Star names set for Grass Roots Football Show

11/05 Updated: 11/05 12:33

THE Grass Roots Football Show returns to the NEC on May 25 to 27.

A host of big names in the world of football have been lined up to appear at what is Britain's premier football show.

The show will be the prelude to a busy summer of football with the European Championships due to kick off in June.

Confirmed to appear at the show this year so far is former Hull City and Preston manager Phil Brown.

As well as leading Hull to the Premier League via a Championship playoff, Brown also made over 650 appearances during his playing career in the Football League.

And throughout the three days of wall to wall football action Brown will be taking coaching master classes and seminars for everyone involved in grass roots football.

World Cup winner Gordon Banks OBE will be making a special appearance this year.

The former Leicester and Stoke City star, who is widely acclaimed as England’s greatest ever goalkeeper, will be presenting prizes to the winners of the Football League’s Every Player Counts Awards, which is supported by The Football Pools.

Event ambassador Robbie Savage will also be among the former pros appearing.

The tenacious midfielder captained Wales and has made over 600 appearances for Derby County, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Leicester City, Crewe Alexandra and Brighton and Hove Albion and is currently in the top 50 most capped Premier League players of all time.

Famous for his no nonsense approach on the field, Robbie has started to transfer these skills off the pitch and is quickly becoming one of Britain's favourite media pundits on BBC Radio 5 Live’s iconic 606 show and Match of the Day and ESPN.

As well as former players and current coaches, there will be people from the football media including Sky Sports presenter Vicky Gomersall.

Over the three days there will also be coaching demonstrations with high profile professional managers and A-licence coaches, interactive sessions showcasing Vauxhall's youth partnership with The FA, and Q and A sessions and seminars delivered by high profile professional managers, coaches and experts in the football world.

There will also be Football League Community Coaching Arena, The Interactive Area and Billy Wingrove Soccer Hub while over 70 specialist suppliers with every product and service a grass roots league, club and team could need.

Show director Joanna Burns said: "The Grass Roots Football Show has established itself as the undisputed number one football show in the UK.

"The passion and appetite for this event is plain to see with around 11,000 people attending over the three days of the show in 2011 and we are working hard to keep moving grass roots football forward."

For more information about The Grass Roots Football Show go to www.grassrootsfootball.co.uk, become a fan at www.facebook.com/grassrootsfootballshow or follow the show on twitter http://twitter.com/grfootball.

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