Sir Elton John just won't stop doing things, will he? Fresh from what must have been a career highlight of singing a song with dynamism's Gary Barlow during the most boring X-Factor final in history, the singer-songwriter/knight of the realm has now announced a fundraising performance – in partnership with SportsAid - at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, in order to help young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.
While sports may not seem like the hobby of a global superstar famous for a fashion sense that could be charitably described as “eccentric” (and less charitably as “ridiculous over-indulgent vomit-cloth”), Sir Elton has a lot of very prominent connections with the sporting world. The most famous is his beloved Watford F.C., of whom he is not only a lifelong supporter but also a former chairman and owner during their darkest times, helping to keep the then-struggling club afloat financially.
Speaking about the event, he said: “I am so excited to be part of this landmark event for SportsAid and to be helping the young, aspiring sports stars of the future. I thought the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were incredible and I was very moved by the ‘inspire a generation’ motto that accompanied it.
“The Games really brought home to me the sacrifices and enormous challenges that young people face to reach the highest level in sport – and from such an early age too. Their ambition and courage is a huge source of inspiration to me and I know we can make a big difference to their lives by setting up this new fund.”
We've been a bit hard on Sir Elton recently, but this is a genuinely good thing he's doing – a fundraiser to try and keep the faltering sports legacy of the London Olympics alive. With his previous successes with Watford F.C., What's On North wishes him all the best with this endeavour.
If you would like to see Elton John perform at Stoke Park without Gary Barlow hanging on to his coat-tails like a scruffy Victorian street urchin, tickets are available from Ticketmaster now. You can also book hospitality packages directly from SportsAid.