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Football to Amsterdam 2017 a success, according to secretary Adam Grice

15 June 2017

After completing a hat-trick of Football to Amsterdam charity bike rides, we caught up with club secretary Adam Grice as he talked us through 2017's endeavours.

He took part in the ride for the third successive year, with relatives Marie and Hayley accompanying him along with first team coach Nick Daws. The quartet raised around £5,500 for Prostate Cancer UK, bringing the three-year club total to approaching £11,500.

Speaking to iFollow, Adam reacted to a number of topics, including thanks to sponsors, donators and how much the event has come on.

ON THE 2017 CHALLENGE...

AG: This ride was probably my best and I enjoyed it as much as my previous two. It's not about beating times, it's about raising both awareness and money for Prostate Cancer UK and the event seems to be getting better every year.

Nick Daws finished day one in the top four and went against at his own pace before waiting for us at the last stop so we could cycle in as a team. My auntie Marie and cousin Hayley both really enjoyed the experience as well. It's their first charity event, so they're over the moon to have completed it.

ON HOW MUCH HAS THE EVENT GROWN...

AG: It's near enough doubled. In 2015, when I first took part with Wayne Johnson from the SUFC Trust, there was just one leg from London and around 150-200 people took part. This year, there was a London leg and a Yorkshire leg and just short of 400 people taking part.

ON THE MONEY RAISED...

AG: I think the last count it was about £460,000 raised this year for Prostate Cancer UK, excluding the work that Jeff Stelling is doing as well. Over the three years I've been involved, the Scunthorpe United total is just short of £11,500. There have been a number of people that have been a part of the massive effort to fundraise year-on-year. 

This year we've raised a total approaching £5,500, which is a personal best during the three years I've been involved. A massive thank you to everyone that has sponsored us or donated during that time.

A HAT-TRICK AND OUT?...

AG: There's every temptation to do it again next year, despite saying I would stand down after the hat-trick. The adrenalin you get once you cross that line outside the Amsterdam Arena makes you think "just one more year" and the fact others say they're doing it again next year makes you want to be a part of it.

You can already register your interest to take part next year and it's an experience I would really recommend.

Thanks go to Doncaster-based company Coolcare Logistics, a frozen food distributor, provided the front of shirt sponsorship to cover the costs of the shirts. 

Other shirt sponsors include; Southern & Redfern Industrial Solutions LTD, Pennine Pneumatic Services (PPS) LTD, JEM Sports Management, Scunthorpe United Community Sports & Education Trust, DM Electrical, Ziniz at Bawtry, Rigel Wolf Chartered Accountants, Redroad FM, Cube and The Blues Club.

The jerseys were designed and made by Godfrey Sports Limited in Nottingham.

There's still time to make a donation to the cause. Please visit https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/ScunthorpeUnitedFC to sponsor Adam, Nick, Hayley and Marie.  


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