Bright blue and orange Vanarama X Prostate Cancer UK match ball is the first time ever a one-off ball has been used in a Non-League fixture
Vanarama have announced a one-off ball that will feature at Chesterfield v Notts County.
The custom ball is part of Vanarama’s six-week ‘MANarama’ campaign, where the league is renamed as the MANarama
National League to highlight that a man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK.
The striking blue and orange ball has been designed in Prostate Cancer UK and Vanarama colours. It
features powerful testimonies from four men affected by the disease and aims to highlight the role
football can play in prompting fans to consider their health, as well as raising awareness of the most
common cancer in men.
The quotes on the ball are given by four football fans from across the country affected by the
disease. Since their diagnosis, all have made incredible efforts to raise awareness of the disease and
through various initiatives, helped to raise thousands of pounds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Lloyd Pinder, Leeds
“We stand together in our quest to change the game for men and their families affected by prostate
cancer, and the grassroots game is the perfect platform to do this.”
Phill Coates, St Albans
“It’s great we can raise awareness of prostate cancer within the Non-League community. The spirit of
everyone is so strong and I'm so proud that my club are always so supportive.”
Errol McKellar, Dunmow
“Rivals on the pitch, united off it. The football family is the perfect vehicle to raise awareness of
prostate cancer. Thank you MANarama. Thank you football. Goodbye prostate cancer.”
Kevin Webber, Epsom
“I want to show that a grim diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to mope around being miserable.
Football has inspired me to have my own ‘promotion season’ feeling every day, despite having
terminal prostate cancer.”
Each ball with be auctioned off after the match, with all proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK, the
official charity partner of the National League. There are also 25 replica balls that will be given away
through the Vanarama website, which can be found at www.Manarama.co.uk
The launch of the ball comes toward the end of a successful six-week MANarama National League
campaign, the second successive season the fifth and sixth tiers of the English game have been
temporarily renamed. The sponsorship has run from September to November in support of the
leading men’s health charity, and aims to raise as much money as possible to combat the most
commonly diagnosed cancer in men.