Huntswood retain the title for charity
Huntswood retained the Cup they won last year in the Reading FC Former Players' Association Charity 5-A-Side tournament.
The competition, played out at Goals Soccer Centre in Woodley, attracted 12 teams made up mostly of teams from local companies and businesses around Reading and raised £1, 058 for two worthwhile charities. The profits will be shared equally between two worthy causes, Daisy's Dream and St. Lukes Hospital, Dublin.
George Friel, co-organiser and Vice-chairman of the Former Players' Association, commented:
"A big thanks to all involved and personally a thank you to Kate Parkinson who has helped me with this 5-a-side for many years now. This year we are supporting two great charities in Daisy's Dream and Friends of St Luke's hospital Dublin. St. Luke's Hospital charity is very personal to me. I lost my Dad who was my role model to cancer and the hospital looked after him brilliantly during his illness I feel honoured that we could raise money in his memory. Daisy's Dream is a Berkshire based charity that responds to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement."
Huntswood went five matches unbeaten as they marched on to the final where they beat ‘The Zebra Team' 2-0 to lift the Cup while Field Seymour Parkes beat Penta Hotel 4-1 to win the Plate competition.
Steve Mills, the Risk Director of our sponsor Huntswood, a specialist resourcing and consultancy firm in governance, compliance and complaints spoke about supporting the event and of his team's success:
"It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the day which was well organised and well attended – the weather behaved which always helps – and it was great to see such a good standard of football played in good spirit and, of course, to cap it all with another victory for Huntswood was great!
He added: "I hope that the former players' association got what they wanted from the day – always good to see and get to chat to some of the former players - and that, in addition, some cash was raised for both good causes. It was fantastic to see the Huntswood banners around the place as we continue to strive to support local events and play a bigger role in the local community."
As if to prove their dominance of the competition, Huntswood beat a former Reading FC team 2-0 in a post-competition exhibition match.
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