FORMER Aston Villa star Dion Dublin will be swap his football boots for cycling trainers as he takes part in a 45 mile trek for the Prince’s Trust.
For the first time, the Trust’s Palace to Palace mass cycle to raise funds to help disadvantaged young people, will be taking in the sights of the West Midlands.
The event, supported by Allianz, will see 1,000 cyclists riding through the Warwickshire countryside on May 20, raising vital funds to get unemployed young people back into work.
Mr Dublin, an ex-England player and Prince’s Trust ambassador, will embark on the 45-mile route, which starts at Warwick Castle, and threads through picturesque Warwickshire villages and alongside Kenilworth Castle.
Cyclists will cross the finish line onto the Pageant Field at Warwick Castle, where they will be met by friends and family.
Paul Beesley, Prince’s Trust regional director for the West Midlands, said: “Palace to Palace is aimed at cyclists of all abilities who want to take part in a challenging but fun event where they get to cycle through beautiful locations.
“People can take part individually, or in larger groups, and all money raised will support The Prince’s Trust in helping to change young lives here in the West Midlands.”
Chris Hanks, general manager at Allianz, said: “Allianz is delighted to be supporting The Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace at Warwick Castle.
“I encourage as many people as possible to get involved, in what promises to be a very exciting day, whilst at the same time raising money to help vulnerable young people.”
The Prince’s Trust has helped more than 650,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each working day. .
Cyclists are asked to pay a £35 registration fee and aim to raise at least £45 sponsorship money.
For more information about Palace to Palace or to sign up, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk/palace