Wednesday, 13 April 2011


A group of Northumbria University students are laying down the sporting knowledge gauntlet by organising a ‘Question of Sport’ style quiz night in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Hosted by television presenter Roger Tames, ‘A Questoon of Sport’ will feature sporting guests including former Newcastle United defender John Beresford and boxer Bradley Saunders from Stockton.

Guests at the event, which is being held at St James’ Park in Newcastle, will have the opportunity to win a place on John and Bradley’s teams and the audience will be challenged to beat the sports stars knowledge throughout the evening.

The seven Sports Management students who are organising the charity night are hoping to raise as much money as possible in aid of Sir Bobby’s cancer charity.

Team member, Adam Crawford, says: “We had the pleasure of meeting Lady Elsie when we were in the early stages of planning this event and she was very supportive. We don’t know how much money we will raise for the charity yet but it’s good to get involved with the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“We’re planning what we hope will be a really lively night and tickets include a three course meal as well as the sporting quiz. There will be testing questions but we’ve no doubt the audience and John and Bradley’s teams will rise to the challenge.”

Team member, Liam Gill, adds: “Whilst all the team have worked really hard in ensuring everything is in place for an unforgettable night, a big thank you must go out to sponsors Go North East and headline sponsor Porsche and Bentley of Newcastle in particular who are providing five top of the range sports cars for the room.”

Since its launch in March 2008, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has raised £3.3 million to help find more effective treatments for cancer. The charity funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Trust, which directly benefit cancer patients from across the north east and Cumbria.

Lady Elsie says: “The concept for this charity night is very original and the organisers seem very enthusiastic and motivated to succeed.

“As students they may only be in the north east for a relatively short time so it’s good to see them showing such initiative and helping out a regional charity.

“I wish them great success with their studies and this event in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. I’m sure it will be a wonderful night and I’m disappointed I can’t attend.”

Tickets for ‘A Questoon of Sport’ cost £30, which includes a three course meal, while a table of 10 is available for £250. The event starts at 7pm on Sunday 1st May. Please call 0781 248 3110 to book tickets or for more information.

There will be an auction on the night which will include two Porsche track days Croft, Darlington with a value of £1,000 each.