Writer: Liz Luff
Date:Thursday September 5 2013
Enjoy owning the England match shirt Gazza wore during Italia '90`s warm up game? Or fancy playing a football match on the hallowed turf of St. George`s Park?
As England prepares to play in a World Cup Qualifier this Friday, organisers are calling on football fans to register for the Sir Bobby`s Breakthrough Online Charity Auction to be in with a chance to bid on some of England`s best memorabilia and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Considered one of the sporting world`s biggest auctions, the Sir Bobby`s Breakthrough auction, running from 10 - 27 October, will raise crucial funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within two Suffolk Hospitals.
A growing list of sporting stars and supporters have backed the Sir Bobby`s Breakthrough online auction in an effort to help raise an ambitious £1million in memory of the football legend. The latest to donate to the auction is Giacomo Malvermi, who was Sir Bobby`s Italia `90 translator and was privileged to see behind the scenes and get to know the England team.
After a pre-World Cup training game against Tunisia, England hotshot, Paul Gascoigne dug out his England 19 shirt from the bottom of his kit bag and gave it to Giacomo … an England match shirt you can now bid on!
Worn by Gazza ahead of his famous tears in Turin, England fans can own this one-of-a-kind piece of football history. Register now at http://www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com/wordpress/the-auction/ so as to not miss out.
Another auction item recently added to the list will see one lucky company enjoy a League Managers Association (LMA) Corporate Football Tournament with a minimum of three 6-a-side games played on the very same pitch used by the England senior team.
Give your company a shot at football glory with this once-in-a-lifetime package including a full playing kit for all members of the squad, management by a LMA member, FA qualified coaches facilitating the match, pre- and post-match food and drink and a prize giving and Q&A session with LMA Ambassadors.
Proudly backed by headline supporter BT Sport, Sir Bobby`s Breakthrough auction items for 2013 also include a Tottenham Hotspur experience including lunch with Manager, Andre Villas-Boas, a VIP trip to next year`s F1 in Monaco by private 'Eclipse` jet, exclusive tickets to the 2014 PFA Awards Dinner (the football event of the year), a week sailing on a luxury catamaran 'Akasha`, all inclusive for ten people, around the British Virgin Isles, a one-on-one personal bowling tuition with England professional cricketer Graeme Swann at Lords and a world cruise for two experiencing the sights of Europe, the Far East and the Caribbean onboard the 'Balmoral`.
In 2011, Jose Mourinho famously donated his FIFA Ballon D`Or 2010 World Coach of the Year Award Trophy to the auction, raising an incredible £26,000. Other sporting stars who donated in 2011 include Sir Alex Ferguson, Josep 'Pep` Guardiola, Andre Villas Boas, Alan Pardew, Arsene Wenger, Lewis Hamilton, Gary Lineker, Graeme Swann and David Beckham.
Visit www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com for more information.
Giacomo Malvermi, Sir Bobby`s Italia `90 translator, comments:
"Sir Bobby was a great man and a gentleman of the football world. During my time as his translator at Italia `90 I was inspired and overwhelmed by his passion, kindness and above all his great humanity and empathy. The fact that so many people in the sporting world and beyond are supporting this campaign says so much about the man and manager Sir Bobby was. I loved Sir Bobby and I am honoured to donate my Paul Gascoigne England match shirt to this online auction in aid of such a good cause."
Mark Robson, Sir Bobby`s son and part of the Sir Bobby`s Breakthrough committee, comments: "Sadly, cancer is likely to affect every one of us in one way or another and my family knows firsthand the pain it can cause. That`s why we are so committed to continuing the work started by my father in supporting research for new treatments. The online auction is a fantastic platform to help us raise crucial funds for these charities and we are looking forward to the auction going live in October."
Gina Long, Founder, concludes, "We are announcing new auction items every day, including Paul Gascoigne`s training jersey, a great piece of England memorabilia, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to play at the famed St George`s Park. We are overwhelmed by the support we have already received and we encourage people to continue to donate money-can`t-buy prizes and register to bid."
For more information on how to get involved, visit: www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com
Date:Thursday September 5 2013
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