SUNDERLAND football sides are being encouraged to go for glory – and help fight a deadly form of male cancer in the process.
Goals Soccer Centre, in Durham Road, behind Sunderland College, is hosting the inaugural Men United Cup.
The nationwide five-a-side competition is helping to support Prostate Cancer UK.
The centre is asking teams to take part in the event on Wednesday, September 18.
The winners of the Wearside competition will progress to a national final next month where they will take on a team of ex-pros playing for the talkSport Legends radio team, which includes ex-England stars Ray Parlour and Stan Collymore.
About 250,000 men in the UK are living with prostate cancer, and an estimated 40,000 men are diagnosed every year. Simon Lynch, general manager at Goals Sunderland, said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic charity by hosting the first Men United Cup.
“Hopefully, we can attract a lot of teams to helps raise the much-needed funds by prompting awareness around the often-ignored issue of men’s health.”
Each team that enters will get a free Men United memento and the best fund-raising team will also receive a talkSPORT branded kit.
The tournament will be played out by more than 1,000 teams at 43 Goals Soccer Centres across the UK. To enter, call Goals Sunderland on 337 0360 or log on to www.goalsfootball.co.uk.