To celebrate the World Cup, we’d like to invite you to organise your own football fundraiser for United Response. Why not organise a football match at a nearby pitch or invite your friends round to watch the matches in exchange for donations?

With the World Cup just one week away, let’s take a look at some of the famous World Cup England team songs and see if the lyrics can inspire the fundraiser in you:

1966 - 'World Cup Willie' was the first England team song whilst Willie the lion was the first ever World Cup mascot. He was designed by Reg Hoye who illustrated some of Enid Blyton's children's books.

“Dressed in red, white and blue he’s World Cup Willie” - Footie fundraising idea: how many World Cup Willie lion mascots can you fit in your living room?

In the 1990 team song ‘World in Motion’ best remembered for the ‘John Barnes rap’ The England player was selected to perform after a contest with the other players.

“Catch me if you can, Cos' I'm the England man” – Footie fundraising idea: wear your England kit to school or work for a day and have a rap contest with your friends.

2002 - 'We’re on the ball' performed by Ant and Dec made it to number 3 in the charts and features a rather cheesy video.

Perhaps the lyrics, “Can we kick it, yes we can” can inspire you to have a penalty-shoot out competition as your fundraising activity.

Despite Fabio Capello banning an official World Cup England team song, 'Shout', featuring Dizzee Rascal and James Corden became the unofficial song and charted at number 1 beating the official World Cup song 'Wavin' Flag'.

“Come and have a go if you think your hard enough” – Footie fundraising idea: persuade your friends to take you on at keepy-uppys.

Although this song was actually made for the European championships, it has proved popular during many World Cups so we couldn’t leave it out. And if this doesn’t get you in the mood for football I don’t know what will:

Three lions:

Natalie Millbank - community and events fundraiser.