22 May 2024, 13:24
By Furniture News Jul 19, 2023

Charity football tournament raises £5800

The Furniture Makers’ Company’s annual five-a-side football tournament, the Tim Bloyce Memorial Cup, has raised £5800 in aid of the charity, with HFD crowned the winners of the 2023 competition.

The one-day event, which was sponsored by Ocee & Four Design, again took place at the Lucozade Powerleague Football Centre, Coventry, on Sunday 2nd July.

Now in its ninth year, the tournament was renamed the Tim Bloyce Memorial Cup in 2022 as a tribute to the late Tim Bloyce, a devoted football enthusiast and employee of Ocee & Four Design, who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) last year.

Twelve teams from furnishing retailers, manufacturers, distributors and service providers including Celtheath, Crofts & Assinder, Florco, Häfele UK, HFD, Jay-Be, Lee Longlands & Co, Ocee & Four Design, and Whitemeadow Furniture, were among those competing.

The action kicked off at 1pm with the group stages, in which the Long Eaton Wanderers (Celtheath) looked to be the early favourites. At the end of the group stage, the top eight teams progressed to the main competition’s knockout tournament.

However, the Long Eaton Wanderers were knocked out by Jay-Be FC, who were then defeated by It Is What It Is (Crofts & Assinder), ensuring the latter’s place in the final. On the other side of the bracket, HFD Coleshill Sales overcame the Whitemeadow Wanderers and Häfele to secure their spot.

In the final match, HFD Coleshill Sales dominated the game, scoring four goals compared to one.

The tournament concluded with an awards ceremony, where Mark Jones of HFD Coleshill Sales was honoured with the Player of the Tournament trophy. Following the ceremony, participants enjoyed a barbecue.

Jonny Westbrooke, CEO of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “Another year and another fantastic Tim Bloyce Memorial Cup, made possible by the support of our sponsor, Ocee & Four Design. Over the past decade, the Tim Bloyce Memorial Cup has become a prominent event in our fundraising calendar. It not only helps us raise funds but also raises awareness of the essential support our charity provides to individuals in the furniture and furnishing industry. We extend our thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to our impressive result of £5800.”

Alistair Gough, group CEO of Ocee & Four Design, adds: “Ocee & Four Design are delighted to sponsor this key fundraising event in the name of Tim Bloyce who was a highly valued colleague for 30 years and a great football enthusiast. The Furniture Makers’ charity supported Tim brilliantly during the last year of his life – it is therefore wonderful to see companies coming out in support of the event, enabling the charity to continue its great work.”

The next Tim Bloyce Memorial Cup will take place on Sunday 7th July 2024.

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