About Football Extravaganza
Since its inaugural event in 1996, the Football Extravaganza has enjoyed huge support from the football and music industry. By its 15th Anniversary in 2010, this magnificent event had raised over £5million for Nordoff Robbins.
The idea for the event came about via a dinner held at Enfield Town Football Club in 1994. The dinner was held in the Starlight Rooms at the ground, and was to raise funds for the clubs’ floodlights. Four Executives of HMV were invited to attend the dinner by Sports Promoter Les Gold. The four (Brian McLaughlin, Steve Knott, Glen Ward and Jim Peal) were so impressed with the concept that they decided to form a Committee and develop ideas for a fund raising event bringing the Football and Music industry’s together. They decided to call themselves the Starlight Committee!
Having decided that there was room for such an event, on the advice of Gary Farrow Director of Communications at Sony Music, Brian approached Richard Keys and Geoff Shreeves at Sky Sports and, to cut a long story short, the Football Extravaganza was born.
Nowadays, the reputation and stature of the Football Extravaganza is remarkable, with many Premier League managers and players referring to it as the best football evening of the season, which is why the turn-out from the dug-out remains so high. The event itself is an exclusive night, hosted by Richard Keys and featuring a renowned award in recognition of outstanding achievement to football. The event is heavily supported by both the Football and Music industries, with all profits going to Nordoff Robbins.
Since the event started in 1996, the Football Extravaganza has raised over £6 million for Nordoff Robbins. The Football Extravaganza has helped towards achieving Nordoff Robbins mission to bring music’s transforming power to as many people as possible who are in need. But there is still a long way to go and there are many thousands of vulnerable people out there who could benefit from their services.