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YouTuber Chunkz on how football helped him growing up on council estates

YouTube star Chunkz has said playing football is “close to his heart” as it helped him growing up on council estates in London.

The 26-year-old online personality and former musician returns to the England team for Soccer Aid for the third year running in June.

Chunkz, real name Amin Mohamed, admitted he feels like “unlucky” given his team’s losing last two years, but said he’s motivated to win this time.

Speaking to the PA news agency ahead of the star-studded charity game, he said: “Growing up on council estates there were obviously signs everywhere saying ‘no ball game’ but we still played ball even when we weren’t allowed to .

“So football is really close to my heart. Not just football, table tennis, basketball, just everything.

“Growing up on a council estate, everyone was either doing the wrong things on the streets, or they were at a community center playing ping-pong and trying to have friends in the area. That was definitely an important thing for me in many ways.”

Chunkz added that he believes events like Soccer Aid are great platforms to provide opportunities for children around the world as the game raises money for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

He told PA: “I feel like every kid deserves to have a playful childhood and have access to games and just be a kid and do kids stuff.

“It’s very important to me and I really want as many kids around the world to have this opportunity, the same opportunity that I have.”

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Chunkz admitted he’s been impressed at meeting his football heroes over the past two years (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mo Gilligan, Harry Redknapp, Gary Neville and Fara Williams will also return to the game this year.

Former One Direction star Liam Payne, 28, will captain England while Usain Bolt, 35, will lead the Soccer Aid World XI team.

Although Chunkz had played in the charity game for the past few years, he admitted he was still “thrilled” by the pro players he grew up with.

He recalled that meeting the likes of Wayne Rooney and John Terry was a “crazy” experience, especially during his freshman year in 2020, as they asked him for photos since their kids were fans of the YouTuber.

Soccer Aid for Unicef ​​​​2022 takes place on 12 June at The London Stadium, tickets are available at socceraid.org.uk/tickets.

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