Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with
BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in both the UK and the world's poorest countries. At the heart of the campaign is the Sport Relief Mile.
In 2002, Comic Relief and
BBC Sportteamed up to create a new initiative, aiming to unite the sporting community and culminate in a night of sport, entertainment and fundraising on BBC One. The idea initially came from Peter Salmon, the then Director of Sport at the BBC, and Kevin Cahill, the Chief Executive of Comic Relief. The campaign deliberately alternates with Red Nose Day, Comic Relief's flagship event.
Sport Relief 2002
The first Sport Relief show was presented by
Gary Lineker, Ulrika Johnson, Jamie Theakstonand Clare Baldingand included Stephen Fryhosting a special edition of "They Think it's a Question of Sport", John Inverdaleand Suzi Perryresurrecting the classic 1970s series "Superstars" and the first ever bout of celebrity boxing when Bob Mortimerbeat Les Dennis.
Other items were "Sport in the Square" where cast members from
EastEndersand Holby City/Casualty took part in a series of sporting challenges, "Runaround", with Johnny Vegas, music from Gareth Gatesand Will Youngand contributions from Nick Hancock, Patrick Kielty, Angus Deayton, Ronni Ancona, Alistair McGowan, Audley Harrison, Alec Stewart, Tanni Grey-Thompsonand Sir Steve Redgrave.
One of the highlights of the campaign came at the end of the final of the Stella Artois tennis championship when there was a surprise additional match for Sport Relief between the
Prime Minister, Tony Blairand Pat Cashagainst Ilie Nastaseand Alistair McGowan. Blair and Cash won the specially reduced set 4-1. Tony Hawks was the courtside commentator and the game was shown live on Sunday Grandstand.
port Relief 2004
The second Sport Relief was on Saturday
10 July 2004. the main show was on BBC One from 19.00 - 00.30. The first half was presented by Gary Linekerand Gaby Loganand the second half by Jamie Theakstonand Tess Daly.
In the first half of the show (19.00 - 21.00)
Cilla Blackhosted a celebrity version of "Inter-Channel Superstars" where the BBC squad took on teams from ITV, Ch4 and Five, the stars of "Strictly Come Dancing" performed a special routine to a re-mix of iconic BBC Sport theme tunes, Bruce Forsythwas on hand to present a cheque, Patrick Kieltywas live in the studio to talk about the Indian railway project he had visited, Rachel Stevensperformed the Sport Relief single, "Some Girls", Dick and Dom introduced Ray Stubbsbeing swung from a crane into a giant ball of dung and Stephen Fryhosted another edition of "A Question of Sport Relief".
While the News and Lottery were on BBC One, there was a brand new show on BBC Two, "Stars in Fast Cars" which featured
Alan Davies, Jodie Kidd, Patrick Kielty, Jimmy Carrand Darren Jordoncompeting in a variety of car related races and stunts.
The second half of the main show was back on BBC One from 21.30 to 00.30.
Angus Deaytonlooked at Sports Stars in adverts, Lionel Richieand Badly Drawn Boyperformed live in the studio, Jon Culshawunveiled his Wayne Rooney impersonation, and Paul Whitehouse's Ron Manager interrogated David Beckhamabout his texting technique. Eamonn Holmeswas the host when Rugby took on Football with teams that included Dion Dublin, Lee Sharpe, Martin Offiahand Matt Dawsonand in this year's celebrity boxing Ben Foglebeat Sid Owen. Colin Jackson, Sir Steve Redgraveand Arsène Wengerwere amongst the sporting names who also appeared live on the show.
The show also included highlights of some of the Sport Relief Miles which had attracted 81,000 at giant and local events in all parts of the UK. Jo Brand was on hand to represent them and talk about her experiences at the Brighton Mile.
Throughout the night there were also a whole series of appeal films to show where the Sport Relief money had already been spent and where the need was greatest. They were made by BBC Bristol and included
Nick Knowlesin Africa, Patrick Kieltyin India and Victoria Beckhamin Peru.
The campaign itself involved 253 celebrities and raised £16 million.
port Relief 2006
The third Sport Relief took place on Saturday
15 July 2006with a whole day of programming across the BBC that culminated in the main evening show on BBC One at 7pm. Gary Lineker, Chris Evans and Davina McCall were the hosts for the entire evening.
Once again the programme came live from TC1 at Television Centre and featured its biggest line up of names to date.
