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Forget Black Friday, this is Orange Friday!

Friday 2 December brings you the biggest sale since, well, Black Friday.

You and your mates can join Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher, Simon Grayson and Viv Anderson on the biggest ride in football AND if you sign up before midnight on 2 December with the code ORANGE25 you’ll get £25 off your registration, plus one of Terry’s very own chocolate oranges.

2017: Join the biggest ride in football

Football to Amsterdam is the biggest ride - and the biggest party - in football, taking place on 9-11 June 2017.

Backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association, it's an event football fans can't ignore.

Join Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher and Simon Grayson on Football to Amsterdam 2017.

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  • Choose from London or Yorkshire start locations
  • Get together with your mates and head to Amsterdam for £149
  • Challenge yourself to 145 miles of cycling over two days
  • Enjoy a night out in Dam Square with your fellow comrades
  • Help Men United raise over £500,000 while enjoying an epic weekend
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  • Les Ferdinand

    Les Ferdinand

    QPR

    QPR's Head of Football is cycling to Amsterdam

    “I’ll admit prostate cancer wasn’t on my radar a decade ago; I knew nothing about it at all. Now I do. I lost my grandfather to prostate cancer and it’s also affected other members of my family too. I’ll be 50 in December, and need to set an example to my family and my peers, so I go and see my doctor every year without fail.”

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Terry Butcher

    Ipswich Town

    Join former England captain Butcher for a beer in Amsterdam

    Terry Butcher will be joining the peleton for the third time in 2017. Join the ride and find out why he doesn't know what Maradona looks like, about "that game in 1990", and his thoughts on modern football.

    Find out why Terry and the Ipswich Town team have already taken the piss in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Simon Grayson

    Preston North End

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    Simon Grayson

    Preston North End

    PNE's manager signs up for his second Football to Amsterdam experience

    “I am delighted to support Prostate Cancer UK, a charity which is very close to my heart and I’m looking forward to joining the ride for a second time in honour of my late friend Steve Garbett.

    “’Garby’ was a really close pal, who followed my career as a player and latterly as a manager and was always there to offer me support and advice.  He was there for the good and the bad before sadly passing away two years ago.

    “His brave ten-year fight opened my eyes about the dangers of this disease and I’m proud to wear my Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge on the touchline every game to raise awareness. That man represents you, me and everyone affected by this disease.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Simon Milton

    Ipswich Town

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    Simon Milton

    Ipswich Town

    Team ITFC have raised over £150,000 on the biggest ride in football

    In 2014, former Premier League player Simon Milton organised a 20-strong Ipswich Town FC team to cycle to Amsterdam, vowing to bring 50 with him the following year. He didn't. He brought a team of 70, and a further 40 the year after.

    #TeamITFC has now raised over £150,000 to fund cutting edge research to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. They also raise money to fund the future of Ipswich Town FC via their academy. Positivity is what gets this guy on the team sheet, borne out by the Football for Good Award he won for his efforts with the club's cycling team.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Phill Coates

    St Albans City FC

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    Phill Coates

    St Albans City FC

    Club mascot flies the flag for Prostate Cancer UK in non-league football

    Prostate cancer survivor Phill Coates, together with St Albans City owner Lawrence Levy, flies our flag for non-league football, and they're both looking to make a number of big signings to bolster the non-league presence joining Football to Amsterdam. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in August 2014, Phill wanted to give something back following the support he received from our Specialist Nurses.

    Having walked four days of Jeff Stelling's Men United March and cycled to Amsterdam twice, Phill is now reaching out to the wider non-league football community to get more teams involved.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Martyn Coombes

    AFC Sunderland

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    Martyn Coombes

    AFC Sunderland

    Martyn is leading the charge for Team Garby

    Huge Sunderland fan Martyn Coombes is an integral part of the Bedale-based Team Garby. Backed by Preston North End manager Simon Grayson, the team have already raised over £60,000 in what will be their third year of raising money in memory of Steve Garbett – one of Simon’s and Martyn's best mates. Joined on the ride by Steve's son Dave, Martyn is spearheading the charge to break through the £100,000 mark.

