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Company Shop FC bring the ‘Hope Cup’ back from Upton Park


30/05/2014


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On Sunday 25th May 2014, Company Shop sent its best players from across the business down to London, to play in a charity football tournament at West Ham’s iconic Upton Park Stadium

Company Shop FC bring the ‘Hope Cup’ back from Upton Park

Company Shop FC bring the ‘Hope Cup’ back from Upton Park
 
On Sunday 25th May 2014, Company Shop sent its best players from across the business down to London, to play in a charity football tournament at West Ham’s iconic Upton Park Stadium. The ‘Hope Cup’ was organised by the charity, Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, which provides prosthetic limbs to amputees across the developing world. The day was made up of a child’s tournament and an amputees match, before the adults got going in the evening.  
 
Company Shop will be handing over an amazing £5000 to the charity, which was raised collectively by Barnsley’s finest football talent; including Pickers and Packers, Distributors, Departmental Managers and Directors. The side were no doubt motivated by the cup final atmosphere (a feeling not all that familiar to West Ham fans) created by Warehouse Manager Tony Elmore, after he requested the national anthem be played as they took to the pitch before their first match. The team started strongly against ‘The Old Pros’, who turned out not to be quite so on top of their game, with Company Shop securing a 3-2 victory in the first match of the afternoon. They then battled to a 0-0 draw against Company Shop’s communications agency, PLMR, although the result was enough to see Company Shop go top of the group and into the final.
 
Spurred on by Team Captain, Phil Mott, Company Shop took a 1-0 lead in an epic final against team ‘Phoenix’ with a powerful strike into the back of the net from Daniel Highfield. Despite what their name might suggest, the opposition couldn’t score the goal to make them rise from the ashes, and Company Shop sealed their victory. Bartosz Pastuch was named ‘Man of the Match’ at the presentation ceremony and the team lifted the Hope Cup to rapturous applause.
 
Team Captain, Phil Mott, Packing Manager at Company Shop said:
 
“It was a fantastic day and great team building.  We were all completely overwhelmed by the experience of playing on a premiership pitch, but even more special was doing so with the knowledge that by taking part we were helping raise vital funds for such a good cause.
 
“To return home with the Hope Cup was just the icing on the cake.
 
“I will now retire from my un-impressive footballing career on a high!
 
Speaking about Company Shop’s contribution Isabelle Trick of Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope, added:
 
“The passion, commitment and generosity shown by Company Shop has been amazing.  Through their combined fundraising efforts, Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope will be able to help more limbless children around the world to walk, run and play like their peers. 
 
“Company Shop should be very proud of their achievement and contribution – on behalf of the charity we would like to thank the team from the bottom of our hearts.”

See the video about the Hope Cup

https://vimeo.com/98446529
 
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