The second half was back on BBC One from 22.30 to 01.00. It included golf legend
Nick Faldocompeting against Lineker and Evans in a comedy pitching competition on the roof of the studio where they had to get their balls into the mouths of giant cut outs of Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Tarbuck, the second part of "A Question of Sport Relief", Jon Culshaw's live performance as George W. Bush, Catherine Tatein a new football sketch as "Nan" from " The Catherine Tate Show" and Sir Steve Redgraveand Colin Jacksontaking part in a live power pint competition. There was also the last ever edition of "Footballer's Wives" which had been transferred from ITV for the night and included a guest appearance by Graham Norton, Jose Gonzalesperformed in the studio, several members of the Sport Relief Red Socks cricket team were there to talk about their tour to India, including Harry Judd, Nick Hancock, Nick Knowles, Jack Russelland Phil Tufnellwhilst Derek Acorahstared in a new sketch based in the "Match of the Day" studio. The third Sport Relief celebrity boxing bout was won by Jack Osbournewho defeated the formed SClub7 singer Bradley McIntosh. It was presented by Mark Durden-Smithwith Dave Spikeyas ringmaster.
British pop band Mcfly covered the hit song "Don't Stop Me Now (1979)" by Queen as the soundtrack of the event.
Sport Relief 2008
Sport Relief moved to March in 2008.
BBC One's night of fundraising was held on Friday 14 March and the Sport Relief Miles will take place all around the UK on Sunday 16 March. It was presented on stage by Richard Hammond, Gary Lineker& Davina McCall. Bruce Forsyth& Tess Dalypresented Sport Relief Does Strictly Come Dancing. Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson& James Maypresented Top Ground Gear Force. Jimmy Carrpresented A Question Of Sport Relief with the team captains Sue Barkerand Gary Lineker. Sir Alan Sugarpresented Sport Relief Does The Apprentice. There were occasional appearances by Jonathan Ross, Jimmy Carr, Sir Michael Parkinson, Patrick Kielty, Claudia Winkleman& Tess Daly
The BBC presented another version of Sport Relief Does The Apprentice with 10 celebrities. Also, new for this year, a special episode of Strictly Come Dancing was shown.
This years celebrity boxing saw
Ben Shephardof GMTVbeat Lemaron judge's vote.
The final total raised on the television broadcast was £19,640,321. During the telethon, a mystery donor donated £5.5million to the charity, and is believed to be the single, largest donation to any telethon in the UK. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7297873.stm £5m mystery gift to Sport Relief] BBC News]
Sport Relief 2010
Coming in March 2010
port Relief Mile
The Sport Relief Mile was devised by the BBC's Sport Relief producers
Martyn Smithand Jon Rowlands and was created to give the campaign a focus with an event that was open to anyone to run, walk, jog, wheel, bounce or crawl, regardless of ability or age. It was also designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's sub four minute mile.
81,000 people took part in the first Sport Relief Mile, sponsored by Fitness First, in 2004. Sainsbury's is now the official sponsor of the Mile.
In 2006 more than 423,000 people took part in the Sport Relief Mile, making it one of the biggest mass participation events in history. The Sport Relief Mile Show on BBC1 on the morning of Saturday July 15th was presented by
John Inverdaleand Colin Jacksonand drew an audience of almost a million with an 18% share.
Among the 20,000 milers who took part at London's Embankment were
Lord Coe, Dame Kelly Holmes, McFly, Michael Watson, Tessa Sanderson, G4, Jamie Oliverand Sadie Frost.
Televised Miles were also held in Brighton, Southampton, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle/Gateshead, Leeds, Hull, Nottingham, Birmingham and Ipswich.
It can also be noted that even children in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands(The British School of Amsterdam) took part in 2008.
port Relief single
The first Sport Relief single in 2002 was Your Song by
Elton Johnand Alessandro Safina, reaching number 4 in the chart. In 2004 Some Girls by Rachel Stevensmade it to number 2 and in 2006, the third ever Sport Relief single, Don't Stop Me Now/ Please Pleaseby McFly, was released. It reached #1 for one week, selling 36,496 units (week ending 29/7/06). It was announced on 15 January 2008that the 2008 Sport Relief single will be by Leona Lewiswith her singles Footprints in the Sand, though it was officially released as a double a-side with Better in Time[. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio/sport_relief/7187853.stm BBC SPORT | TV/Radio Schedule | Sport Relief | Star-studded launch for Sport Relief ] ] .
David Walliamsswam the English Channelto raise money for Sport Relief. He trained for 9 months with Professor Greg Whyte of the English Institute for Sportand was also helped by the "King of the Channel", Mike Read, chairman of the Channel Swimming Association. Walliams's feat was documented for a BBC programme called "Little Britain's Big Swim". David also plans to swim the Gibraltar Straitfor the 2008 campaign.
In 2006, the BBC staged a celebrity elimination
showjumpingcompetition called " Only Fools on Horses", which raised over £250,000.
How much money has Sport Relief raised so far?
*2002: £14 million
*2004: £16 million
*2006: £18 Million
*2008: £19.5 Million (final total raised on the television broadcast)
* [http://www.sportrelief.com/ Sport Relief Website]
* [http://www.sportrelief.com/donate/ Donate]
* [http://www.alloutforindia.net All Out For India]
* [http://www.sockshop.co.uk/sportrelief Sport Relief Fairtrade Cotton Socks]
* [http://www.mysportrelief.com/benchpress Bench Press Challenge]
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