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Last Updated: Friday, 12 December, 2003, 16:52 GMT
Sport Relief is back
The first-ever Sport Relief raised a staggering 14.4m on its debut in 2002, with every penny going to help tackle poverty and disadvantage in the UK and across the world.

Next July, Sport Relief returns once again and all the signs are it's going to be big.

Dates: 10-11 July 2004

With the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister's epic sub four-minute mile as inspiration, a series of huge mile-themed events up and down the UK are being planned.

To find out exactly what's happening at what promises to be one of the highlights of a great summer of sport go to -

Sport Relief '02 - Action Replay

Created by Comic Relief and BBC Sport to bring together people in the world of sport, from fans to megastars, to raise money and do good, Sport Relief '02 made quite a splash.

Superstars such as Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham, Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and Paula Radcliffe lent their energies to the event.

Tony Blair joins the charity fun in 2002
Tennis fan Tony Blair got in the swing of things

Even Prime Minister Tony Blair did his bit by partnering former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash for a fun, but well contested, tennis match.

But by far the most important people involved were the general public who organised fundraising events at their schools, offices, sports clubs and homes.

The campaign culminated in a memorable night of entertainment on BBC Television.

Amongst the many highlights were the now infamous celebrity boxing match between comedians Les Dennis and Bob Mortimer, a sports day featuring the cast of EastEnders and Holby City and the revival of 1970s hit series Superstars.

Now for Sport Relief '04

Plans are well underway for Sport Relief '04 and a sneaky peak at the team sheet reveals that the summer-long campaign will climax on Saturday 10 July with a host of huge mile events during the day, followed by a night of unmmissable TV.

Famous faces like legendary golfer Nick Faldo, world renown athlete Colin Jackson and Pop Idol Judge Nikki Chapman have already signed up to back the campaign with a whole host of others set to follow suit.

As well as the chance to be part of the massive miles, people who take part in any sport from football to frisbee will be able to go the extra mile in their own way to have fun and really make a difference.

"The mile events being planned promise to be a real highlight of what will be a fantastic summer of sport.

Visit in the new year for details of how to get involved," said Comic Relief's marketing director Michele Settle.

Speaking at the recent Sport Summit, Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, urged people to get involved.

"The BBC is planning to build its Sport Relief fundraising drive around the theme 'Go the Extra Mile' and I want us to see how we can extend this into a real summer of sporting activity," she said.

"I'd like every school in the country to join in this initiative, helping Sport Relief and being part of increasing the profile of sport.

"I want parents involved too, everyone can play their part doing something extra to mark this special summer of sport."

Details of how you can get involved will be available on the official Sport Relief website at

and the BBC Sport website at

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