June 9, 2014 by News

Rio Ferdinand Foundation and Celtic FC Foundation announce charity legends match featuring Paul McStay’s Maestros v Rio’s All Stars



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–       A charity match featuring Rio Ferdinand and former Celtic star Paul McStay and their chosen 11

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–       Money raised will be used to support and raise aspirations for young people in Glasgow and London

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London, Monday 9th June 2014

The unique charity event will take place in Glasgow at Celtic Park on Sunday 7th September 2014 with Celtic legend Paul McStay and former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand both inviting their chosen legends to play at this iconic stadium.

Ferdinand and McStay, both well respected in football, will be selecting football legends and celebrities to play with their teams with the remaining 10 players on each team announced over the next few months.

The money raised at the event will be split between Rio Ferdinand Foundation in London and Celtic FC Foundation in Glasgow, and will highlight a future working relationship delivering community-based projects for young people in both cities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation have worked with the Celtic FC Foundation in the past, most notably last summer when Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s coaches and Celtic FC Foundation coaches worked on the Summer Camp 2013 initiative. Celtic FC Foundation delivered free football sessions for 6-19 year olds in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets close to where Celtic FC founder Brother Walfrid was based as Headmaster of St. Anne’s School, Whitechapel in 1893, whilst the Rio Ferdinand Foundation delivered similar programmes in Peckham.


Tickets go on sale today (Monday 9th June 2014) through Celtic Football Club; or call; 08712261888 (option 4) or email:

 Rio Ferdinand broadcasted his excitement:

“This game presents a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and funds to support the underprivileged communities of Glasgow and London.

“Throughout my career I have always recognised how football has given me opportunities in life, and now – through my foundation, I’ve a chance to put something back and support young people.

“Celtic Football Club and its supporters have a great reputation for their commitment to charity and social causes, and it is fantastic to be partnering with them around this initiative. The fact that one of my own sporting heroes, Paul McStay, is involved, just makes it that bit more special for me.”


Paul McStay publicised his eagerness as well:

“Although I’m now based in Australia, my heart will always belong in the East End of Glasgow. It was a privilege to play for and captain the Club I have supported all my life and the pride I felt all those years ago will forever remain.

“The Celtic fans were always inspirational to me and I can’t wait to share another very special day with them, one which honours the very essence of our Club and its charitable beginnings.

“There’s going to be a buzz about the place.”


Gary Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, said:

“We are extremely happy to work with the Celtic FC Foundation, who have such a fantastic reputation both as a football club and for the charity work the foundation delivers and the match at Celtic Park is a fantastic opportunity to support young people.

“We are developing future work opportunities with Celtic FC Foundation following the work we did last year in London and this match is helping us to create long term prospects for young people. It will be great for people to watch legends like Paul McStay and Rio Ferdinand.

“The money raised at the game will help both organisations to carry on our work; creating opportunities in London and Glasgow.

“Our relationship with Celtic FC Foundation is very positive and like us, they focus on enabling and supporting young people through sports, education and employment pathways.”

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