I am proud to be participating inThe Celebrity Football Charity Challenge, a “pro-am” style fundraising match at Hensley Athletic Field, Eastgardens, to be played at 5.30pm ahead of the Eastern Suburbs’ men’s senior first division Grand Final. A slew of stars will join forces to kick a goal in the fight against epilepsy.
Supported by both Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) and Sydney FC, the match will combine celebrity players with sponsored amateurs – all raising funds for the cause.
Please donate now for this fantastic cause!
Beginning his career at the peak of professional football with Liverpool, Nick Rizzo, the then highly-rated 18-year-old, had the world at his feet. The winger was an unused substitute on six occasions in his first season with the first team, before seeking regular playing time with Crystal Palace.
After 58 league appearances at the London-based club, Rizzo joined fellow Australian, Vince Grella, at Serie B side, Ternana. A stint hampered by a persistent knee injury, that nearly ended his career, saw him loaned out to Ancona, before transferring to AC Prato in Serie C. An inconsistent 4 years in Italy saw Rizzo head back to England, signing with Milton Keynes Dons, where he would spend 3 seasons under former Crystal Palace and Socceroos coach, Terry Venables. In 2007, after 2 loan spells at Grimsby Town and Chesterfield, the Australian made the decision to sign with A-league club, Perth Glory.
Ending his professional career in 2009, Rizzo signed for NSW Premier League side APIA Leichardt Tigers, where he’d make 57 league appearances in 4 years. Now, heading the ‘Nick Rizzo International Football Academy’, the Australian, who was capped just once for the Socceroos, seeks to impart his footballing knowledge and experience on young talent in the country.