    We're quite confident that the team will hit their target with Martyn at the helm. He's already collected money at a friend's wedding and received donations rather than presents for his 60th birthday to start the ball rolling ahead of a series of planned events in Leeds and Bedale. Find out more about why Simon, Martyn and the rest of Team Garby support Prostate Cancer UK.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Peter Mulqueeney

    Wigan Athletic

    Latics2Amsterdam are on fire with £20k raised so far

    Having joined Football to Amsterdam with a mate in 2015, he was back with a team of Latics fans in 2016 raising over £20,000. For the coming season, Latics2Amsterdam will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK as part of an official charity partnership with Wigan Athletic, where the Latics will be once again backing their supporters.

    Pete and his team will be on fire by the time they reach the starting line in Barnsley in 2017, as they plan to kick off in Southport before popping by the DW stadium on their way to Oakwell next June.

    Find out what Peter and the team are up to for 2017
  • Kevin Fitzgerald

    Tottenham Hotspur

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    Kevin Fitzgerald

    Tottenham Hotspur

    #COYS! Spurs board member leads tour of London's football clubs

    A board member at the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, Kevin attended our evening with Martin Jol before deciding to recruit a sizeable Spurs contingent in 2016. The team vied for top spot in the leaderboard on the ride, much like their on-the-pitch compatriots.

    A super-keen cyclist, Kevin is leading a 100-mile London football club ride to promote the 2017 variant of Football to Amsterdam this September.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!

Terry Butcher's guide to the biggest and best ride in football

I've taken part in this ride for the last two years and the camaraderie and team spirit is simply fantastic. If you're going to do one charity event a year, then this is the one to do. Here's my guide to Football to Amsterdam 2017:

1: Get signed up early

As well as getting your fundraising started early, signing up gives lots of benefits. And this year (hot off the press) the Yorkshire early birds can choose a later flight back, and the London early birds will have first choice on their Eurostar return time. Be warned though, the fun doesn’t stop at the finishing line in Amsterdam – the journey back to the UK is another adventure!

Terry with beer

2: Choose the right bike

If you don't have a bike, don't worry. While you can spend silly money these days, you can get a decent road bike for £250. The right bike is the key. If you are part of a team, try approaching your local bike shop to see if they will do you a deal or sponsor you with a bike. Two years ago I used an old bike and painfully regretted it. Last year, I really benefited from having the correct equipment and enjoyed the event far more than the first time.

3: Representing your club

Last year we had riders from over 60 football clubs across the Premier League, EFL and Non League. Let us know if you want to ride for your club, whether that's Arsenal or Accrington Stanley. Prostate Cancer doesn’t choose its victims: that’s why we are all Men United.

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4: Hitting your target

We have a great time on this ride, but it's a much better experience going into the event having hit your fundraising target. Once registered, set up an online fundraising page (linked to your team and event) and keep an eye out for lots of ideas about how to smash your target. It's not difficult to raise money with a bit of planning and realistic expectations. Just sending an email to your family and friends might help but you need to do a little bit more than that these days. The more you raise the more help that money can buy.

5: Getting fit

Signing up early also means you have to start training early. You don't need to be Bradley Wiggins for this event but doing a regular 20-30 miles in the build up to the ride will help. You will never cycle more than 25 miles between rest stops and that’s good to remember when fatigue begins to set in. If you're part of a team it's great fun getting out for training rides (and easier too), especially when finishing with a pint or two at the end.
 

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6: Stand out from the crowd

More and more teams are starting to produce cycling kit in their club colours. Jurgen Klopp helped out the Liverpool team this year, combining the Liver Bird with Prostate Cancer UK's logo. And my team, Ipswich Town, always have a special Tractor Boys kit.

7: Tell your story

Cycling 145 miles is no mean feat. And you probably have a really good story as to why you are doing it. Maybe you have a personal connection to the cause, you’ve got a ridiculous fundraising idea or you propose to create the biggest team on the ride. Creating a buzz around your event can encourage more riders, more sponsorship and more fun.

