Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 City of Champions Gala Dinner, which will take place on Thursday 31 October, 6.30pm at The Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.

It is set to be an incredible night, which this year will see Stephanie Houghton MBE being inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame for her achievements in the world of football, and BBC broadcaster Will Perry will be returning as host for a second year.

Houghton (pictured below left) led the England into the World Cup Semi Finals in June 2019, the biggest tournament in women’s football, and has played over 100 times for the England national team.

The centre-back, who also captains her club side Manchester City scored three goals in Great Britain’s four games, including winners against New Zealand and Brazil, at the 2012 London Olympics, led the Lionesses to a third-place finish in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, lifted the SheBelieves Cup this March and saw off Norway in La Havre to take England through to the last four of this years World Cup.

In 2016 Stephanie was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to football.

The City of Champions gala dinner is a star-studded event that aims to acknowledge and celebrate the success of people in the areas of sport, education and business, who are giving back to the next generation of champions.

Stephanie will stand alongside previous inductees including Beth Tweddle MBE, Col. Dame Kelly Holmes, Rio Ferdinand, Tracey Neville MBE and Sir Chris Hoy. Commenting on her induction, she said: “I am honoured to be inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame. To be on a list that includes Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Chris Hoy, Beth Tweddle and Rio Ferdinand is very humbling. Since moving to Manchester and signing with Manchester City I have nothing but great things to say about the city. I look forward to the Gala evening in October which will be a special night for me and my family.”

Co-founder and CEO of DMSF, Diane Modahl, also commented: “I am extremely pleased to announce, on behalf of the official charity partner the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation and the City of Manchester, that Manchester City Football Club player and England Football Captain, Stephanie Houghton, will be inducted into the City of Champions Hall of Fame in October.

There are lots of pressures and expectations around a World Cup tournament and Stephanie knew just what was needed to keep pushing and driving the team forward. Throughout her career Stephanie has remained confident and professional, focusing on her goals and what she needs to do in order to achieve them.

She is an incredible inspiration to young sportsmen and women across the city and country, demonstrating resolve at every stage of her career. Her dedication, passion and focus is exactly what is needed to encourage young people to reach their full potential whether that’s on a football pitch or elsewhere. We are delighted to welcome her to the Hall of Fame.”

The Gala Dinner is an important fundraiser for the official charity partner the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF). The proceeds will directly support young people and their families. DMSF work within the top 20% areas of deprivation, using sport as a vehicle change to build character and develop behaviours that are ultimately transferable throughout their whole lives.

Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester said:I’m extremely proud that the city of Manchester are to induct Stephanie Houghton MBE into the City of Champions Hall of Fame.  This event recognises and celebrates those individuals whose impact across Greater Manchester has shaped not only our way of lives, but globally.  More importantly their success have provided opportunities that drive not only this wonderful city forward, but their generosity to give back will continue to support the next generation.

“It’s also important to recognise individuals who are just starting on their own journeys, a generation of emerging champions who are coming through and seeking their own opportunity to make a difference.

“The Gala Dinner will be a winner on both fronts – for those at the very top of their fields and those who are just waiting for their chance to be seen and heard.”

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