With the Champion’s League final still reverberating around the North East and world cup fever growing, we hosted our annual Channel Cup event, which saw 10 teams competing in a 5‐a‐side football tournament at the prestigious Stamford Bridge, competing to be crowned the winner.
Would early favourites Virocom walk away with the trophy? How would the rivalry – now in its third year – between Sprout IT and Exponential‐e’s team play out? Were hotly‐tipped players such as Ronnie Lewis of Blue Saffron ready to fly down the channels (sorry) and catch the eye as the man of the match?
Fresh after the bank holiday, the teams were up for the challenge and immediately we saw goals, tackles and very little in the way of a ‘friendly kickabout’. However, the British weather brought the cup to a premature end when the heavens opened and flooded the pitch after an hour. Due to the volume of water and low lighting, the event had to be cut short for safety reasons.
Despite the inclement weather, we were still able to crown Silver Cloud the winners based on the games played up to that point; they’d not lost a game and scored the most goals, looking on course for a campaign to rival Arsenal’s Invincibles. We look forward to seeing the team next year as they mount a defence of their title.
The event was in aid of the Josh Carrick Foundation. The charity is run by Steve Carrick, Josh’s father, who set up the Foundation after his son sadly lost his battle to testicular cancer at just the age of 21. Josh has just finished Uni and had secured a dream job with IBM. It’s a reminder of just how precious life is and we’re enormously proud to have raised £7,000 to help the organisation with their mission to fund research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer for the advancement of health. The event also provided funds for technological advances in cancer research and raised awareness of testicular cancer.
Finally, the day ended up as all good cup finals do – at the bar. Both winners and those forlornly clutching runner‐up medals and staring at the heavens cracked open the drinks to celebrate the day and the fantastic reason behind it.
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the day such a success and their generous donations to such a great cause. Planning for next year will soon commence, so keep an eye out for the details!