Whether you’re a grass roots Sunday player or you strut your stuff on the hallowed turf of the Premier League, Movember has caught the imagination of the sporting community. If you favour the oval over the round ball, you’re also in good company. Mo’s have been sighted on all walks of sportsmen, ranging from jockeys and darts players, to Olympic medal winners and martial arts professionals.
Movember can motivate your sports club to have some fun and raise vital funds for men’s health. Why not emulate your heroes from yesteryear and go retro for 2012? Whether that’s dressing up as Cliff Thorburn at your snooker hall, Frank Worthington on your five-a-side pitch or Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor at the pub oche, bring Movember to your sport and help change the face of men’s health.
The beautiful game got on board the Mo train like never before during 2011. From the Premier League to Hackney Marshes the Mo was King, with fans and players alike raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health. Twenty professional clubs across the UK went large on their upper lips and raised £48,855 for Movember.
In addition, there was considerable grass roots activity, including furry five-a-side competitions and coverage across the media including Sky Sports where football experts Ray Wilkins and Gerry Armstrong grew moustaches for the first time since the 1980’s and the football quiz show ‘Take It Like a Fan’ ran a round of Mo related questions.
Among the more active were Stoke City who, like Birmingham City, ran half-time shave-downs, while QPR also raised considerable sums by inviting fans, players and staff to join their team.
The Autumn Internationals, Aviva Premiership, Magners League and Heineken Cup saw players and fans harness the power of the moustache to help raise funds and awareness. With continuing support from the Rugby Players Association, the Movember team have been blown away by the support of the rugby world who tackled men’s health issues head on.
The speed merchants of the Formula One world were in top gear last season with McLaren’s Jenson Button doing a fine impression of a young Graham Hill. Teams including Sauber, Force India and Red Bull were among the crews doing their bit in the pit lanes and on the circuits around the world.
Even though the cricketers were on a break it didn’t stop them chancing their arm at cultivating a moustache. Former England player Ronnie Irani lead the way on talkSPORT radio, whilst England legend Allan Lamb rolled back the years to re-produce his famous soup strainer. Current players Andrew Hall and Pete Trego were the big hitters for Northampton.