Black & White Newcastle Office were invited to take part in the Newcastle Business Fives summer football event on Thursday 25th August. The event runs twice a year and is part of a series of corporate charity esports, golf and football events hosted by Business Fives across the UK. Through past events, fundraisers have manged to raise over £325,000 for numerous charities, with over £15,000 distributed to the chosen charity of the winners and runners up from the recent winter season events. The August event in Newcastle was the 8th qualifier of the summer, with a total of fourteen regional qualifying events held across the UK over the course of the summer. With £500 worth of donations on offer and 3 qualifying spots for the National Final to be held in Leeds in October up for grabs there was plenty to play for.
After 7 hard fought matches our Black & White team made it to the Europa League final where we managed to hang on for a well-deserved 3-2 victory and were crowned Europa League winners, bagging the final qualification spot for the national finals in Leeds, as well as a £150 donation for our chosen office charity, The Newcastle United Foundation (https://www.nufoundation.org.uk/).
The Champions League final was ultimately won by DAC Beachcroft, securing them the top prize of a £350 donation to their chosen charity, Cancer Connections.
Following the finals, players were treated to a few stories from Geordie Alan Thompson from his playing days at Newcastle Utd, Bolton and Celtic prior to the trophy presentations. By the end of the event, 21 companies had combined to score 266 goals in 66 games raising £1,605 for charity in the process.
Huge thanks go to all the sponsors, players and Business Fives Ltd for a fantastic event that raises much needed funds for some worthy charities. It was a pleasure the be part of it.