TLC Takes the title!
Following a hard fought final, TLC etched their name onto the Manor Royal 6-a-side football Shield at the annual tournament organised by the Manor Royal BID in partnership with Freedom Leisure. Now in its seventh year, the event brings together companies from across the Business District for the glory of being crowned champions and taking the winners shield back to the office, warehouse, showroom, workshop or factory.
This year 15 teams and 120 footballers came together from a diverse mix of businesses including: TLC, Knights Property, Dyer & Butler Electrical, CGG, Motorline, Pharmacare, Frontier Piits, L3 Training Solutions, Mastercool, RAPP, Raven Roofing, Vega Europe, Vistec, Westcom, and B&CE. The event went down to a nail-biting penalty shoot-out with TLC finally winning 6-5 against the high scoring Knights Property after the game finished goal-less in normal time.
Charlie Iron, captain of the winning TLC team said, "It was a majestic effort by the lads to win the tournament and to go unbeaten, without letting in a single goal until penalties in the final. Everyone was still buzzing the next day. Our director even dug into his pockets to buy us a celebratory breakfast. The players are very proud of their winners' medals along with the trophy and shield, both of which are currently displayed on our trade counter."
Freedom Leisure have been involved with organising and hosting the tournament from the beginning in 2012. Since that time almost 100 teams and nearly 800 footballers have participated in the event designed to create connections between companies and support employee wellbeing. "We are really proud of our successful working partnership with the Manor Royal BID, to deliver this popular tournament for the 7th year", said Dave Downey, Active Communities Manager for Freedom Leisure in Crawley. "Our work is all about engaging with, and encouraging people to get and stay active - not only in their spare time, but during the working day too. This tournament is just a small step towards this and Freedom Leisure is looking forward to expanding the range of tournaments on offer to Manor Royal businesses in the near future".
"It was an excellent evening and the perfect warm up for the World Cup," Said Steve Sawyer Executive Director of the Manor Royal BID Company, "Freedom Leisure did a great job of organising the event that was both competitive and fun. I doubt we'll see as many high-scoring games in Russia."
Any companies from Manor Royal that want to take part in a future tournament, or have other ideas for other sports or leisure activities to support employee health and well-being should contact the Manor Royal BID Office.
View the Football Tournament Tables and Results Here