Pickfords Government Contracts Department sponsors winning youth football team

Wormley Youth Reds romp home winners after a nail biting final!

As part of our commitment to our initiatives to support the communities we serve,  Pickfords’ Government Contracts Department has recently sponsored Hertfordshire based, Wormley Youth Reds under 9’s Football team.

Wormley Youth Reds were one of 6 teams from the Herts area taking part in the Sheredes 3 wishes charity tournament on Sunday 13th May. Following their heartbreak in their League cup final loss on Saturday, the boys showed their resilience and determination to never give up and went in to the tournament with one objective, to bring home the cup!

Two wins, two draws and a narrow loss against the tournament favourites saw them through to the Semi finals but not before there was a penalty shoot out to determine the 3rd & 4th spot due to goal difference. Two terrific saves from the Wormley #1, led to them finishing 3rd in their group games and facing one of two teams playing who were in a league above and 2nd favourites in the tournament, in the semi’s!  A sublime strike from the Wormley #8 helped secure an exciting 1-0 win over Hoddesdon Whites and took them through to the final, which set up a local derby against our nearest rivals, Broxbourne United Oranges.

With the end of full time in sight, very little separated the two teams as they both fought hard, grinding out a 0-0 draw and taking it to penalties, again!

A nail biting penalty shoot out saw some strikes worthy of Wembley and the Wormley goalie again producing some fine quality saves. Following a tense few moments of Wormley having to take a 2nd deciding penalty due to the referee losing track in all the excitement, the Wormley #7 stepped up and smashed his penalty in to the back of the net!! The contest ended 4-2, Wormley Youth Reds triumphant winners 2018!

Well done boys, from all of us at Pickfords!

Annual football tournament raises £200 for NSPCC

Well done to Imty and Dan from Pickfords’ International Sales for organising this year’s Pickfords Football Tournament, raising £194 for the NSPCC.

Head office team Pickfords FC claimed first place by six consecutive match wins, beating a team of Managers and Directors 5-2 in the final.

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A mixed team from the North region came in third place, while a crew from Pickfords’ Birmingham branch claimed fourth.

Other highlights included the nail-biting Managers/Directors v Birmingham match, finishing 7-6 to the Managers with all six outfield players scoring, and Pickfords North taking a 7-0 thrashing against Pickfords FC!

Well done to all involved; roll on next year!

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Birmingham dominates Pickfords charity football tournament

Pickfords’ Birmingham branch was the star of the first annual NSPCC Charity Football Tournament, surviving 5 matches unbeaten against teams from across the network, to lift the trophy for first place.

The Tournament was held as Powerleague Fives, Milton Keynes, raising £315 for the NSPCC. Pickfords FC, a team from the Wembley Head Office, secured 2nd place, while Pickfords York placed 3rd.

Highlights of the day included:

  • The Senior Managers & Directors team taking a 14-4 thrashing against Pickfords FC
  • Team FCO being awarded 5 penalties in a row
  • Pickfords FC’s Dan Pettit performing a cartwheel after scoring a hat-trick in the semi-final against Croyden
  • Corporate Sales Director Simon Johns scoring with his first touch

Thanks to the organisers and all the players and spectators for making it such an enjoyable day. The next Tournament is planned for April 2015.

The victorious Birmingham team: Marc Fisher, Nick Ling, Paul Curtis, Ethan Curtis, Harry Bateman, Peter Wallace, James Wallace and Neil Abbott

The victorious Birmingham team: Marc Fisher, Nick Ling, Paul Curtis, Ethan Curtis, Harry Bateman, Peter Wallace, James Wallace and Neil Abbott