Back the Birmingham bid

By on 19/09/2009 in News, Video News

Hot on the heels of last week's multi-team, star-studded kick-off for Birmingham's bid to be a host city in the World Cup 2018, comes the launch of the bid's official website featuring a new interactive element, 'One Kick For Birmingham', aimed at encouraging the public to put their best feet forward in support of the bid.
From Jasper Carrott, Steve Bull, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Brendan Batson to the Iron Man, Matthew Boulton, Queen Victoria and the 'Floozie in the Jacuzzi', Birmingham's greatest footballing legends, celebrities and monuments feature in a short football film in which the public are invited to participate.
By kicking a ball in their back garden, on the pitch, in a pub car park or school playground and filming it on a video camera or mobile phone, people can add their own fancy footwork and hotshots to the website where they will be streamed continuously to create a never-ending chain of kicks in support of Birmingham's bid.
Birmingham City Council's Head of Sport, Steve Town, who is coordinating Birmingham's Bid said: “We've had tremendous support from the management and players of all the city's football teams as well as well- known faces who love football and who want to see Birmingham chosen by the FA as a host city for the World Cup 2018. We hope that the public will join them in pledging their support by visiting the official website, and voting for Birmingham as well as joining the One Kick For Birmingham campaign.
“It doesn't matter how old you are, whether you have two left feet or even four feet - everyone's welcome to kick or head a ball in support of the bid.”
Sports presenter Gary Newbon who features in the One Kick For Birmingham film said: “Birmingham would be the ideal venue for one of the centres of the world cup if it comes to England. They're football mad here. The football clubs always get well supported. They've got a tremendous history. They'd certainly turn out for the group matches and be thrilled that the world cup comes here so I for one really hope that Birmingham is picked as a centre for the World Cup.”
And footballing legend Andy Townsend , urged the public to vote, saying: “I sincerely hope that you can get behind Birmingham's bid to be one of the focal cities of the 2018 world cup. I think it deserves it. The stadiums are here. We've got all the infrastructure. We've got everything you could possibly need to be part of the 2018 bid. Make sure we're there!”
People can also show their support through a number of social media sites including:
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Notes to Editors
An MP4 version of the One Kick For Birmingham film is emailable on request.
As one of sixteen cities vying to be selected as a host city for the official England World Cup 2018 Bid  ( Birmingham has until 6th November 2009 to submit an official bid to the FA outlining its facilities and plans for the World Cup.  Votes from members of the public will count towards the city's chances of being selected, so the public are being encouraged to register their vote.
The official FA England Bid team were in the city last week (Wednesday 9th September) to carry out site inspections and assess key elements of the bid like transport, security, medical facilities as well as Villa Park, the NEC and key hotels. 
Birmingham’s bid is built on a strong partnership with Aston Villa FC, using Villa Park as the stadium venue and the city’s other Football Clubs – Blues and West Bromwich Albion – providing training grounds and camps. There would also be four team base camps in the region where National teams would stay for the duration of the tournament. The NEC would become the site of a National Fan Park and there would be another Local Fan Park at Cannon Hill Park.  The city's iconic buildings and venues would also be used for other major elements of the competition such as the official Tournament Draw and there would be a host of 'live' sites from to watch matches, whilst the city would be festooned with banners, flags and posters to welcome the national teams and visitors.
The FA will announce which 11 English cities will go forward as part of the official England 2018 bid by December 2009.  England's Bid to FIFA will then be submitted by May 2010 and after the World Cup in South Africa, FIFA will announce the 2018 Host Nation by December 2010.
The Bid has been coordinated through a Team Birmingham approach, with key partners working closely together to raise the profile of the city's bid. These include Marketing Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, the city's three main football clubs and the NEC who have all come together to spearhead the campaign and encourage people to pledge their support.
Participants of the One Kick campaign are Gabriel Agbonlahor, current Aston Villa footballer, Alex McLeish current Manager of Birmingham City,  Chris Brunt (current West Bromwich footballer), Scott Carson, current West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper, Chrissy Torkildsen and Milly Durant, current Birmingham City Ladies footballers,  Simon Cox, current West Bromwich footballer, Brad Friedel, current Aston Villa goalkeeper, Sebastian Larsson,  current Birmingham City footballer, Craig Gardner, current Aston Villa footballer, Robert Koren, current West Bromwich footballer, Natalie Gibson and Carly Davies, Aston Villa Ladies footballers, Joe Hart, current Birmingham City goalkeeper, Graham Taylor, former Aston Villa Manager, Gary Newbon, sports reporter and TV presenter, Steve Froggatt, former Aston Villa footballer, Brendon Baston, former Bromwich Albion footballer, Steve Bull, former Wolverhampton Wanderers footballer, Ian Taylor, former Aston Villa footballer, Andy Townsend, former Aston-Villa footballer and now a football pundit,  Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Michael Wilkes, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Vivienne Wilkes, Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, Jasper Carrott, the comedian, Phil Etheridge, lead singer from Birmingham-based indie band the Twang, Kate Lawler Kerrang! radio presenter, Colin Buchanan, actor from Dalziel and Pascoe,  Soweto Kinch Saxophonist and rapper, drummer Bev Bevan,  Jonny Gould football blogger
Media enquiries: Roulla Xenides, S&X  T 0121 604 6366

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