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“This is a fantastic campaign and I’m proud to be a patron.”

“Get tested, if your negative, you can concentrate on staying healthy.”

West Bromwich Albion’s number one goalkeeper, and never far from Roy Hodgson’s mind in the England camp, Ben is a goalkeeper on the rise. From humble beginnings at Racing Club Warwick, through a League Cup-winning season at Birmingham City, he has proven himself on the biggest pitches in the country time and time again.

Now he’s become the Goalkeeping Patron of Football Saving Lives, and will help us reach the parts that other sexual health campaigns don’t reach. Ben was one of our founding advocates, and has now adopted the inspiring goal of securing a goalkeeper from every Premier League team for the Saving Lives sqaud.

“One in four of those with HIV don’t know they’re infected,” Ben says. “When the doctors behind Football Saving Lives told me that, it was easy to see why they’re so keen to get the testing message across to as many people as possible. And I want to help!”

Foster joined Birmingham City in May 2010, when he signed a three-year deal upon arrival from Manchester United, famously making a series of spectacular saves during Birmingham City’s 1-0 defeat of Chelsea some months later – when the London club had an amazing 32 shots on goal, none of which were converted! He moved on to the Baggies on loan in summer, 2011, becoming permanent in 2012. Foster’s impressive form for the club saw him called up to the 2014 England world cup squad, becoming the first West Bromwich Albion player to represent England in a world cup squad since Jeff Astle in 1970.

He’s also Saving Lives … and we’re proud to have him!

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