The former England, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender and England Women’s record goalscorer were officially unveiled at the prestigious event, joining an esteemed list of recipients including Pele, David Beckham and most recently, former Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger.
On accepting the award, Gareth Southgate said, ‘It’s an absolute honour to receive the 2022 Legends of Football award. Nordoff and Robbins is a brilliant charity and it’s inspiring to see all the amazing work they do to help the lives of people living with disability, illness, or isolation through the power of music. I’m a proud Ambassador of Martin House Children’s Hospice, who provide specialist care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Music therapy is a really vital part of the wellbeing support that Martin House provides, offering children an alternative means of emotional and sensory expression, supporting relationships and creating precious memories.’
Ellen White commented ‘‘2022 has been a phenomenal year already, to achieve what we did at Wembley and to see the nation get behind us is truly unforgettable. It’s an absolute privilege to be awarded the 2022 Legends of Football award.
“I am so proud to associate myself with such an amazing charity like Nordoff and Robbins and I fully support the important role they play in improving the lives of young people through music. Music therapy is such a creative way of communicating with people who have learning disabilities and I hope any money raised through the event can continue to support the incredible progress that’s been made so far.’’
Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards supporting Nordoff and Robbins Music Therapy, the UK’s largest music therapy charity and Martin House Children’s Hospice, for whom Gareth is an ambassador.
Legends of Football Chairman, Geoff Shreeves and Laura Woods hosted the star-studded evening, with two-time BRIT award-winner and Grammy nominee James Bay performing as the headline musical act.
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