Union J’s JJ joins World Cup Squad

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Union J have recreated the iconic image of England’s 1966 World Cup win to launch this year’s official Sport Relief t-shirts.

It is the first time the pop stars, who reached the semi-final of The X Factor in 2012, have been involved with Sport Relief, which raises money for disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.

Before his boy band days, one quarter of the band, JJ Hamblett, from Newmarket, was a keen sportsman having joined the racing industry at the age of 16.

He rode in 270 races, winning 24, and even rode for the Queen.

The band said: “We’ve had an amazing time on the shoot. It’s not every day you get to recreate an iconic image from English sporting history, especially with the World Cup so close.

“Everyone should get involved and join in the fun - simply grab your gear from Sainsbury’s.”

T-shirts will be available from selected Sainsbury’s stores nationwide, along with headbands and all-in-ones, with a donation from each sale going towards Sport Relief.

The supermarket is also hosting the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, which take place from Friday, March 21, to Sunday, March 23.

A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: “Knowing how many millions of followers they have, it’s fantastic to see the Union J guys donning the official merchandise and getting ready for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.”

Visit www.sportrelief.com for more information on how to get involved.

• Are you organising a local event for Sport Relief? Let us know by emailing helen.patchett@newmarketjournal.co.uk or calling 01638 564105.

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