February 14 2014
TV stars return to Wrexham for charity football match
Stars of the small screen will return to Wrexham for a charity football match.
Soapstar Soccerstar takes place at Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium on Saturday May 10.
Among those appearing are Emmerdale favourite Anthony Quinlan and his former Hollyoaks co-star Danny Miller.
The celebrity XI will take-on a team of ex Wales and Wrexham FC legends, featuring Bryan Hughes, Mickey Thomas and Lee Jones, who count Birmingham City, Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool FC among their former clubs.
Glyndŵr’s Sports Manager Anna Marie Brown said it will be a pleasure to welcome back the popular event, which was watched by more than 2,500 fans last year.
She said: “I’m so glad that Soapstar Soccerstar is back, the teamwork from stadium and sports centre staff supporting the players and events staff is a credit to everyone involved – it’s a truly successful partnership.
“This is an event that will only continue to grow year on year, with the additional bonus of local charities benefiting.
“We’re thrilled to again be involved and it just shows the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium is very much at the heart of sporting and community activity in North Wales.”
Last year, the soap stars edged their sporting rivals 5-4 in a thrilling match.
Chris Parry, director of Eezy Events, the company behind the fundraising event, hopes this summer’s spectacle will be even better and says Wrexham’s Nightingale House Hospice is one of the charities that will benefit from ticket sales, along with Once Upon a Smile, which offers respite breaks and supports families coming to terms with a bereavement.
“I am absolutely thrilled and excited to be bringing Soapstar Soccerstar back to Wrexham and the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium,” said Chris.
“It is fantastic for us to be able to continue our relationship with our charity partner Once Upon a Smile and is testament to the people that attended the match last year and supported our chosen charities.
“Without the fantastic support we received this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible and the fact that it’s a World Cup year will hopefully heighten the football fever leading in to the summer.”
He added: “All the ticket sales will once again go to various charities, including Nightingale House, and we hope to surpass last year’s crowd of 2,500 people.”
For tickets, visit http://www.sport.glyndwr.ac.uk/Events/TicketSales/