7 August 2014
The Supporters Club documentary explores role of sport in dealing with cancer
Supporters United airs Thursday 7 August, 6.30pm on BT Sport 1, and will be available online after airing
Today sees the premiere of our new Supporters Club documentary, Supporters United, a film which explores the role of sport in dealing with cancer. In the film, we follow former Celtic and Everton defender Alan Stubbs as he recounts his battle with the disease – revisiting Glasgow, where he was first diagnosed.
Supporters United also touches on Celtic FC’s own particular history with cancer and how sport can be a force for good in the most difficult of circumstances, with former players Stilian Petrov, John Hartson and Alan Stubbs all having been affected by cancer. The film features former players and the current Celtic FC chief executive talking candidly about how the club’s community rally around those facing cancer.
The Supporters Club recently announced a major grant to CLIC Sargent, which will enable the charity to employ a young people’s community worker to support around 100 young people with cancer, and to provide a substantial funding pot for young people with cancer to access sports opportunities. Sport opportunities which, as this film shows, are vital to help teenagers such as Caillan and Nicole, regain body confidence, and to aid with the physical and emotional problems caused by cancer.
In its first year, The Supporters Club has raised over £2.5 million thanks to BT Sport customers. This has so far been used to fund 18 sport-inspired community projects – ten in the UK and eight overseas, with over 82,000 people now signed up to the initiative. You can join The Supporters Club by adding £1, £3, or £5 to your monthly BT Sport bill. If you’d like to join us, click here.
The Supporters Club is BT’s charitable initiative which aims to use the power of sport to unite and engage people to help improve hundreds of millions of lives globally