Jake Bugg kick-starts Football Rocks charity for schools

Jake Bugg kick-starts Football Rocks charity for schools

Fast-rising UK singer-songwriter Jake Bugg has turned to football in the name of a charity he feels very passionate about.

On 16 May, he will be part of 10 football teams playing in the inaugural Football Rocks tournament. Proceeds from the tickets will be used to buy musical instruments for kids at financially strapped schools via his own charity organisation, the Robin Hoody Foundation.

The game is taking place at Meadow Lane Stadium, home to professional football club Notts County in the East Midlands city of Nottingham, Bugg’s hometown. He has been a Notts County supporter since childhood.

Now, he and members from 16 bands will form 10 teams to compete for the Football Rocks trophy. Among the acts kicking the ball will be Sheffield indie rock band Reverend And The Makers; Saint Raymond (real name Callum Burrows), another Nottingham singer-songwriter currently preparing for his debut album; and Coventry-originated rockers The Enemy.

“Growing up watching Notts County play at Meadow Lane with my Grandad, I can’t wait to play there with my mates in front of a good crowd and raise some money for such great causes,” Bugg says. “The team are organising a really great day and the atmosphere will be brilliant for all ages with plenty of surprise visits during the day, everyone’s being so generous with their time.”

He is currently working on his third album following the eponymous debut in 2012 and the follow-up Shangri La in 2013. Q Awards named him Best New Act in 2013, while he picked up the gong for Best Solo Act at the NME Awards this year.

For more information about the tournament, visit the Notts County website.

[Juliana Koranteng]