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Home / Entertainment / Celebrity Cup fever hits the Celtic Manor as Gethin Jones launches his own charity initiative

Celebrity Cup fever hits the Celtic Manor as Gethin Jones launches his own charity initiative

What better way to spend a Saturday than watching some of the country’s top golf-loving celebs hit the green at the Celtic Manor at the 2016 Celebrity Cup?

Stars confirmed for this year’s tournament include Rob Brydon, Denise van Outen, Anton du Beke, Mike Tindall, Ben Shephard, Keith Duffy, Brian McFadden, Philip Glenister, Brendan O’Carroll, Ioan Gruffudd, Thom Evans and Greig Laidlaw.

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The Welsh team pop the Champagne at the Celebrity Cup in 2015

Also returning from last year’s winning Welsh team is TV and radio presenter Gethin Jones, who is hoping not to see Gareth Bale back at the tournament – for the right reasons of course.

“As much as I love Gar, I am hoping to not see him on Saturday,” said Gethin, speaking to Wales Online ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 semi final against Portugal.

“It’s just brilliant how everyone has got behind the team in France.”

See some of the action from last year’s Celebrity Cup at the Celtic Manor



Gareth Bale teeing off



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But there’ll be no love lost between the nations going head-to-head at the Celebrity Golf Cup, Gethin adds, as a lot of the teams are made up of former sportsmen, the competitiveness steps up a level.

“The thing is, players like Mike Tindall and Jiffy is that they were all professional athletes, so once we get out on the green they mean business. I think the Irish team have even brought a few substitutes this year.

“But of course it’s great fun when you have people like Rob Brydon there. And the Welsh squad is fantastic, it would be great to win again this year.”

But it’s not just golf that Gethin has been brushing up on recently, the Heart presenter has been working hard training for the Cardiff triathlon, a day which also saw him launch his charity, Nai, in aid of autistic children in Wales.

Gethin explained: “My friend Sion and I set the charity up because we both have nephews with autism, Nai is Welsh for nephew and we thought it was a perfect name. And I am so lucky that I can raise the profile for this. We launched it with the Caridff triathlon a couple of weekends ago, which was great, but Sion hadn’t ever run more than three kilometres before, so I had to put him on a 12 week training programme.

“We have a few more physical challenges in the diary.”

And he went on to explain why the cause was important to highlight: “As a society we are so aware of physical disabilities but not when it comes to mental disabilities. I want to give autistic children the the opportunity to excel in life.”

For more information about Nai, click here.

The Celebrity Cup returns to the Celtic Manor Resort on 9-10 July.

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