Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Jimmy Bullard is amongst these backing a brand new initiative which may assist get followers safely again into soccer grounds.
Retired midfielder Bullard performed for the Latics between 2003 and 2006, making 157 appearances for the membership and scoring 11 targets.
He gained two promotions with Wigan throughout that point to each the Championship and the Premier League, in addition to a League Cup runners-up medal.
The now 42-year-old later moved to Fulham after which to Hull Metropolis, earlier than having spells at Ipswich City and MK Dons.
Bullard and fellow ex-pro Anton Ferdinand, actor Tamer Hassan and TV star Calum Finest are among the many ambassadors for the charity Masks Our Heroes, and have been volunteering handy out free PPE to care houses, hospices, faculties and youth centres.
The charity has additionally staged a coronavirus-safe occasion at a central London designer garments store at which visitors got a Covid-19 check, with the outcomes accessible in 15 minutes.
Masks Our Heroes believes the occasion might be a blueprint for getting individuals again to attend concert events, style reveals and sporting occasions, together with soccer matches, in the course of the pandemic.
Ferdinand, who’s fronting the brand new initiative, instructed the PA information company: “At Masks Our Heroes we ran an occasion, and ran a system, that we predict might help get followers again into soccer matches.
“It was a testing centre, and all of us had a check which gave us a lead to 15 minutes. It is on a smaller scale however the blueprint is there, and it is whether or not we get the inexperienced gentle to make the blueprint greater.
“For the time being soccer shouldn’t be the identical. I used to be watching the Europa League final week and heard the followers at Speedy Vienna. We’re solely speaking 20 per cent of the stadium however simply listening to the followers was unbelievable.
“I wager for the gamers it was a godsend listening to that. That is what units skilled soccer aside. The strain of the followers. That is what it is about, that is what we reside for. To exit on a Saturday and produce for the followers.
“How nice would it not be if we may do this? And use grounds as testing centres? We’re not saying we’re going to put 60,000 within the Emirates. However let’s put 25,000 in there.
“You possibly can check them, you’ll be able to sanitise the stadium and provides a 30-day assure that it is Covid-free. With 25,000 individuals in a 60,000-seater stadium you’ll be able to social distance.
“We’re asking for a chance to check our technique. Give us a chance. In case you get 20,000 individuals on the London Stadium, they’ll all get examined. They’re going to get sanitiser, they will get masks. It is protected in an out of doors stadium.”
Ferdinand, 35, was talking at a youth centre in Barnet the place he dropped off packing containers of PPE for the employees.
“It is about serving to locations that want PPE,” he added. “The likes of care houses, hospitals, youth centres who want PPE to have the ability to carry on working. As we all know PPE could be very costly, and we’re capable of give it to them for nothing.
“With footballers persons are fast to go on in regards to the destructive aspect however we have proven we’re right here to do the good things too. The likes of Marcus Rashford, what he’s doing is phenomenal.
“Every little thing goes by way of the charity and we might help, whether or not or not it’s cinemas, soccer stadiums, concert events, movie units. Let’s come collectively and do that.”