8: The ride itself

If you've done most of the above it'll be a breeze, and you'll have plenty of time to make friends, take in the sights and reflect on what you are achieving. Proper preparation promotes perfect pint participation!

9: Your budget

The good news is that you don't need much on the ride. Transport, accommodation and food are all covered when you arrive on the Friday until you're dropped off back at your start location on the Sunday. All you need to worry about is your beer money.

10: Enjoying it

You get out what you put in. It’s a cliché but it’s true. Build a team, get club colours on your cycling kit, organise training rides and fundraising events. Whatever you do make sure you enjoy it alland make this bike ride your biggest accomplishment in 2017. Crossing the finishing line at the Amsterdam Arena was one of the highlights of my life, and my F2A medals proudly lie alongside all my other major football honours.

See you on the starting line!

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Frequently asked questions

  • What's included?  

    We'll look after you and your bike throughout the event, from the moment you arrive on Friday morning at the start to the moment you say farewell on the Sunday. The support we provide includes:

    • Two nights accommodation
    • All meals from Friday lunchtime through to Sunday morning
    • Return Eurostar / flight and coach transfers back to the start point as well as bike transfers
    • Fully signed route, with feed stations, mechanical and medical support
    • Your own Men United cycle jersey
    • Professional rider numbers to wear and keep, confirming your unique entry
  • What about the ride itself?  

    How tough is the cycle?

    As long as you put in the training you’ll be fine. The ride is relatively flat, especially the second day once we get to Holland. Many of our 2016 riders started cycling again for the first time since their childhood and successfully completed the ride. If you are concerned about its difficulty, give Jon or Andy from the Sporting Events team a call on 0203 310 7034. They both completed last year's event, and can tell you want to expect in 2017.

    How fast will I have to cycle?

    You'll need to cycle at a minimum speed of 10 mph to successfully complete the event. Riders will begin cycling each day at approximately 9am, and have until 6pm to complete the days leg.

    What support will I get to help me prepare?

    We work alongside renowned coaching company RunningWithUs to provide you with expert training plans and advice on a wide range of topics from getting started, ride kit, bike handling, group riding, strength and conditioning, nutrition and more. You'll also be able to speak to the coaches at RunningWithUs throughout your training to ensure you are fully fit on ride day.

    What type of bike will I need?

    We recommend using a road bike to help with speed, style and efficiency.

  • How many people are taking part?  

    We are aiming to recruit 500 riders to the event and raise over £500,000 to help beat prostate cancer.

  • How old do I need to be?  

    You must be 18 or over to take part.

  • What do I need to sign up?  

    Once registration is open, you'll need to pay the £149 non-refundable registration fee to confirm your place. When booking your place you'll need to have your passport details to hand. There are two options:

    Option 1: Minimum sponsorship

    Pay a £149 non-refundable registration fee and then pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship (excluding Gift Aid).

    Option 2: Self-funder

    Pay a £149 non-refundable registration fee and then pay a further £466 (for London to Amsterdam) or £546 (for Yorkshire to Amsterdam) by 7 April to cover your full event costs. We'd then ask you to raise as much as you can with a recommended minimum of £250.

  • What happens after I sign up?  

    You'll get a call from someone in the Sporting Events team to welcome you on board, followed by an email to confirm your place, together with a pack in the post which includes your Men United jersey to wear with pride throughout your preparations.

  • How can I meet others taking part?  

    Once you sign up, we'll invite you to the event's Facebook group so that you can say hello to the other riders taking part and share your preparations with everyone.

  • Where does the event start?  

    The event begins on Friday morning, either in London at the Velodrome or in Yorkshire at Barnsley Football Club

  • Can I bring my family and friends along with me?  

    We can provide you with all the travel and accommodation details so your family and friends can make their own plans to see you during the event.

  • Can I extend my stay after the event?  

    Yes, you can. Please just let us know in advance and ensure you keep hold of your bike or arrange for someone to collect it once back in the UK.

  • I'd like to ask something else  

    Contact the Sporting events team online or give them a call on 0203 310 7034.

     

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