A FORMER Rhyl FC player has played a leading role in arranging a charity football match in aid of the trust he set up to assist other abuse survivors.

Steve Walters, who is a director of the Offside Trust, will be one of many ex-professionals and celebrities taking part in the fundraising event, which will be held at Chester FC’s Swansway Stadium on Sunday, March 31.

The ex-Lilywhite was one of the prominent figures behind the eventually conviction of coach Barry Bennell, who received a 31-year- sentence for 50 counts of historic child abuse to young children who were also aspiring footballers.

A host of big names have been confirmed for the game, with former Liverpool star Danny Murphy and ex-QPR winger Trevor Sinclair set to take their place in the line-up.

Reality TV star and son of George Best, Calum, will also be in attendance, as will actos Jamie Lomas and David Morrisey.

The Hollyoaks XI squad is set to include Gary Lucy, Nick Pickard and Kieron Richardson.

Walters, who made a total of 53 appearances in a Rhyl shirt, said: “We hope to raise further awareness and some important funds for the Offside Trust.

“This game arose after working on a soccer abuse storyline recently. Hollyoaks raised importance issues to a younger audience and we hope this game can push that even further.”

The Offside Trust was established in 2016 following high-profile revelations about child sexual abuse in football. The organisation is committed to supporting survivors of abuse and working to make sport safer for children.

Tickets are priced at £10 Adults, £3 Children (Aged 5-17 Years) and Under 5s FREE and available online now from www.eventbrite.co.uk

Tickets will then become ‘pay on the gate’ on the day of the game.