On the 1st December 2014, Foxes FC were proud to be invited to join fellow supporters from the football, business, and media industry to attend Grassroot Soccer’s charity gala at London’s Savoy Hotel. Hosted by television presenter and journalist Jake Humphrey, the event raised over £267,000 for HIV and AIDS prevention among youth in Africa.

The event’s 200 guests were treated to performances by the London Community Gospel Choir, the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Quartet and 3-time world champion freestyle footballer Andrew Henderson.

Guests also had the opportunity to bid on exclusive and unique prizes in auctions. Up for grabs was the opportunity to have an 11 a-side match against the likes of Grassroot Soccer Pro Ambassadors Robert Pirès, Fredrik Ljungberg, and Bacary Sagna, or go behind the scenes at Channel 4 News with Jon Snow. Perhaps the most special item up for auction was a Nelson Mandela hand-signed lithograph titled “The Window.”

The Window

It was great seeing so many Foxes FC parents at the event, supporting such a great cause. We hope to see you again at future fundraising events.

Joel & James

To read more about the fantastic event and see photos from the night click here.

All proceeds from the evening benefited Grassroot Soccer’s work using the power of football to educate, inspire and empower young people to stop the spread of HIV. Founded by four professional football players, Grassroot Soccer is mobilising the most vulnerable population of youth, ages 12-19, to break the cycle of AIDS by engaging local Coaches who equip young people with the knowledge, skills and support they need to avoid HIV. Grassroot Soccer has a global reach, with flagship sites in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and trains thousands of Coaches in more than 40 countries to provide valuable education and support to more than 700,000 young people.

To find out more about Grassroot Soccer’s work, please click here.