A record 21 teams took part in accountancy firm HURST’s fourth annual corporate five-a-side football tournament, which raised £2,000 for charity. The event, held at the Powerleague Trafford Soccerdome, attracted entries from a range of sectors, including financial services, legal, logistics, construction, technology, IT and communications.
Two telecoms companies battled it out in the final. Chess Telecom, of Alderley Edge, proved the more mobile by overcoming Manchester-based Beanstalk Telecom to win the trophy. Chess Telecom’s Aaron Burns was voted player of the tournament. All proceeds go to HURST’s charity of the year, The Mustard Tree, which supports homeless and other marginalised people across Greater Manchester. Ben Bradley, an audit senior at HURST, who organised the event, said: “This was our biggest tournament to date, and it was another resounding success, featuring a vets’ league for the first time to cater for players aged over 35.
“It was a great opportunity for professionals and businesspeople from across the region to enjoy sport, network and raise money for a worthy cause. “
Quite a number of firms have already said they will be taking part again next year, when we hope to build on the success of the 2014 competition and attract even more entrants.” The photograph below shows the victorious Chess Telecom team with player of the tournament Aaron Burns holding the trophy. Photo credit: Peter Cull.