The Shirt 2010 is an initiative from Bjorn Heidelstrom that is going to play an important part at the fast-approaching South Africa 2010 World Cup.Bjorn is cycling from Oslo to Cape Town and collecting signed football jerseys from all teams of all levels along the way. All these shirts will be be sewn together to form the world's largest signed football-shirt - a symbol of the unity of the football family and its solidarity with the plight of young refugees.
He says, "We are creating the world's largest football shirt - a shirt and a symbol that is sewn together by the signed club-shirts." The Shirt symbolises the "football family standing together and not forgetting the small ones."
Big clubs, little clubs and even fans who sign their own shirts can become a part of the one big shirt - all are welcome!
Bjorn's journey began in Oslo back on June 20 (2009) and he's already been through Scandinavia and the Baltic and the UK and Ireland and now he's heading down through Europe.
He'll be arriving in Spain on
October 27 and his first port of call will be Barcelona where he'll be
stopping off at Camp Nou to pick up a shirt and I'll be organising
something with UE Sant Andreu.
For more up to date information about Bjorn's trip, check out his daily updated Shirt 2010 blog
You can also follow the thread on the Spain-Football Forum where I'll be posting photos of his trip through Spain and you can swap ideas with other Spanish football fans.
Here's a Shirt 2010 template letter that you can copy and send as an email to your local club - however small.
Bjorn Bjornstrom is ex-professional footballer with a long career in Norway and England (Leyton Orient). Since hanging up his boots, he has worked with football as a focus for marketing, media, values, Soccer Against Crime and Valerenga against racism.
Shirt 2010 already has the backing of the Norwegian Refugee Council and the South African Premier Soccer League and is hoping to get official recognition from FIFA over the coming weeks.
Along the route, he's picked up official support from a number of organisations, including the Irish Football Association, and whilst he's cycling through Spain, we hope to get more organisations on board and turn The Shirt 2010 into a symbol of solidarity for football fans around the world..