Construction, Housing & Property Heat Edinburgh
Date – Thursday 24th August
Reigning Construction, Housing & Property Champions
Edinburgh Construction, Housing & Property sector builds on solid foundations
Edinburgh’s Construction, Housing & Property sector met at the sixth qualifying heat of Business Fives summer season as they raised £2,651 for various charities as 15 companies bid to earn their place in the final of the national business five-a-side tournament.
Companies combined to push Business Fives towards doubling its original charity target, with the current fundraising total at £17,691 thanks to the efforts of all involved for their chosen charities. The tournament was once again supported by industry partners Scottish Housing News, Scottish Construction Now and Scottish Property Federation as well as the Health and Wellbeing sponsors, White Tree Chiropractic.
Dr Gary Blackwood from WTC said “We here at WTC are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Business Fives, as we see sport and exercise as an integral part of healthy working offices. We all know that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent ill-health, lowering blood pressure, raising energy levels and improving productivity and focus.”
Admirable fundraising efforts from Morrison Construction saw them raise £600 for Marie Curie, Alzheimer Scotland and Macy as they reached the champions league stages getting out of a tight group. Group toppers Kingdom HA raised a fantastic £500 for their chosen charity Epilepsy Scotland. CALA Homes had two sides taking part, both reached the semi-finals of the champions league format having raised £272 for the Princes Trust.
Other notable contributions came from J & E Shepherd who raised £200 for MND Scotland on their way to a quarter final exit against Ark Housing Association who collected £100 for Edinburgh based homeless charity Foursquare. David Narro Associates and Hudson both raised £100 each for MacMillan. On their way to the final of the Europa League, Turner & Townsend raised £70 for SANDS Lothian while Cairn HA matched that total for Shelter Scotland. Champions League quarter finalists ESPC and DLA Piper raised £60 for Maggies and SAMH respectively.
David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation, said “We are delighted to support the Construction, Housing and Property heats of Business Fives again after such a success last year. Backing this unique event, whilst promoting healthy lifestyles, is something we are thrilled to be involved with. To hear that over £9,426 has been raised by our sector towards the £17,691 for good causes is great and we look forward to continuing to support this fun and competitive event.”
On the pitch, the tournament initially saw 4 groups of teams playing to qualify for the Champions League and Europa League stages. It was ESPC who were scoring freely notching up 12 goals opening group fixtures to finish ahead of DLA Piper and David Narro Associates. They were joined in the Champions League section by Kingdom HA and Castle Rock Edinvar who won all 3 opening of their group fixtures. In a much tighter group Hudson finished above both Morrison Construction and Weslo HM on goal difference to book their champions league place with Weslo having to settle for a Europa League semi-final spot finishing as the best placed third in the group stages.
The 2 teams from CALA managed 26 goals on their way to semi-final exits in the champions league with Craig Lynes helping himself to 8 goals to pick up the tournament top scorer award. It was teams from Hudson and Morrison Construction that came through the champions league semi-finals winning 2-1 and 3-0 respectively to set up a repeat of the earlier group fixture.
The match was played in a competitive and friendly spirit as both teams had safely booked their passage to the national finals. Both teams received penalties late in the game for infringements in the box as they eventually finished tied with 2 goals each. John Gaughan from Hudson was picked out by tournament Pat Stanton as his man of the match in the final as Hudson eventually won via a sudden death penalty shootout.
Over in the Europa League Turner & Townsend began to find some form with a 7 nil victory over Cairn HA. Ark Housing Association, the only mixed gender team in the tournament, recorded a 4-2 victory over surveyors, Shepherds. In the Associates derby Scott Bennett Associates overcame David Narro Associates 5-1 to secure a semi-final tie against Turner & Townsend.
Weslo HM, playing for the School Bank of West Lothian stopped Ark HA’s run in the semi-final with a 3-0 victory. They were joined by Turner & Townsend who overcame Scott Bennett Associates 1 nil. It was Turner & Townsend who eventually ran out 5-2 winners to secure qualification at the national final where they will go on to play to win the overall Business Fives donation for SANDS Lothian.
The final line up is taking shape with teams from Aviva, Scottish Gas, Scottish Water, Hudson, Morrison Construction, Turner & Townsend, Cathcart, Lacrosse, iomart, Anderson Strathern, BT, Edinburgh Airport, A.C. Whyte & Co., Sir Robert McAlpine, Cooper Software, Dacoll, Avaloq and Keepmoat Engie all booking their place already for the 14th September showdown.
The action continues this month with the Financial Services qualifier in Edinburgh as the tournament aims to double its original £10,000 target for charitable causes throughout Scotland. Follow all the action online on the Business Fives social media channels and website.
Companies we have involved:
"Business Fives works. Football, networking and raising awareness and money for a great cause. It's a great idea and it is well executed by John and his team."
"I recommend this event as all my team thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a well run tournament and everyone had an excellent day. Thank you and I am sure we will be participating again next year."
"Business Fives was a fantastic event and was organised superbly. The event offered a great opportunity for team building and business networking. The event covered everything you possibly could want with a tournament, good communication, excellent organisation and welcoming staff. This was a unique event and we at RPS wish it success in the future with the hope to return next year and make the finals."
"A great team building day out and a better way to speak with other similar services. Bit different from the usual business conference. Very enjoyable "
"I can't remember the last time I was as impressed with an organisation. Well done to all your staff for organising a fantastic day. I felt the competition was just fabulous. The staff were friendly and informative and knew exactly where each team was through the duration of the competition. "
"Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Really well organised and played in good spirit amongst all the teams."
"Business Fives was extremely well organised and a fantastic way to support charity. Our team thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and would recommend participation to anyone."
"Fun event supporting a local charity. We're starting our training now for next years event."
"The whole event was well organised with friendly staff and competitors. Would recommend taking part if you get the opportunity."
"An incredibly enjoyable, well organised event that built excitement and engagement up to the day and then delivered! Nice buzz in the office before, during and after."