A former beach soccer star is setting off on the challenge of cycling from Estonia to the Isle of Wight for the Island’s team today (Thursday).

Ventnor man Chris Morey’s beach soccer career which included four England caps, was ended by a serious knee injury back in 2007.

After having reconstructive surgery Chris went on to compete in marathons and triathlons and completed a 3,500km cycle challenge from Athens to the UK for charity.

Now, he has set his sights on topping that feat by cycling at least 4,000km in 30 days, to raise money for beach soccer on the Isle of Wight.

Chris said:

“My beach soccer days were some of my best so, if I can help, my efforts will be worthwhile. Because I’ve already cycled 3,500km, this trip needed to be even bigger. I’ll be cycling through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France and finally England to the Isle of Wight.”

He added:

“From experience, knowing the way isn’t always straight forward. The kilometres can quickly add up by missing turnings or taking wrong ones. Then I’ll need to find a place to camp, whether it’s inside a cave, abandoned building, at the side of the road or under a bridge, I’ve done them all.”

IW Beach Soccer general manager Luke Kerr says the money would go towards new
beach soccer equipment.

Luke said:

“When Chris approached me and said he wanted to raise money to help IW Beach Soccer buy new equipment I was truly shocked and overwhelmed by his kindness and show of support.”

He added:

“Chris has enjoyed many years of beach soccer and felt he wanted to give something back to a community he has love and admiration for – along with great memories. I can’t thank Chris enough, he is a real gentleman and the challenge he’s doing is really tough, so I hope the Island community will get behind him and help raise funds for new equipment for our youth teams and events.”