Sky has announced plans to broadcast the Queens Park Rangers’ #Game4Grenfell charity football match, which is raising funds for those affected by the horrific fire. The satcaster will air the game on both Sky1 and freeview channel Pick as part of an afternoon of special programming.
In addition to the game itself – which will see former football professionals, celebrities and special guests play a 90-minute match at Loftus Road – Sky will also air a pre-match show featuring players and pundits, alongside those affected by the events in West London. #Game4Grenfell will be shown on Sky1 and Pick from 2pm on Saturday 2nd September.
#Game4Grenfell is the brainchild of QPR Co-Chairman Tony Fernandes who has worked alongside QPR Director of Football and former football player Les Ferdinand to put the event together. It has been organised by QPR in the Community Trust group and being supported by Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford and Sons. Marcus, QPR and other local organisations are also behind a recently-launched free summer football programme at the Westway Sports Centre for the young children of Grenfell.
Celebrities lined up to take part in the afternoon’s events include Jamie Dornan, Olly Murs, Tinie Tempah, Jarvis Cocker, Danny Jones, Les Ferdinand, David Seaman and Alan Shearer. Peter Crouch is also confirmed to feature alongside his childhood friend Gregg Jules, a fire-fighter who was directly involved in the relief effort. Sky Sports’ Chris Kamara will match report on the day.
Sky’s special afternoon of programming was commissioned by Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment Philip Edgar-Jones and Commissioning Editor for Arts and Entertainment Shirley Jones. The coverage of the game is being produced by Legends TV, while Expectation is handling the pre-match, half-time and post-match appearances. “Through the power of football, the aim for #Game4Grenfell is to raise funds for those affected by the tragic events of June”, Phil Edgar-Jones said. “We hope our broadcast will let millions of people across the country stand together with the Grenfell community on 2nd September.”