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Premier League joins sport in NHS anniversary thanks

5 Jul 2020

To celebrate 72nd anniversary of NHS, Premier League and clubs will say thanks to those who have been tackling COVID-19 pandemic

The Premier League and its clubs will unite with sport in the UK to thank NHS staff, key workers and the countless others helping to tackle the coronavirus pandemic when the National Health Service marks its 72nd anniversary on Sunday.

At 17:00 BST on 5 July people are being asked to come together on their doorsteps and applaud the commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many, while also staying for a few minutes and sharing a socially-distanced moment with friends and neighbours.

The Premier League is one of many sporting bodies, as well as sporting legends, supporting the #ThankYouTogether moment.

All the Premier League’s weekend matches will be preceded by a moment of applause led by players and match officials to show appreciation for the key workers and members of the public who have helped others during the crisis.

"I am proud of how the football community has come together and responded to those who have needed it most"

Richard Masters, Premier League CEO

Clubs will also be expressing their gratitude in a variety of ways.

"Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen an incredible amount of goodwill and support across the country, including what our Premier League clubs, players, staff and supporters have done to help their local communities and the NHS," Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said.

"I am immensely proud of how the football community has come together and responded to those who have needed it most.

"The Premier League will support the NHS and its moment of thanks to recognise the efforts of the health workers, key workers and all those who have shown kindness and care to others during these months.”

Paying tribute

Former Leicester City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker also called on fans of football, along with those of cricket and rugby, to come together with the NHS. 

"Applaud all those who are working so hard and sacrificing so much to keep us all going throughout this period," Lineker, the host of BBC's Match of the Day, said.

"But think about how we can all help come together and start to build even better communities, and a country we can be even more proud of."   

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: "Sport plays a huge part in millions of people’s lives, and is a major contributor to both our physical and mental wellbeing.

"As sport returns to our national life following this difficult lockdown period, it's both fitting and welcome that some of our top sports stars are helping thank frontline NHS staff who have been at the sharp end of our health service's amazing response to coronavirus."

See: How our clubs have been helping the NHS 

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