Teams score charity win for the Prince’s Trust
Fourteen teams descended on Bradford on 20 May to go head to head in a five-a-side football tournament and raise thousands of pounds for the UK’s leading charity for young people.
Between the goals, tackles and near misses, the players helped raise an amazing £4,000 for the Prince’s Trust, the nominated charity of Incommunities chief executive Geraldine Howley as President of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
Three Incommunities sides were joined by teams from West Yorkshire, the North East, North West, London and the Midlands who faced each other in group matches and then knock-out stages.
The competition, held at Goals Bradford, was organised by Incommunities, as last year’s five-a-side Footy4Foodbank champions.
This year’s winners were again Incommunities who beat a team from Orbit 2-1 in a tense final and repeated the housing group’s 2015 success.
Geraldine Howley presented the winner’s trophy and medals and said: "This tournament marks one of the fundraising highlights of my presidential year. These past 12 months have been memorable and humbling for the fantastic support shown by housing colleagues, organisations and the CIH membership right across the UK. Today, it’s been wonderful to see teams from London to the North East come together and help raise thousands more pounds for the Prince’s Trust and its life changing work.
"Well done to the winners - Incommunities’ building services team - and all the sides who took part. Hopefully, this annual five-a-side football competition can become a fixture in future CIH presidential calendars!"
As well as Incommunities, ten housing associations and businesses competed: Horton Housing, Yorkshire Housing, Orbit, City West Housing Trust, Together Housing, Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Gentoo, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Poplar HARCA and the NPS Group.