& IAN WRIGHT
Ian Wright, one of the finest goal-scorers of his generation and Emma Hayes, the history-making manager of Chelsea Women, joined the greatest names in football when they were honoured by Legends of Football.
2ND OCTOBER 2023
Legends of Football has raised more than £8.5 million for music therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins in its 25-year history.
The annual charity gala will take place at Grosvenor House on 2 October 2023, honouring this year’s legends, Emma Hayes OBE and Ian Wright MBE.
Every year, the worlds of football and music come together at Legends of Football to honour the greatest names in the game. This year, Legends of Football celebrates the stellar careers of Ian Wright and Emma Hayes and their contribution to the game at its annual charity gala.
Over the course of its 25-year history, Legends of Football has raised more than £8.5 million for music therapy charity Nordoff and Robbins.
Ian and Emma follow in the footsteps of the likes of illustrious recipients Sir Alex Ferguson, Pele, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, David Beckham and Eric Cantona in one of the highlights of the football calendar.
All money raised goes to Nordoff and Robbins whose treatment helps people with a variety of disorders including dementia, autism, cardiac conditions, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. Music therapy allows the patients an opportunity to communicate in ways they can’t otherwise, and can help with memory, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and improve self-esteem.
We’re proud that the funds we have raised have helped the charity continue to provide outstanding methods of enriching the lives of people through the sheer enjoyment of music.
NORDOFF AND ROBBINS?
Today, informed by more than 60 years of practice and research, our music therapists work with people of all ages living with conditions such as dementia or acquired brain injuries to break through the barriers that can cause social isolation.
The impact of our work for people and society can be truly transformative.
From the East End of London to the banks of the River Clyde, World Cup winners, transfer record breakers, from The Premier League to La Liga – Legends of Football has honoured the greatest football legends of our time, from the Wizard of Dribble, Sir Stanley Matthews to the larger than life genius of Brian Clough. We salute each and every one of our brilliant, mercurial League of Legends.
Since 1996, legends such as John Charles CBE, Sir Stanley Matthews CBE, Brian Clough OBE, Sir Bobby Robson CBE, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Kenny Dalglish MBE, Alan Shearer OBE and Eric Cantona, to name a few, have received this prestigious award. In recent years the dinner has also paid tribute to Jose Mourinho, Ryan Giggs OBE as well as the man widely regarded as the greatest player of all time – Pele. To mark our 20th anniversary, global footballing icon David Beckham OBE was our legend.
In 2016, we celebrated 25 seasons of the Premier League, honouring a special group of players who have scored 100 Premier League goal. In 2017 we honoured the achievements of Liverpool and England hero Steven Gerrard MBE and in 2018, Chelsea manager and legend Frank Lampard OBE. 2019 saw Arsène Wenger OBE inducted into the Legends of Football following a trophy laden career as Arsenal manager. After a two-year hiatus, 2022 saw England manager Gareth Southgate OBE and Lionesses hero Ellen White MBE join the long list of legends of the prestigious award.
Barclays will be the headline sponsor for 2023 Legends of Football
“We’re delighted to be the headline sponsor for this year’s Legends of Football event. We are committed to supporting music, sports, arts and culture, and are really excited to celebrate the amazing achievements of Ian, who is also our long-standing football ambassador, and Emma on 2nd October. Legends of Football is a wonderful night and initiative that supports an amazing charity, Nordoff and Robbins, whose invaluable work through the use of music therapy improves the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society. We look forward to seeing you there for a fantastic evening of music and football.” – Tom Corbett, Managing Director, Sponsorship, Barclays
Extending its long-term association with football, Barclays will be the headline sponsor for 2023 Legends of Football. For over two decades, their partnership with the Premier League has seen the league go from strength to strength, and as the proud first title sponsor of the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship, Barclays made the largest ever commercial investment in women’s sport in the UK and are committed to giving girls in England equal access to football in schools by 2024. In addition to Barclays’ iconic football heritage, Barclaycard has an outstanding 20-year association to the entertainment industry. Alongside their headline sponsorship of Capital’s Summertime and Jingle Bell Ball, they’ve demonstrated their ongoing commitment to the UK’s festival scene.
THE LATEST FROM
LEGENDS OF FOOTBALL
London, 02 October 2023 – Legends of Football, in aid of Nordoff and Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, honoured Arsenal goal-scoring hero Ian Wright
London, 14 September 2023 – Three-time BRIT nominee and chart-topping singer-songwriter Tom Grennan has been announced to headline Legends of Football 2023 as it returns
Legends of Football is proud to have such loyal support from the music, football and games industries.
Thanks to all of our supporters and sponsors the LoF continues to be the most important charity event in the football calendar, raising vital funds for Nordoff and Robbins. With thanks to our partners for their continued support.
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