Football Beyond Borders (FBB), Sported and the legal firm Mishcon de Reya teamed up to deliver a memorable tournament that raised over £4000 to help FBB and Sported continue their crucial work in communities.
“It was fantastic to see a lot of the young FBB students playing and getting involved with the organising. It was a real pleasure to watch” reflected Edward Hughes-Power, a partner at Mischon.
He added: “I think this couldn’t have happened without the support and organisation of the people of FBB and Sported”.
One such key figure in the proceedings was none other than FBBs own young student Kian Hill, who was one of the referees. “I found the experience to be really enjoyable” he said. “It has allowed me to develop my refereeing skills”.
Having been chosen as a charity partner of the year by Mishcon de Reya, the event offered FBB an opportunity to demonstrate the work we do with our young people.
Jasper Kain, FBB’s co-drector thought that “with so many FBB students, staff and volunteers heavily involved it really gave us a chance to show what we are about. Through the important skills we use in football – like teamwork, communication, organisation – our young people were able to play an active role in setting-up and running this event. This is what our work is all about at FBB – giving our students the tools to seize their dreams, to open their eyes to new possibilities.”
Kain’s comments were readily demonstrated when one of the teams were forced to drop out at the last minute. FBB’s young people and staff averted disaster by forming another one on the spot. “That was great. It really added to the tournament, and seeing everyone show their dedication to come together was especially pleasing” added Kain.
These sentiments were echoed by Mishcon de Reya’s Hughes-Power who saw this event as one that enhanced the firm’s relationship with FBB. “We’ve done a few things so far, but this sort of event really kicks it off very well. We’ve got a project next week with FBB, which is a bit more on the literacy side, not just fundraising . It’s really exciting times and we’re really pleased it went so well tonight!”
Asked if he felt whether there was a possibility of turning the event into an annual he replied: “Absolutely!”.
Exciting times indeed.