Qualco UK raised more than £1,700 for charities Princess Alice Hospice and the Campaign against Living Miserably (CALM) at its inaugural seven-a-side charity football tournament on Friday 2 November.
Teams from firms including Air Products, Cabot Credit Management, Esme Loans, Founded, Harlequins FC, Secon, Shard Financial Media, Sigma and Tesco Mobile competed across two leagues to secure the brand new Qualco Cup and Plate. Founded won the Cup competition with Tesco Mobile close runners up, and Cabot Credit Management took home the Plate in the first annual tournament.
The event took place at Walton Casuals’ new £20 million stadium Waterside Drive in Surrey. Qualco UK is a sponsor of Walton Casuals Juniors FC; it recently donated money to kit out its Under 11s Stags. The teams enjoyed a healthy dose of competition with some five-star performances on show, and no bookings or theatrical dives in sight.
Players enjoyed a surprise appearance from former Fulham FC legend Les Strong, who presented the awards whilst offering anecdotes into his time as a professional footballer playing alongside George Best and Bobby Moore, and against the likes of Pele.
Claire Woodward, Senior Partnership Fundraiser at the Hospice said: “What a great result! A huge thank you to Qualco for organising this – all those who turned out to play and the supporters as well.”
Qualco UK’s managing director, Christian Jacob commented, “We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the teams who donated their time and money towards two worthy charities. We are delighted to have raised more than £1,700. It was a great success and we are already looking forward to battling it out to win the Cup next year!”