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Rio Ferdinand swaps football for rugby in aid of charity

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Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand was caught trying his hand at rugby recently, as he gave his time to a BT Sport's charitable initiative, The Supporters Club's Christmas Campaign - MyExtraTime. 

Ferdinand helped deliver a touch rugby session with the Dallaglio Foundation in South London, where he sported a charity specific rugby top and offered the youngsters hints and tips on how to overcome life's challenges - such as dealing with adversity in sport.

It was not all rugby-based though, as Ferdinand stopped to answer football related questions based on QPR, Manchester United, himself and his teammates. 

The 36-year-old joined many other sports stars in becoming ambassadors for the campaign, which has been set up by BT Sport. 

Both Robin Van Persie and Graeme Swann are others who have agreed to give their time, along with BT Sport pundits Ben Kay and Gary McCallister.

Ferdinand said after the event: “I see a lot of kids here who are really similar, from similar backgrounds to myself and other kids from council estate environments - and we’re trying to give them that inspiration and idea that you can do something positive with your life if you put your mind to it.

"If you can adapt to certain environments and prove that you can be of worth outside your own environment, then you’ve got a chance to do something positive with your life.”


The BT Sport ambassador is backing the 'Supporters Club' campaign, which invites people to pledge their time this Christmas and beyond to charities and sports clubs.

To inspire people to get involved with the campaign, they are aiming to bring people together through sport, at events which will be run by stars such as Ferdinand and Swann. 

The Supporters Club have so far raised more than £3million from BT Sport and the customers, which has been used to fund 24 short-inspired community projects both in the UK and abroad. 


Whilst giving up his time for the initiative, the former England defender stopped to answer a number of questions on his primary sport, football. 

Amongst the answers, Ferdinand stated that his career does not have as much time left as he wished it did, and at the moment the main focus for QPR is to avoid relegation. 

He also gave Manchester United fans hope, admitting that he believes (or hopes) Manchester United can become Premier League champions again within the next year or two.  Another interesting answer was that Nico Kranjcar spends more time than anyone on the training ground, whilst Karl Henry is the same, but on the phone.

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