Another tournament in the back of the net

On a summer’s afternoon on the 8th August, Freeths Solicitors’ Annual Football Tournament was under way. This year saw the tournament grow to 20 teams with over 170 people attending, which made for one big BBQ, all in aid of charity.

Freeths’ Football Tournament comprises of a men’s league and a women’s league, with five teams this year taking part in the women’s league.

When the Tournament started in August 2013, there were just eight teams with no sign of a women’s league.

The organisations that took part in this charity event included Savills, Strutt & Parker, Cluttons, and Scott Fraser. Also getting some goals in the back of the net were Chadlington Brewery, Paul Basham Associates and Grant Thornton. There was also an excellent turnout from Oxfordshire’s accountancy practices such as The M Group, Shaw Gibbs, Critchleys, Wellers and Whitley Stimpson. This tournament has a running theme of accountants winning the trophy in the past and this year was no different. The M Group claimed the men’s league trophy for the second year in a row, in a battle of the accountants’ final with Wellers, they managed to seek victory with a 2-0 win.

Chadlington Brewery took the trophy in the women’s league with Grant Thornton as runners up in a great final. It is fair to say this summer has seen a lot of female football with the World Cup and this tournament. Co-captains of the Freeths’ women’s team Laura Brown and Anna Power said “We were so impressed with the turn out for the women’s league this year and it was great to see women at all different levels within their organisation come together to make a great tournament, we hope to see more teams take part in the league next year!”

Director in the Real Estate department at Freeths Solicitors, Desh Patel, and members of the Freeths’ women’s team handed out medals and trophies to the runners up and winners at the end of the evening, whilst enjoying food provided by Black Lemon Catering. Desh said, “It was great to see many more entries into the men’s and women’s leagues this year. Each year the Tournament has grown in popularity, but what we like most about hosting this event is bringing together local businesses to do something different in the aid of charity.”

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