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Footballers in Burntwood are being urged to do their bit for Sport Relief. Leisure Leagues – who run divisions at Burntwood Leisure Centre – are lending their backing to the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Shirt of Hurt scheme. The charitable initiative, thought up by presenter Danny Baker, aims to raise money for Sport Relief by people accepting pledges to wear the shirts of their team’s biggest rivals.
Adrian Chiles in a Wolves shirt on Match of the Day 2
The campaign has already seen ex-Arsenal stars Lee Dixon and Martin Keown wear Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United shirts, while Match of the Day 2 and The One Show presenter Adrian Chiles has donned the shirt of Wolves – fierce rivals of his beloved West Bromwich Albion. Andy Thorley, from Leisure Leagues, explained:
“I listen to Danny Baker’s show each weekend and when I heard of the scheme I thought we should promote it to all the teams as we are in a unique position to help. “Leisure Leagues run leagues in Burntwood and have around 350 players, so if we can get some money raised for this brilliant cause that would be superb.”
Andy, a Stoke City season ticket holder, refused to be drawn as to whether he would wear a Port Vale top for charity. He joked:
“I might consider beating anyone’s pledge by a pound so I don’t have to do that!”
Leisure Leagues also have a signed Birmingham City football that they are auctioning for Sport Relief and anyone who wants to pledge for Shirt of Hurt, or bid for this special item, can email For more information on the leagues – which take place at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Sundays and Mondays – can ring 0845 230 2340 or visit


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