On February 28th, 2019 at Shepherd’s Bush, FBB hosted the FBB Charity Cup, a football tournament with companies from across London to raise money for our programmes.
Chelsea FC Foundation, Football Radar, Nike, Adidas, Sky Sports and Salesforce were some of the teams present at the tournament.
The event started with a warm welcome from hosts PlayFootball, informing all the participants on the rules, and then moved onto Lizzi Hollis, the FBB Head of Fundraising, who gave the participants a greater insight into who we are and what FBB does.
“Football Beyond Borders is a vehicle for empowerment, it gives young people a more accurate perception of what their potential truly is and provides them with the tools to get there,” Lizzi said.
Debra Nelson, a former FBB participant and now project assistant, spoke about her personal experience working with FBB and the meaning this charity holds in her heart.
Debra was followed by Dan Khan, CEO and Founder of Urban Panda. He expanded upon Debra’s comments, and spoke of his efforts to support FBB. All the money he made from any sales of his products at the event would go directly toward FBB’s programs.
The tournament kicked off as 13 teams were whittled down to 2 in an epic final between Chelsea FC Foundation and Football Radar, with each side showing of their skills that had bought them to this showdown. Football Radar emerged the victors on the night, bringing home a 4-2 win.
Matthew Maylon from Football Radar described his experience at the tournament.
“The event certainly reinforced how important FBB are and what a brilliant job they continue to do in improving the lives of young people,” Matthew said. “Some of the young people who the charity have helped were at the event and hearing their stories really was an inspiration and reminds you of why events like this are organised.”
We are extremely grateful to all of our competitors and the effort they put in.
And a special thank you to Matthew Graham, Events Manager at PlayFootball and Dan from Urban Panda. Without the support of these two none of this would have been possible!
We are also proud to say that we raised over £3,000! All of this will go toward continuing to better the lives of young people in the UK. “My goal for the football tournament was to bring together our corporate partners, and forge closer relationships with our donors through a fun event,” Lizzi said. “Not only were we able to raise money to support the FBB Schools’ programme enrichment and rewards, but we had a lot of fun as well.”
It is great to see how football can do so much good to the lives of many.