Technology & IT Heat Edinburgh
Date – Thursday 17th August
Reigning Technology & IT Champions
Technology & IT Sector helps Business Fives pass £10,000 charity goal
Over £2,137 was raised for charities across Scotland as the footballing contingent of the Technology & IT sector gathered in Edinburgh, a total which took Business Fives over its £10,000 summer season target as it reached the half way mark of the season.
Supported by industry partners ScotlandIS and sponsors White Tree Chiropractic, the event was a goal fest averaging out at just under 6 goals a game across the 24 matches. Companies taking part were all playing with one goal in mind, to win for their chosen charity with organisations such as CLIC Sargent, the Homeless World Cup Foundation, Kids in Sport and Down’s Syndrome Association just a few of the charities benefiting.
A commendable fundraising effort from eventual champions league semi-finalists, Pulsant raised £550 for their chosen charity, CLIC Sargent who help support children and families affected by cancer. Dacoll raised a brilliant £286 for Kids in Sport as they qualified from the heat via the champions league. In their first outing at Business Fives both Zonal teams reached their respective semi-finals and raised £300 for Hope for Children in the build-up.
The tournament has introduced a tiered system and Avaloq took advantage of the new qualification route by winning the Europa League final, raising £245 for Down’s Syndrome Association along the way. Europa League finalists, Houseology raised £150 for Shelter and group runners up Freeagent raised £75 for Redwoods Caring Foundation.
The event finished with a Q & A session with Business Fives ambassadors Pat Stanton, Gary Mackay and Rhonda Jones. The trio of Scottish internationals shared stories from their glittering careers. Rhonda has just been recognised in Hampdens Hall of Fame for winning 117 caps for Scotland, scoring 4 goals from centre half. Pat, a legend amongst Hibs fan having made almost 400 appearances for them in a career that saw him play against greats of the game like Eusebio, Johan Cruyff and George Best who he singled out as the best of his generation. Mackay, who holds the records for the most ever appearances in a Hearts strip, called for the club to appoint the right manager to lead the club forward. He also thinks Scottish football is lucky to have such a special manager in Brendan Rodgers and that every manager in the country should be trying to learn his formula for success.
Tournament sponsor, Dr Gary Blackwood said “We here at White Tree Chiropractic 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.”
The tournament initially saw 3 groups playing to qualify for the Champions League, Europa League and Intertoto Cup group stages. Dacoll, Cooper Software and Pulsant set the benchmarks as they booked their place in the Champions League group stages. Houseology, Freeagent and a team from Zonal were the best of the rest as they reached the Europa League groups.
The champions league saw everyone take points of each other as the sides had to be separated by goal difference with Cooper Software eventually topping the group thanks to an impressive 7-0 win over Pulsant. Zonal topped their Europa League as they booked a semi-final showdown with Dacoll hoping to reverse an earlier 2-1 defeat. They couldn’t manage the feat as Dacoll continued their form winning by the same margin as they booked their place in the national finals.
In the final, a stunning performance from Patrick Kelly, singled out by the Business Fives ambassadors as the man of the match drove his side to victory over Dacoll, reversing the result in their earlier meeting to win a very close match 2-1. Cooper Software will now go on to the final hoping add to their £100 fundraising total for the Homeless World Cup Foundation.
Over in the Europa League it was Avaloq who found their form recording 4 back to back wins over PureLiFi, Zonal and Freeagent helped largely to goals from Olly Howell and Gordon Allan with the latter finishing top scorer for the heat on 12. Houseology also booked their spot in the Europa League final with a semi-final win over Zonal. The final was a thriller with both sides locked at 4-4 until an infringement in the box handed Avaloq a penalty which they took full advantage of eventually running out 6-4 winners to secure their place at the national final in September as the second intertoto cup champions to progress.
The action continues this month with 4 more industry sector qualifiers across Glasgow and Edinburgh as the tournament now 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."