This Transfer Window Season, eBay UK is giving football fans across the country the chance of a lifetime to sign football legends Roberto Carlos and Eni Aluko to their Sunday League teams for one unforgettable match.
The Dream Transfer means that anyone from a humble Sunday League teamcan throw their hat in the ring to sign a legend off eBay for only £5 - the price of a pint - all to support Football Beyond Borders, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people in the community.
Carlos and Aluko will each join one winning Sunday League team at the end of the Transfer Window, and could play in any part of the country - from Devon to Dundee. Everyone’s favourite midfielder Chris Kamara will also be bringing his iconic commentary along to host the matches in February.
Enter for the chance to play with Roberto Carlos here, and Eni Aluko here. Anyone associated with a Sunday League team can enter, so it’s time to get parents, partners, friends and family involved for the chance to get some Transfer Window glory in local home towns.
Roberto Carlos says: “I’ve been back in training for weeks to get match fit for the eBay Dream Transfer, and I’m a little nervous about my first game after a 6-year break! I can’t wait to meet the team I end up playing with though, and of course size up the team we’ll be playing against.”
Eni Aluko says: “I’m passionate about football being a game for everyone, which is why this opportunity means a lot to me. Dream Transfer means anybody can get involved in the Transfer Window and get stuck into the action. Let the drama unfold! I’m looking forward to playing with a new team - whoever and wherever they might be.”
Rob Hattrell, Head of eBay Europe says: “At eBay, we’re all about bringing communities together for things they are passionate about. There is no collective bigger passion than football in the UK which is why we are bringing footballers on to eBay for the first time this Transfer Season. It is such a special moment, and we’re excited to see where Carlos and Aluko end up taking their Sunday League skills. Most importantly, we’re thrilled to have Football Beyond Borders at the heart of all the fun, with each entry meaning another fiver towards supporting young people to reach their full potential through sport.”
Entries are open now and will close on Friday 28th January. The winning teams will be announced on Monday 31st January in line with Deadline Day.
Founded in 2013, Football Beyond Borders was set up to change the lives of young people who may be passionate about football but not fulfilling their potential at school and more than 2000 young people have already benefited from its programmes.
Matt Pywowar, Head of Fundraising at Football Beyond Borders says: “We’re so happy to partner with eBay for Charity on Dream Transfer to raise important funds to support young people across the UK. Football unites us on every level and enables us to be there for the community in many different ways, helping to drive a more equal and inclusive society in which everyone has the opportunity to develop the skills to succeed in education, work and public life.”
Chris Kamara says: “Bringing these retired legends back is going to be a real occasion, raising funds for a great cause - Football Beyond Borders. We want to raise as much as we can to support kids across the UK that all share a love of the great game, so get going on eBay as you really don’t want to miss out! With Carlos’ pace and Aluko’s striking skills we’re in for some cracking football and I can’t wait to see these Dream Transfers take place.“
eBay was the first online marketplace. Today, it’s a household name. A regular feature in lists of best loved brands, it connects millions of buyers and sellers, helping customers to find the item they’re looking for from its 1.7 billion listings. With 185 million buyers in 190 markets, trade is fast. In the UK, eBay serves 29m Brits a month.
eBay for Charity harnesses the power of eBay’s community to raise money for charitable organisations. Through the programme charities can sell items to boost their fundraising, sellers can donate a percentage of their proceeds to a charity of their choice, while buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. To date, eBay’s community has raised £199 million for UK charities.
In 2020, eBay UK partnered with #PlayersTogether to raise £1M through the #ShirtsForHeroes charity raffle for NHS Charities Together. As the biggest raffle in the history of football, 7 tickets were sold every single minute. Following the success of this activation, #PlayersTogether and eBay came together once again to raffle match worn Black Lives Matter shirts for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, under the banner of #ShirtsForChange.
About Football Beyond Borders
Football Beyond Borders (FBB) is an education charity, which uses football as a tool for engagement to tackle the root causes of low educational attainment, poor school attendance and challenging behaviour. FBB works with more than 1,000 Key Stage 3 students each week in partnership with 45 secondary schools across London, Essex and Greater Manchester. They use the power of football to enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood. Their model provides long term intensive support built around positive relationships and young people’s passions, in the classroom and beyond.