John Barnes will be the star guest at Dubai charity golf event
Football legend John Barnes will be appearing in Dubai next month as guest of honour at the DHL Open golf event and you can be there, either to play, or just to feast on a fantastic post-golf barbecue and a Q&A with the former England international.
Barnes, a fantastic winger in his heyday who enjoyed spells at Watford, Liverpool and Newcastle, will attend the event, which takes place at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, on Thursday May 2.
The competition forms part of the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series, with Barnes following in the footsteps of many other former Liverpool players who have taken part in what has become a very popular series, which has raised a huge amount of money for the treatment of local cancer patients.
Among those footballers to have previously taken part in the event are Robbie Fowler, Dietmar Hamann and Gary McAllister, while big names such as Teddy Sheringham and Matt Le Tissier have also lent their support.
Barnes, who won 79 caps for England and played at two World Cups, expressed his delight at being invited to attend.
“I’m really excited to be taking part in the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series,” he said. “I know that Robbie Fowler and some of the other ex-Liverpool players have been involved and had a fantastic experience. It’s a wonderful cause and we want to help the guys raise as much money as possible to try and fight back against this terrible disease that touches so many people’s lives.
“Dubai is an amazing place and I’m looking forward to having some fun during the golf day and then telling a few stories at the dinner in the evening, I’m sure it’ll be a great occasion.”
If you’re handy with a golf club and want to get involved, non-Emirates Golf Federation members can play for AED745.
However, if you’d rather just enjoy some fantastic food and drink, while listening to Barnes recount tales from his glittering football career, you can do that, too, simply by attending the evening part of the event, with tickets available for AED395.
When: Thursday May 2
Where: Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
Price: Golf and dinner - AED 695 (EGF members); AED 745 (non EGF); AED 445 (Creek Members). Evening only - AED 395 or table of 10 for AED 3,500 (inclusive of BBQ, two hours of drinks and John Barnes Q&A)