Glasgow Networking Football Events – Summer at Business Fives
Green light for Business Fives Glasgow Networking Football Events in Glasgow
The Summer season of Glasgow networking football events got underway on the banks of the Clyde with the first of two events in Glasgow on Tuesday.
Businesses from a range of sectors gathered to stake their claim for the qualifying places up for grabs at the national final. With charity engrained in the ethos of the events it was law firm DAC Beachcroft who won the bragging rights lifting the top fundraiser trophy after raising £280 (and counting) for Beatson Cancer Charity.
Joyce Ross, Beatson Cancer Charity’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, said: “We are so grateful to be nominated as the beneficiary for this fantastic initiative.
“What a great idea to bring businesses together, while also supporting a charity. The money raised will allow Beatson Cancer Charity to continue supporting many patients and families facing cancer across the west of Scotland. Thank you and the best of luck for the rest of the tournament!”
On the pitch there was a repeat of last summer’s Glasgow event final, with iomart coming up against Grant Thornton once again. Whilst the score line was different the result was the same with the Grant Thornton team securing back-to-back summer victories by a 1 goal margin thanks to a late winner from Philip McNicholas and goals from each of their 4 outfield players. Grant Thornton will go on to bid to win the Business Fives donation for FEAT Sepsis Research while iomart will be playing for longstanding charity partner, JDRF.
It was iomarts Chris Howie who stole the individual headlines as he was singled out by Business Fives ambassador and former Ranger star, Alex Rae, as the Man of the match in the final. Chris also scored Business Fives 7,000th goal in the 1700th match as he opened his account for the day, the first of 20 as he finished as the tournament top goal scorer.
Ambassador and former Celtic player Bobby Petta was on hand to present the individual award for female player of the tournament which went to Megan Walsh from DAC Beachcroft.
As Iomart and Grant Thornton battled it out in the Champions league section Be-IT Resourcing overcame the City of Glasgow College on penalties to find themselves in the final against free scoring Dougall Baillie Associates who got past DAC Beachcroft in the semi finals.
Playing for Bloodwise it was the Dougall Baillie Associates team who eventually swept up the final qualifying spot as they finished 3-2 winners against the IT recruitment firm.
The action continues on Friday as the tournament travels south for the first of 9 qualifying events in England before the 2nd of six Scottish events in Edinburgh with a sell-out event next Tuesday. The full list of events can be found online here