Brendan Cole swaps boogying for the beautiful game
EX-STRICTLY star Brendan Cole has announced he’s swapping boogying for the beautiful game when he channel hops over to ITV’s Soccer Aid.
The outspoken professional dancer may have got his marching orders from the BBC dance show — which made the ‘editorial decision’ not to renew his contract after 13 years on the show — but he says he’s only too happy to be shucking off his dancing shoes and donning footy boots instead.
‘As soon as the curtain fell on my Strictly career, I knew my next move had to be Soccer Aid for Unicef,’ he said.
‘For years, I have been a massive fan of the match and have always watched the game in between performances.
‘To be able to finally announce that I will be swapping my dancing shoes for football boots this summer feels incredible.
‘What’s bigger than the nation’s love of dancing? The nation’s love of the beautiful game, of course.’
And in a characteristically confident style Brendan added: ‘I’m aiming for 10s across the board.’
He’ll have his work cut out as he joins former professionals Clarence Seedorf and Robert Pires as well as Olympic legends Usain Bolt and Mo Farah — though the dancer might possibly fare better than founder of the Unicef charity match Robbie Williams and telly chef Gordon Ramsay, who hurt his Achilles tendon in a tackle with ex-footballer Teddy Sherringham back in 2012.
The match will be held at Old Trafford in June, with Bolt’s World XI team taking on Williams’s England side
Tickets are available at manutd.com/en/socceraid
Author: Anna Thomson