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Goals for Sport Relief

Posted on 17 March 2010  - 12:00

The Barclays Premier League's top goal scorers will have an added incentive to score on the Sport Relief weekend, which takes place from 19-21st March.

Goals for Sport Relief

The Barclays Premier League's top goal scorers will have an added incentive to score on the Sport Relief weekend, which takes place from 19-21st March.

Barclays today said it will donate £1,000 for every goal scored and an extra £500 for every shot on target during that weekend to support Sport Relief.

This Barclays Premier League season has already been a record-breaker for goal scoring. The 500 goal landmark for the season was reached quicker than in any other season in mid-December 2009.

Since then a further 255 goals have been scored bringing the average to 2.77 per game this season, putting it almost neck and neck with the record breaking 1999-2000 season which averaged 2.78 goals per game at the same stage of the season.

With the number of players having scored more than ten already in double figures, and Jermain Defoe currently chasing Wayne Rooney in the Barclays Race for the Golden Boot with 17 strikes, it is hoped that this season could go on to beat the record for a 38 game season, the 1060 scored in 1999/2000.

If the games go according to form, with an average of 27 goals and approximately 145 efforts on target per weekend so far this season, as much as £100,000 could be raised for Sport Relief.

JD said: "I think this is a great idea. Goal scoring and exciting matches are what the Barclays Premier League is all about - and this could be a record season for goals. All the players will be looking to score those prized goals and it should prove to be an excellent weekend for the Barclays Premier League and Sport Relief."

Kevin Wall, managing director, Barclays said: "It's fantastic that we are able to harness the excitement of the Barclays Premier League to raise money for Sport Relief. We know that top flight English football is all about attacking play, competitiveness and goal scoring and we hope that the Sport Relief Weekend, proves to be a record breaker for goals and fundraising."