spots on the teams will be made up with stars such as Marcus Mumford, Tinie Tempah, Olly Murs, Damian Lewis and many more.

Marcus Mumford, of Mumford & Sons, has been increasingly involved since he launched a free summer football programme for the young children of Grenfell. The programme, held at Westway Sports Centre, will culminate in the match at Loftus Road.

QPR has been heavily involved and opened its doors and facilities to the victims immediately following the attack. The tragedy occurred just one mile from QPR’s home ground so it’s a fitting venue for the match.

The official website for the match states that #Game4Grenfell ‘exists to raise funds and inspire hope for those affected’. More than 80 people lost their lives in the fire and thousands more were affected because of it.

Over 80 people died in the fire Image Source: Twitter

This game is not just about raising money and helping those in the community. It is also a way of uniting fans of different clubs.

London is home to 12 clubs from the Premier League to EFL League Two. For this game, however, all rivalry will be forgotten and the emphasis will instead be on helping the community and making a positive change by simply attending a football match.

Tickets will be priced at £15 for adults and £5 for concessions. Over 2,000 complimentary tickets are also being given out to those affected by the disaster including families, local volunteers, residents and the emergency services.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes commented saying that “This game isn’t about QPR, this game is about our community, and it’s a vehicle to bring people together; to give us all an opportunity to show solidarity.”

Given that football hooliganism is said to have originated in London in the 1960s it provides a stark contrast and one that is welcomed with open arms.

For more information on the game and to buy tickets visit www.game4grenfell.com

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