King full of praise for ‘Cycle on You Spurs’ team

Spurs supporters and former goalkeeper Pat Jennings outside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in July ah

Spurs supporters and former goalkeeper Pat Jennings outside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in July ahead of Prostate Cancer UK's 'March for Men' event (pic: Jeremy Banks). - Credit: Archant

Members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have helped raise £75,000 for Prostate Cancer UK over the last three years

Ledley King has talked up the importance of increasing the awareness of prostate cancer and praised the work of Spurs fans for raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.

‘Cycle On You Spurs’ – a cycling team made up of members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust – have raised over £75,000 for Prostate Cancer UK by cycling from London to Amsterdam three years in a row.

The ‘Football to Amsterdam’ cycle ride sees football fans put rivalries to one side to cycle 145 miles from West Ham United’s London Stadium to Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena.

‘Cycle On You Spurs’ will once again be joining forces to take part in next year’s ride, which takes place between June 7 and June 9 2019.

Registration for the event is now open and places are still available on the Tottenham team.

Former captain King told Prostate Cancer UK: “I know prostate cancer affects a lot of people, a lot of men, so it’s important we get information out and learn as much as possible.

“Something I’ve always known is just how great our fan base are and it’s great they’ve got together and are able to do something for such a good cause.

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“I’m sure it’s not just the Spurs fans, I’m sure there’s plenty of other fans around UK and around the world who can all get involved and do this. The more people that we can get involved in this the better.”

King continued: “Football is such a powerful sport and the more we can get together and do something good for the cause of something else through football is great.

“It is great the (‘Cycle on You Spurs’) guys have been able to raise so much through football.”

Prostate cancer kills one man every 45 minutes and during 2018, it became the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, which is why Prostate Cancer UK continue to do so much to raise awareness of the disease and appreciate the efforts of fans like those from Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust.

“I probably speak on behalf of a lot of men. We often hear a lot about prostate cancer but don’t know much about it, so it’s good me being here and finding out a bit more,” King said, after joining members of the ‘Cycle On You Spurs’ team in handing over a cheque of £75,000 to Prostate Cancer UK.

“I found out the scary stat that a man every 45 minutes dies from prostate cancer. That’s a scary, scary statistic.

“If you are judging that over a course of a football match you lose two men. That’s a startling statistic that I heard.

“And also me being a black guy, hearing one in four black guys are affected by this as well. Everything I heard has resonated with me and will hopefully resonate with a lot of other men and we can help to do something about it.”

To find out more about Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Football to Amsterdam’ cycle in 2019, click here.