"Im delighted to be involved in this wonderful fundraising event and I look forward to meeting the champions, who go above and beyond to support young people and make Manchester such a great city."
UK Vice President of Fifa, David Gill
Former Chief Executive of Manchester United and current UK Vice-President of FIFA, David Gill, has been announced as one of three new additions to the City of Champions Hall of Fame.
Gill has enjoyed a hugely successful career in the world of football. This has included being on the boards of the FIFA Executive Committee, the UEFA Executive Committee, the Football Association, and Manchester United Football Club.
He is also known for being Chief Executive of Manchester Football Club, the Vice Chairman of the Football Association, and UK Vice-President of FIFA.
The City of Champions gala dinner will be organised by Olympian Diane Modahl, Manchester City Council and the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, a North West-based charity that empowers young people to achieve in all areas of their life.
The star-studded event aims to celebrate the success of people in the areas of sport, education and business, who are giving back to the next generation of champions. Attendees will have the chance to rub shoulders and dine with sportsmen and women from a number of fields.
Gill will be joining previous inductees to the Hall of Fame, along with three new individuals in November, including Rio Ferdinand, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Chris Hoy, Mike Summerbee and Tracey Neville MBE.
David commented on his induction into the Hall of Fame: “I am honoured to be inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame and to be amongst the many inspirational and deserving people that have previously been inducted.
“I recognise the great work that the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation does in inspiring and supporting young people and this is a cause close to my heart. Investing in young people is vital, not only for Manchester, but also, for the future of our country and we need to help and encourage them in the best way possible. My motivation behind the establishment of the Manchester United Foundation in 2006 was to help young people make a brighter future for themselves and long may the good work continue.
“I’m delighted to be involved in this wonderful fundraising event and I look forward to meeting the champions in sport, education and business, who go above and beyond to support young people and make Manchester such a great city.”
Co-founder and CEO of DMSF, Diane Modahl, said: “I am delighted to announce, on behalf of the city of Manchester and the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, that Director Manchester United Football Club and former Chief Executive David Gill will be inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame.
“David is a wonderful inspiration for young people across the city, inspiring them to reach their full potential. His goals for young people are very much in line with our own, to support and encourage the development of major life skills, such as teamwork, self-esteem and resilience. He has shown his dedication to supporting young people in Manchester over the years and we’re very excited to welcome him into the City of Champions Hall of Fame.”
The gala will take place on 1st November at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, and will be hosted by BBC broadcaster Will Perry.
Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased here.