Andy Murray to go head-to-head with former England football star in charity Padel match

Sport superstars Peter Crouch and Sir Andy Murray take part in a sporting match-up like no other for BBC Children in Need.

In the ultimate grudge match between two British sporting icons, Sir Andy Murray takes on Peter Crouch in a match of… Padel especially for BBC Children in Need! Forget Wimbledon, the World Cup or Sports Personality of the Year – this is for the Pudsey Cup.

In this tongue-in-cheek sketch, the duo’s rivalry comes to a head and the gauntlet is thrown down for a game Andy and Peter won’t ever forget.

As a youngster, Peter Crouch made a decision that would change the course of his life forever – when he was forced to pick between his two loves, football and tennis… And since hanging up his tennis racket as a teenager, he’s constantly wondered where his tennis career could have taken him.

Was Centre Court at Wimbledon his destiny? Could he have rivalled some of tennis’ biggest names?

And that’s where Sir Andy Murray comes in. Because now Peter’s retired from football, he fancies resuming that tennis career and has challenged a two-time Wimbledon champion.

Sir Andy Murray never turns down a challenge and sets up a tennis grudge match at the birthplace of so many tennis greats, the LTA’s National Tennis Centre.

However, this head to head will have a special twist – as they will actually face off over a game of Padel which is a form of tennis that’s easy to play, fun, sociable and is one of Europe’s fasting growing grass roots sports – and a perfect arena for the two sporting heroes to do battle!  

Peter Crouch says: “I’ve finally had the chance to fulfil my dreams of being a tennis star with the help of BBC Children in Need! I’m so glad I could be a part of something that helps so many children across the UK.”

Sir Andy Murray says: “Crouchy challenged me a while back to a game of tennis, apparently he used to be quite good.

“I’m not quite sure he was prepared for Padel though.  He tried every trick in the book to try and win, you’ll have to watch BBC Children in Need’s 2020 Appeal Night on Friday to find out how he got on.”

Viewers can tune in to see the beginnings of the world’s fiercest new sporting rivalry as part of a very special evening of unmissable television as BBC Children in Need’s 2020 Appeal Night, made by BBC Studios is set to broadcast live on BBC One from 7pm on Friday 13 November.

Donation Details

Supporting BBC Children in Need this year is easier than ever, to learn more about the charity or make a donation to help transform the lives of children and young people across the UK, visit:

•            You can also call 0345 7 33 22 33 and make a donation over the phone. (Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply).

•            You can donate on the phone or on the BBC Children in Need website. Use your debit or credit card, or your PayPal account.

•            Pay in your fundraising money at all major banks, building societies, or the Post Office.

•            Send a cheque or postal order to BBC Children in Need, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB.

•            To donate £10 text the word DONATE to 70410, to donate £20 text DONATE to 70420 or to donate £30 text DONATE to 70430. Texts will cost your donation plus your standard network message charge and all of your donation will go to BBC Children in Need.

You must be 16 or over and have the bill payer‘s permission. Text Services close at midnight on 30th November 2021. For full terms and more information visit 

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