WHEN PELE CAME TO CARDIFF…
Pele stars at the Vale Sports Arena on Champions League Final weekend
Brazilian legend Pelé was the star attraction at the Vale Sports Arena on 2nd June 2017 supporting PG10.
Pelé who scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, winning the World Cup on 3 occasions for Brazil he is the all-time leading goalscorer for Brazil with 77 goals in 91 games and is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time.
The event that took place the same weekend as the UEFA Champions League Final saw the Brazilian legend meet PG10 junior players as well as guests from across the world.
World recognised freestylers and world record holders performed during the evening as well as Samba Brazilian dancers.
Also in attendance was close friend of PG10 Wales legend, Neville Southall, and for the first time since the 1958 World Cup Wales international Cliff Jones and Pelé were brought together. Rock band Super Furry Animals also attended.
The Vale Sports Arena has had the support of huge footballers and sports stars such as such as Gazza, Jamie Carragher, Grame Souness, Joe Calzaghe, Didi Hamann, Frank Bruno, Robbie Fowler, Jason Mccater, Glen Hoddle, Andy Cole, Ricky Hatton, Paul Merson throughout the year.
Peter Griffiths of the Vale Sports Arena said “Our sole aim for the evening was to bring the community together and ensure the next generation also had an opportunity to meet this true living legend.
I am proud to have provided the opportunity for so many people to have had the opportunity to meet Pele and have their photograph taken. But l am especially proud that so many children also met him as l know Pele was also; as he tweeted a photo of it!
I am proud my close friend Neville Southall and his family had a wonderful night and l brought together Wales legend Cliff Jones and Pele together for the first time since 1958 World Cup.
While other areas charged in the region of £3,000 to £10,000 a table plus VAT to meet Pelé, we charged £35 (cheapest) £200 (dearest) a ticket; l am also proud to have given the community the opportunity to meet Pele at an affordable price.
I also gave FREE tickets to community legends who do wonderful things in the community for others. Plus provided for FREE for all the amazing PG10 kids to go on stage and meet the legend Pele. All my players mean the world to me!
Can l thank all guests for agreeing to the strict security measures of searches etc. As you know the UK is on red alert for terrorism.
The support of South Wales Police, the special anti terrorism unit ,plus Pele Security team…l also cannot thank enough in assisting me with the security measures.
Can l also thank the army of volunteers marketing team family and friends on the evening who assisted with guests?”
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