Playing an inch-perfect pass or hitting a powerful shot on the same, slick surface which graces Wembley Stadium?
Lining up alongside a top ex-player or having a former star of the game as your manager?
Well now you can, thanks to the Copa Del Cure Leukaemia, a six-a-side football tournament taking place at St George’s Park on Friday 18th October 2024.
Players can take advantage of the opportunity to live like professionals for a day, featuring in matches on the FIFA-approved 3G pitch and then enjoying an evening dinner with guest speakers at the on-site Hilton Hotel. As well as the football there will be plenty of additional elements to the event to add to the fun, including footballing legends to be involved on the day. Across the years, we have seen the likes of Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Stiliyan Petrov, Kevin Phillips, Peter Odemwingie, Adebayo Akinfenwa, David Nugent, Marlon Harewood and many more all taking part. Confirmed players for 2024 will be announced nearer the event but we will have a host of both new and returning ex-pros on the day.
All the proceeds from the Copa Del Cure Leukaemia will be donated to Cure Leukaemia, and the ongoing battle to eradicate all forms of blood cancer, a disease which has affected many players and their families within football in recent years.
Supporting the team at Cure Leukaemia and the vital work they are doing is paramount to LDC. The inaugural Copa Del CL provided the ideal springboard; it is original, ambitious, engaging and team focused allowing our LDC colleagues to lace up their boots and show their on-field talents in a unique location alongside some of the great names of English football. We look forward to supporting Cure Leukaemia further and beyond with an even more exciting tournament.
I have played in two previous Copa Del CL’s and I was always nervous building up to the day, but seeing teams also bringing along female players, there is almost a sense of camaraderie when you see another female, even if she is on the other team.