On 7th-9th June 2019, nearly 400 football fans will take part in Prostate Cancer UK’s flagship Football to Amsterdam bike ride. The ever-popular event, now in its 7th year, is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Putting rivalries aside, fans will unite by pedalling the two-day 145-mile stretch to Amsterdam's Johan Cruijff Arena from their choice of two start locations - either London at the Olympic Park or in Yorkshire at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium.
Forest legend Viv Anderson is taking part in the 2019 ride for a fourth time to continue showing his support for the charity.
Viv said: “Football to Amsterdam is a terrific weekend full of camaraderie and laughs, and I’m delighted to be taking part for a fourth year for Prostate Cancer UK in June 2019.
“When I first heard that one man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes, I was stunned. Shocking as that stat may be, it also reinforces why Prostate Cancer UK’s work, and events like Football to Amsterdam, are so important in the fight against this terrible disease.
“The ride has topped the £2 million mark now, which is fantastic – but there’s still a long way to go. That’s why I’m calling on Nottingham Forest fans to support me, because with your help we can stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
Reds manager Martin O’Neill said: “Prostate cancer is a massively important issue, and football has played a huge part in recent years in raising awareness of the disease. Nottingham Forest are proud to be standing alongside Prostate Cancer UK in its fight against the illness, which kills one man every 45 minutes.
"Knowing that one in eight men in the UK will be affected by prostate cancer in their lifetime is a scary statistic, but one that with the help of the football community, we can help turn around.
"With the support of staff, managers, players and supporters from clubs across the country, we can stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
One man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer – that’s two men every football match which is simply unacceptable. We need to turn the game around for men and their families and Football to Amsterdam is a brilliant demonstration of fans putting their rivalries aside to fight one common opposition.
Football to Amsterdam raises vital funds for more ground-breaking research to help provide dedicated support and information to men and their families and make prostate cancer a disease the next generation of men need not fear.
So help keep men united and support Viv’s fundraising efforts by donating here:
You will also be able to donate to Prostate Cancer UK before the Middlesbrough game via the matchday volunteers who will be around The City Ground collecting on behalf of the charity.