Members of the GCP team to support the November Challenge for Prostate Cancer UK!


Several members of the GCP team will be joining backroom staff from football clubs from across the UK and internationally to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK this November.

3 years ago Stephen Gilpin & Ross Burbeary from the team at Rotherham United started a challenge to raise money and awareness for Prostate Cancer. Over recent years they have raised just over £80K and have over 20 other back-room teams from clubs across the world now taking part in the challenge each November.

The challenge involves either running (outdoor or treadmill) 10k or cycling (Watt Bike or road bike) 25K every day in November. This year they have also added in the option to also complete the challenge by running 5K/bike 15K or run 3K/bike 7K so that more people can get involved of all levels of fitness. More and more clubs and staff are signing up each year and this year looks to be the biggest to date with over 80 participants signed up so far!

GCP Managing Director Jake Keeling said “I’ve been watching the last couple of years on social media and thinking for a few months now how both myself and GCP could support this year. My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer a couple of years ago and had his prostate removed last year. The procedure went well and he made a great recovery from the surgery. However, his PSA count has gone up slightly over recent months and he is has recently completed 33 days of radiotherapy at Derby Royal Hospital and has recently just had the all clear which is brilliant news. With this in mind, from a personal perspective I wanted to raise some money for Prostate Cancer UK. Secondly, I’d like to help build what the guys at Rotherham started several years ago as I think it’s a brilliant physical challenge to complete. Thirdly, I am always keen to meet up with back-room staff from clubs whenever possible as we work with over 65 clubs via the work we do at St George’s Park with the PFA. It’s amazing that other members of the GCP team are taking part in the challenge to help raise funds and awareness. I am also planning to also visit several of the back-room teams taking part in the challenge across the month which should be brilliant and possibly tiring having seen the speed that some of these staff run/cycle!”

If you would like to take part in the challenge, join the participants Strava group, follow the various social media pages or donate funds to support the GCP team taking part then more information below.