Sir Bobby Robson

National Football Day announced

by Stuart Vose

Football celebration to take place in honour of Sir Bobby.

The Football Association has announced plans for a new Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on Saturday 10th August.

The Day is intended as a celebration of one of football’s most iconic figures with more than 150 events planned to go ahead around the country.

Fans from across the nation will be able to take part in a showcase of the FA’s work at grassroots level encouraging participation in sport.

Lady Elsie Robson, Sir Bobby’s widow, said: “I’m sure Bob would have been thrilled having a National Football Day named in his honour.

“He was always so incredibly passionate about football.  He just loved it, whatever level it was being played at. 

“He was lucky enough to play and manage at the top of the game but he was just as enthusiastic talking to youngsters about their junior club matches.”

The events, being held by County FA’s  and FA Charter Standard Clubs, will be open to people of all ages and abilities, with the public able to join in everything from tournaments, to skills sessions and coaching workshops.

The day will provide a focus on every aspect of the game including women’s football, disability football, refereeing and coaching.

Sir Bobby passed away at the age of 76 in July 2009 after battling cancer.

Before his death, he founded the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity supporting cancer research.

In March 2013, it was revealed that the Foundation had raised more than £5m to aid vital work.

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