Former Manchester City goalie Given dons gloves for Sport Relief penalty shoutout

Thomas Schofield | 23rd March 2018

Retired Premier league goalkeeper Shay Given is taking part in a 12-hour endurance challenge for Sport Relief on the Friday 23 March in MediaCityUK in Salford. 

The former Manchester city hero will be in between the sticks for 12 hours trying to save penalties, as he tries to help Sport Relief raise more money than ever.

It will take part on the MediaCityUK piazza between 11:00 and 23:00. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to make their way to MediaCityUK and play their part.

Given told the BBC:”I’ve faced my fair share of penalty takers in my career but to do it solidly for 12 hours takes on a whole new dimension. The challenge will be a real test of endurance but I’m up for it.”

Meanwhile, ex Manchester United, Birmingham, Blackburn and Wales international footballer Robbie Savage will face an endurance challenge of his own.

In 2016, he faced and lost against Premier league winner and fellow BBC football pundit and ex Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer in a 57 hour five-a-side game for sport relief.

This year Savage and eight celebrities will play five-a-side football for 12 hours straight. They will be competing against 36 different teams from the FA people’s cup.

Early signings for Savage’s team include Olympic gold medalist Sam Quek, and Sky Sports broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher. But more stars are expected…

Savage told the BBC: “Twelve hours of football is no easy feat, but for such a great cause it’ll be worth it. I have a fantastic team behind me and I just hope members of the public come down, give us a cheer and support us.”

Members of the public are encouraged to go to MediaCityUK and show their support for a great cause.

For more information on how to get involved with this year’s Sport Relief campaign and the events taking place throughout the week, download the Sport Relief App for free or go to

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