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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson joins soccer team

USMagazine, Saturday, August 3, 2013, 2:15pm (PDT)
  • From the stage to the soccer field! One Direction member Louis Tomlinson joined a professional soccer team in London, signing a non-contract deal with the English second division soccer club, the Doncaster Rovers.

    The 21-year-old boy band member said via Reuters, "This has always been a childhood dream of mine."

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    A statement on the club's website read, "Louis has always been passionate about football and wanted to realize a dream of signing for his home town club where he once worked on match days."

    According to the team's site, he will be playing for the Development Squad in an upcoming fall charity game to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.

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    Claire Rintoul, Chief Executive at Bluebell Wood shared, "We're absolutely thrilled and delighted that Louis has decided to continue his support for Bluebell Wood and promote what we do here. Being a local lad it's great to see him giving back to the community and supporting our children with a shortened life expectancy."

    Tomlinson, who's currently dating college student Eleanor Calder, tweeted his excitement over the news, writing to his 11 million-plus followers, "Amazing day for me. Such an honor -- who's gonna come to a game?"

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    The British "X Factor" star will have a busy year ahead -- One Direction's 3D movie "This Is Us" hits theaters Aug. 30 and the group is currently on their North American tour, which wraps up Aug. 7 in Los Angeles, Calif. They also released the first dates for their 2014 stadium tour in Latin America, Ireland and United Kingdom, with more dates "coming soon."

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