Shayne Ward confirmed to take part in Soccer Six

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SHAYNE Ward, winner of the X Factor, has confirmed that he will be taking part in the Celebrity Soccer Six Tournament AT Turf Moor this summer.

The singer will be lacing up his boots as he prepares to play against fellow celebs on the hallowed turf, on Sunday June 5th.

The star, who has sold three million records and has number one hit records in nine countries will be joined by some of the biggest names in music, TV, sport, film and entertainment. And stars of some of TV’s biggest shows including Eastenders, Coronation Street, Waterloo Road, Skins, the X-Factor and Big Brother are already in training!

Soccer Six CEO Mark Abery said: “We are delighted that Shayne will be taking part at the events. As part of the Sun’s hugely successful Soccer Six squad there will be pressure on his shoulders, but I’m told he is quite a player”.

Burnley Football Club Commercial of Director Affairs, Anthony Fairclough said,

“We are proud to hold the Soccer Six tournament here at Turf Moor and to be the Northern representatives chosen for this year’s event. To have a star like Shayne Ward confirmed at this early stage shows what a fantastic and unique event the Soccer Six tournament promises to be. We would also like to thank the local business community for backing the event with all corporate hospitality places now taken, and the fans of Burnley Football Club as we have now sold over 1,000 tickets. The atmosphere will be electric and it is an event not to be missed”.

Steve Rumbelow, Chief Executive of Burnley Borough Council, added: “I am really looking forward to this event. It will be a really exciting day, great for the club and great for Burnley. As usual people that don’t know Burnley will be blown away by what the place has to offer - another opportunity provided by BFC to put Burnley, the place on the map”

Current Soccer Six champions are Jeff Brazier’s X-Factor team who saw off competition in the 2010 tournament from The Wanted, McFly, NDUBZ, Flawless, Omid Djalili and David Baddiel, Kid British, Soccer AM, The Hoosiers, and the Sun, who had Lethal Bizzle, Tinchy Stryder, and Olly Murs in the side. NDUBZ’s Tulisa was on fire in the girls’ tournament and it was her team who lifted the girls’ trophy.

With over 150 celebrities in attendance the Soccer Six is the biggest 6-a-side celebrity football tournament in the world and has been staged across the UK since 1995.

Tickets are now on sale from the Turf Moor Ticket Office, from the Burnley FC ticket line on 0871 221 1914 or online at www.burnleyfc.com .

Tickets are just - £12 for adults, £8 for children under 12, £40 for a family ticket (two adults and three children under 12)

Tickets for the Soccer Six tournament at Charlton Athletic are available on 0871 226 1905

Go to www.cup.uk.com for all the latest news and celebrity announcements. Follow www.twitter.com/SoccerSix and ‘Facebook’ at ‘Cup Soccer Six’ for the chance to win exclusive prizes.

Other celebrities confirmed to participate in the Soccer Six tournament here at Turf Moor include -

Lucien Laviscount - Lucien’s first major break came when he won the role of Jake Briggs in Grange Hill who he played from 2007 until 2008. His next major role came in 2009 when he joined the cast of Coronation Street as Ben Richardson, become a viewers favourite. Lucien now plays Jonah Kirby in the smash hit BBC series Waterloo Road.

Jack McMullen - After starting his career on Brookside and winning two soap awards Jack became a regular face on some of British TV’s most popular shows and now plays Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road.

Will Rush - Will began his career on Grange Hill where he played Ali Duncan from 2005 until 2007 before moving on to Waterloo Road where he has made his name in the role of Josh Stevenson.

Devon Anderson - Devon is best known for his roles in Hollyoaks where he played Sonny Valentine and as two stints as Billy Mitchell in Eastenders in the mid nineties and most recently from 2009 to 2010. Following a role on CBBC’s Kerching in the early 2000’s Devon was also a presenter on CBBC.

Marvyn Williams - Since appearing on Shipwrecked 2008 and being part of the winning Tiger team, Marvyn has become a successful DJ, presenter and model, having presented for T4 among others.

Kris Donnelly - Kris appeared on the tenth series of Big Brother where he remained a housemate until being evicted on day 37.

Anthony Hutton - Anthony won Big Brother 6 with 57.2% of the vote and appeared on the 2010 show, Ultimate Big Brother. After leaving the house Anthony appeared on the Match and Premier League All Stars.

Craig Phillips - Craig made his name as the winner of the first ever Big Brother series in the UK. A builder by trade Craig, after leaving the Big Brother house Craig began presenting DIY and renovation shows. He has now presented as ‘resident expert’ on a large number of televisions shows across the globe including Housecall, Housecall In The Country, Builders Sweat and Tears, Our House, Trading Up, Big Strong Boys, Boyz In The Wood, Big Strong Boys In The Sun, Renovation Street, Trading Up In The Sun, House Trap, 60 Minute Makeover and Craig’s Trade Tips.

Tina O Brien - Tina made her name as Sarah Louise Platt in Coronation Street, a role she played from 1999 to 2007, earning her soap and television awards and nominations. She is currently starring in Waterloo Road as Bex Fisher after appearing in 2010 in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, in which she played the character of Miss Browne. In 2010 she was a contestant on Strictly Come dancing and made it through to the 5th round before being eliminated.

Zaraah Abrahams - After two years starring as Magda in Girls in Love, Zaraah secured the role of Joanne Jackson in Coronation Street where she stayed for two years before being snapped up by Waterloo Road to play the role of Michaela White, becoming a firm favourite with viewers for three years on the show. In 2008 Zaraah starred as a contestant on Dancing on Ice where she reached the semi finals of the show.

Lauren Thomas - Lauren is best known for playing Aleesha Dillon from 2007 to 2010 in the BBC one drama Waterloo Road.

Kaya Scodelario - Kaya is best known for her role as Effy Stone on the hit channel 4 show Skins until 2009. Since then Kaya has starred in movies Moon, Shank, Clash of the Titans and Wuthering Heights.