The Furniture Makers’ Company’s annual five-a-side football tournament, the Sealy Cup, saw nine teams from companies from across the furnishing industry, including Burbidge, BrightHouse, Celtheath, Cabinet Maker, Hypnos, Lebus and Welcome Furniture, battle it out at the Powerleague Derby Soccerdome on 17th July.
The competition was fierce, with even Ben Burbidge, the master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, lacing up his boots to try to bring home the coveted Sealy Cup. Ultimately, a team consisting of staff from retailer BrightHouse and supplier Welcome Furniture were named champions. Andy Lunt from BrightHouse was awarded Player of the Tournament.
In addition to the tournament, each team was able to play an eight-minute game against Burnley FC’s Vintage Clarets, a team of ex-professional football players captained by John Deary.
Now in its fourth year, the one-day tournament is sponsored by Sealy and Cabinet Maker.
Ben Burbidge, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “The annual Sealy Cup has established itself as an enjoyable day for furnishing industry employees to take part in while raising vital funds and awareness of what the charity does."
Holly Venning, brand marketing manager at Sealy, says: “The tournament was certainly the best one yet! It’s always a great day and it’s fantastic to see so many people from across the industry getting involved. We’re delighted that the Clarets took part again this year, they definitely had a lot of fun! We, as ever, are extremely pleased to support such a worthwhile charity which does a lot for the industry.”