Following on from the unprecedented success of the inaugural Football Beyond Borders Stadium Challenge, the event returns once again this year.
The challenge, which will be held on Sunday 9th September, will see teams of up-to five riders criss-cross 60 miles of London’s roads to cycle to 10 iconic football stadiums in the capital to raise vital funds for our work at FBB.
Enrolling a young person on our FBB Schools Programme costs £400 per year. A full team participating in the Stadium Challenge raising £200 per team member can directly cover the costs of at least two participants for the full year. Last year the 25 cyclists who took in the challenge raised over £7,000. That was enough to cover the cost of enrolling almost 20 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds on our programmes.
This year with your help we can raise even more and give young people the opportunities they lack to realise their capacity to learn, engage and empower them with the tools to succeed.
Setting off from Trafalgar Square, the teams will have a free rein on the best route to take as they seek to complete the challenge. At each of the stadiums they will be expected to tweet a group photo to show they have completed each stage. For Sam Wofford, who participated in the first Stadium Challenge, although the “the road goes on forever, the banter never stopped”. Indeed, such was the experience he has already committed to this year’s ride.
He says: “I can say with absolute certainty that I will be reprising my role in the FBB Stadium Challenge next year, and hopefully we can multiply our efforts to make it an even bigger and better event.” Cautiously optimistic, Sam added “I imagine in years to come we’ll have the likes of Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins riding alongside us, but I’ll always be inspired by the 25 cyclists who participated in the first ever FBB challenge.”
To ensure the safety of all the participants and make sure the experience is a responsibly enjoyed one, the event is not a race to see who finishes the fastest. However, there are a number of other competitive yet fun elements thrown in, including prizes for those with the best team photo, best team video, highest fundraising total and the team the competes the most challenges along the route.
The stadiums include contingents all the way from the Premier League (Arsenal, Chelsea, Palace, West Ham and Tottenham), to the football league (Millwall, Fulham, QPR and Charlton) and non-league (Clapton FC) to represent the diverse footballing tapestry of the city.
As our director Jasper Kain says ” It is a wonderful way of seeing the city, making friends and getting fit! I will never forget taking the cable car over the Thames at the end of the ride with my team! The funds raised are an invaluable way of ensuring we can raise the necessary funds for all of those who want to be part of the programme for the year ahead.”
How to sign up
Signing up to the Stadium Challenge for a day of fun, excitement and fitness as well as helping us extend our work to even more disadvantaged young people couldn’t be easier.
To register all you have to do is fill out your details on EventBrite and setup your fundraising page on JustGiving. We will be sending you your very own FBB T-shirt and fundraising pack to help you give your fundraising an added boost. Make sure you get your teammates to register too!
If you have any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org