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Howey helps to launch first charity fantasy football league with St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Monday, 25th June 2018

Howey helps to launch first charity fantasy football league with St Oswald's

Fans of the beautiful game can create their dream football team whilst supporting the work of a leading North East charity.

St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle has become the first charity in the UK to form its own fantasy football league.

Not only can teams win a variety of cash prizes – including a £1,000 jackpot – but, by playing, they will be supporting the vital work that the hospice provides.

Former England defender Steve Howey was also on hand to kick the scheme off.

Fantasy football allows footie fans to choose and manage an online team of premier league footballers, earning points for how well they play in real matches throughout the season.

The team with the most points at the end of the season wins the jackpot, with prizes for the best manager and team name also up for grabs.

To take part, individuals, or groups of friends of colleagues must download the Premier League free app or use the Premier League Fantasy website.

They can then create their own team, pick a name and squad, and sign up to pay their £10 subs to St Oswald's by visiting the Charity Fantasy Football website.

Steve Howey, who made 300 appearances at club level for Newcastle United, Man City, Leicester, Bolton and Hartlepool, said: 'When it comes to football, all of us are armchair experts.

'Especially now with the World Cup, football will be the main topic of conversation in offices up and down the country.

'By signing up to the St Oswald's Hospice league, fans can not only compile their own dream teams but they can also support a really worthwhile cause at the same time.'

The Hospice provides care and support to people of all ages with life-limiting conditions in the North East.

Anita Ball, Director of Income and Marketing at the charity, said: 'We are hugely dependent on public support and the fantasy football subs will make a vast difference to us and the people we care for.

'More than 33 million people play fantasy football worldwide every year and we hope as many teams as possible will sign up to play in our league.

'It'll be great fun, and unlike most leagues, we are offering lots of spot prizes throughout the season – but teams must get a move on because they have to sign up before the start of the new football season on 11th August.'