This is the fourth time that Vitality has partnered with Soccer Aid for UNICEF as part of its commitment to inspire and encourage people to live healthier and more active lifestyles. This year, Vitality will be challenging the celebrity participants to a series of fitness-related challenges which will be shared across social media in June.
Nick Read, Managing Director of the Vitality Programme, commented: “As long-standing partners of UNICEF, we’re delighted to be working with Soccer Aid for UNICEF as part of their mission to protect millions of vulnerable children around the world. It’s something that aligns very closely with our core purpose here at Vitality, to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives.”
Kenneth Shepherd, Founder of Soccer Aid for UNICEF, said: “Vitality has been a brilliant partner for a number of years now, and we’re delighted to once again extend our partnership with them for the 2022 match. We look forward to working with Vitality in the build up to training week and the big game on Sunday 12th June, at the London Stadium.”
Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2022 debutants include; Liam Payne, Mark Noble, Alex Brooker, Steven Bartlett, Petr Cech, Emma Hayes, Elz, Eni Eluko, Carli Lloyd, Noah Beck and Munya Chawawa. They will be accompanied by returning stars, such as; Usain Bolt, Martin Compston, Lee Mack, Damian Lewis, Aitch and Chunkz. Also back is longstanding host and UNICEF UK Ambassador Dermot O’Leary, who will be joined once again by touchline reporter, Alex Scott and Maya Jama, who is back in the pundit seat.
The line-up is further strengthened by a number of football stars including: Andriy Shevchenko, Gary Neville, Teddy Sheringham, Jamie Carragher, David James, Fara Williams, Patrice Evra, Cafu and Joe Cole. Harry Redknapp returns, but this time as manager of the England team, whilst legendary manager, Arsene Wenger takes over for the Soccer Aid World XI FC side.
Since 2006 – when UNICEF UK ambassador, Robbie Williams co-founded the concept – Soccer Aid for UNICEF has raised over £60m to help give children all over the world a happy, healthy childhood full of play. Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021, at the Etihad Stadium, raised a record-breaking £13m.
This year, there has never been a more challenging time for children. Right now, kids are facing war, disasters, and other crises in countries around the world. And it is children that are often hardest hit – like the 7.5 million currently affected by the war in Ukraine. These children risk losing their homes, their families, and their schools. They lose the ability to just be kids.
Soccer Aid for UNICEF is working hard to give children around the world the care-free, play-filled childhoods they are entitled to. The money raised from this year’s game could help UNICEF provide vaccines, fight malnutrition, and provide safe spaces to protect them in times of crisis.
To buy tickets for Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2022, please visit www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets, where a family of four can attend for just £60.
Vitality is a longstanding partner of UNICEF and supports other notable active and sports focused UNICEF campaigns.