Youngsters get the chance to train at Millwall ahead of celebrity match

Admin (09 March, 2017)

The Big Match is heading to London for the first time this year and will be hosted at Millwall football ground

15542Children taking part in a previous Big Match event

Youngsters will get the chance to train like a pro with coaches at Millwall’s football ground – before watching a match between celebrities.

The Big Match is heading to London for the first time this year and children aged between five and fifteen have the chance to get involved.

The charity event, which raises money for the Brain Tumour Charity and Action for Children, will be held at Millwall’s stadium, the Den, on May 20.

The day will kick off with youngsters taking part in a fun, non-pressured training session with Millwall Community Trust’s professional coaches on the pitch.

After this, former professional footballers, celebrities, and public fundraisers will take to the pitch for a 90-minute match.

“Each child gets a goody bag and a medal and the opportunity to take part in something fantastic and educational while raising money for charity,” said Neil Humphries, founder of The Big Match charity event.

“They just need to raise a minimum of £50 to take part, which will go to the two charities.

“After the children’s session, there will be a 90-minute match which will feature Ossie Ardiles, Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, TOWIE’s Dan Edgar, Celebrity Big Brother’s Nicola McLean, and X Factor star Jay James this year.”

Neil founded the event, which is in its sixth year, after losing his father to a brain tumour.

“In 2012 I lost my dad to a brain tumour and I already supported Action for Children before that so I wanted to put on an event to raise money for both charities,” he said.

“The first event raised £10,000 and last year we raised £55,000. We’ve raised just over £300,000 since it started.”

All spectators will have to buy a ticket to watch the match – but any children taking part in the event won’t need a ticket.

On the day there will also be bouncy castles, penalty shoot-outs, give aways and raffles.

Any child wishing to take part is urged to register as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

To register, visit and fill out an application form or email


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