Have you always wanted to sit down face-to-face with Andre Villas-Boas to discuss Tottenham Hotspur? Well, now you can!
The latest prize in the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction will see two lucky football fans attend a training session at Tottenham Hotspurs’ new Training Centre followed by a lunch with Manager Andre Villas-Boas and presentation of a signed team shirt.
Poignantly, Andre’s prize has been offered ahead of Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day this Saturday 10 August, organised by the FA to honour one of football’s most iconic figures and celebrate the nation’s favourite game.
AVB joins a growing list of sport stars who have been driven to support the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction and help raise £1million in memory of the football legend.
Renowned for leading Ipswich Town to UEFA Cup success in 1981 and as one of England’s greatest managers, Sir Bobby inspired sport stars and punters across the country. It was this inspiration, warmth and passion that motivated sport’s biggest names to get behind the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction.
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.
And the calibre of supporters and prizes is just as impressive this year! Confirmed auction prizes for 2013 include 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’.
Taking place from 10 – 27 October, the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough online auction will raise crucial funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within two Suffolk Hospitals.
With many more auction lots for 2013 still to be announced, be sure to not miss out by registering your interest in the online auction at www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com.
Andre Villas-Boas, Manager Tottenham Hotspur and Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough donator, comments:
“Sir Bobby is a true legend of the game, a great man, a great manager and a real gentleman. I often think of him and the inspiration he gave me not only at Porto but throughout his life. The fact that so many fellow managers and people around the world are supporting this campaign speaks more about his legacy than I ever could.
It is particularly poignant that The FA’s National Football Day, celebrating 150 years of football, has been named after Sir Bobby, as he influenced everyone who ever met him with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game; from grassroots to top football management levels.
That Bobby is fighting against cancer even now shows that even though he was taken from us his spirit will never die. I am proud to support the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Campaign supporting Sir Bobby’s charity and hope fans across the country and throughout the world will do the same.”
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 first hand 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, “I am overwhelmed by Andre’s donation. I met Andre at an event to mark what would have been Sir Bobby’s 80th Birthday in February and he expressed a strong desire to help with our amazing fundraising but what has been offered today is above and beyond what we could have hoped! We encourage everyone to register for the online auction now as to not miss out on this and all the other great prizes.”
For more information on how to get involved, visit: www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com
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