For the last six years, the F2 Freestylers have been wowing their fans with their impressive and sometimes baffling football tricks via their YouTube and social media channels.
Now Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove have set themselves a new goal – to raise thousands of pounds for Childline and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity by taking part in a celebrity football match.
The internet stars who head up the F2 Football Club made up of influencers, celebrities, ex-footballers and up and coming talent will take to the pitch with their teammates at The Den, the home of Millwall Football Club, on Sunday 26 May. There they will play against the London Lions for the chance to win the Wonderwall Cup.
Among the F2 Football Club players confirmed as playing when the match kicks-off at 3pm are celebrity personal trainer and social influencer Bradley Simmonds, Love Island 2018 contestant Jack Fowler and comedian ManlikeHaks.
Ex-Millwall assistant boss Marc Bircham, former Millwall player Alex Rae and Snapchat sensation Stevo The Madmen help make up the London Lions’ team which was formed by Andy Pheby and Micky Simpson who created the Wonderwall Cup competition.
Proceeds from the match will be split 50/50 between the F2 Freestylers’ chosen charity Childline and the London Lions’ chosen charity SSAFA.
“After being invited to Childline’s London base last year and hearing about some of the issues children and young people are dealing with on a day-to-day basis, coupled with the fact we have a lot of young followers, Jeremy and I felt it was the right charity to support.
“Mental health is the number one reason children and young people contact Childline and as someone who battled with anxiety and depression in their 20s that really struck a chord with me.
“It was tough as an adult coping with that so I can only imagine what it must be like for a child or young person. Thankfully Childline’s volunteer counsellors are there for them during their darkest hour 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
John Cameron, Head of Childline, said:
“I’d like to thank the F2 Freestylers for choosing Childline as one of the beneficiaries of the match.
“As a charity 90 per cent of our income comes from donations and fundraisers like the charity football match so we are extremely grateful.
“The money raised will help us to continue to provide this crucial service which is quite literally a lifeline to children and young people during times when they feel they have nowhere else to turn.”
Sir Andrew Gregory, Chief Executive of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, said:
“We were delighted to be named as a charity partner for the Wonderwall Cup 2019 and extend our thanks to the team involved.
“Their support means that we will be able to assist even more members of the Armed Forces community when they are in need. SSAFA is proud to be on the frontline of delivering practical, emotional and financial support to the men, women and families of the Forces, past and present.
“The Wonderwall Cup is set to be a fun, exciting event – but also a chance for spectators to give back to those who have given so much to protect our Nation. We look forward to a successful collaboration, for an excellent cause.”
Andy Pheby, founder of Wonderwall Cup, said:
“We have chosen to support SSAFA because the Armed Forces are very close to our hearts, not just for the organisers but for Millwall fans as a whole.
“We can’t thank them enough for what they do to protect the country and others. We think SSAFA is fantastic as it not only offers help to those currently serving but also aftercare for veterans – as well as families. On a personal note, SSAFA managed to arrange for my Grandad’s medals to be replaced when he passed on.”
Tickets cost £3 for under 12s, £6 for under 16s and £10 for adults. Visit www.millwalltickets.com