Sports to come together to celebrate NHS

Sky Sports, Premier League and other organisations will join public in saying #ThankYouTogether this weekend; round of applause at 5pm on Sunday; Kaiser Chiefs’ performance of ‘Happy Birthday’ to be broadcast at EFL stadiums

Last Updated: 03/07/20 1:30pm

A range of sports, including football, cricket and rugby union, are to come together to celebrate the NHS and key workers on the organisation’s 72nd birthday this weekend.

Members of the public are also encouraged to take part in the ‘Thank You Together’ initiative by applauding the “commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many” on their doorsteps at 5pm on Sunday.

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This weekend’s Premier League and EFL fixtures will be preceded by a moment’s applause, while the FA will support the campaign by placing a #ThankYouTogether mosaic on Wembley’s big screen this weekend.

The Kaiser Chiefs will perform a special rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, which will be broadcast at stadiums across all of the EFL matches prior to the applause.

England’s Test series against the West Indies – which begins on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports – has been named the #raisethebat series in tribute to the NHS, and players will wear the names of key workers on their training shirts.

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England rugby union head coach Eddie Jones and a selection of Premiership Rugby players will also record personal thank you messages.

Sky Sports will be taking part in the ‘Thank You Together’ initiative by promoting the campaign and showing a number of this weekend’s Premier League and EFL matches. Our presenters will also be recording personal thank you messages to key workers.

Sky Sports managing director Rob Webster said: “We owe every key worker and the entire NHS family an enormous debt of gratitude for their heroic part in the nation’s response to Covid-19.

Sky Sports is proud to pay tribute and mark the occasion of the NHS’s birthday appropriately across our channels, to allow our viewers to reflect on just how crucial a role all the key workers have played.”

A message of thanks to the NHS is displayed on Wembley Way during the coronavirus pandemic A message of thanks to the NHS is displayed on Wembley Way during the coronavirus pandemic

A message of thanks to the NHS is displayed on Wembley Way during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens added: “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.”

Twickenham Stadium showed its support for the NHS during the pandemic Twickenham Stadium showed its support for the NHS during the pandemic

Twickenham Stadium showed its support for the NHS during the pandemic

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters also said: “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.”

The public regularly showed its appreciation for the NHS and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic by taking part in the ‘Clap for Our Carers’ campaign, which saw millions of people stand and applaud on their doorsteps every Thursday at 8pm.

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