Geoff has now teamed-up with Power League to give 5-a-side footballers the chance, not only to be crowned the best in the country, but to prove they have what it takes to play the pros off the park!
The former midfielder, who won nine caps for his country, is challenging teams to launch their own bid for glory by selecting a squad of eight and signing up to play in the Geoff Thomas National Cup.
The tournament is being held to raise money for the Geoff Thomas Foundation, now part of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Geoff says: “Playing football at the highest level was tough, but nothing compared to my battle with leukaemia. The bravery of patients has inspired me to do everything I can to beat blood cancers, but I can’t do it alone. Get a team together and sign up for the Geoff Thomas National Cup. I need you on my side.”
Kicking-off in October, sides will battle it out in regional heats across the UK to earn a place in the Grand Final in Birmingham on 21 November, and the right to test themselves against a team of football legends captained by Geoff. As well as a shot at the title, finalists will be in with a chance of winning the sensational prize of a Wembley Experience, including five-star hotel accommodation, a tour of the home of English football and eight match tickets.
On the pitch Geoff expects the ball to do the talking. Off it, he’s urging captains to lead their teams to raise as much money as they can to beat blood cancers, by gathering the squad for a Pro Evo tournament, holding a quiz night, or attempting Soccer AM’s infamous Cross Bar Challenge.
To reward their hard-yards, the top fundraising team will be automatically qualify for finals day, while the captain will receive two tickets to the PFA awards dinner and signed shirts from the winners – a prize money can’t buy! All teams who raise more than £100 will be entered into a draw to win a complete set of Nike kit for the whole squad.
Teams who think they’ve got what it takes to go all the way can sign up for the Geoff Thomas Cup at their local Power League Centre, by calling 0141 847 5583 or visiting www.powerleague.co.uk/geoff-thomas
Entry costs just £28 per team - consisting of a squad of eight players aged 16 or over. The deadline for entries is one hour before the kick-off time of the relevant regional heat. For more information visit: www.poweleague.co.uk/geoff-thomas