Futaba Manufacturing added the 5-a-side title to the 7-a-side trophy then won earlier this year, with a comprehensive display in the most recent Friends of Burnley FC in the Community football tournament.
Organised by the Clarets’ official charity, the tournament brings together partner businesses who support the work of the organisation throughout the year. Playing in a fun, friendly environment and meeting other businesses, the competition provided an opportunity for colleagues to get together outside of work hours.
Nelson and Colne College Sports Centre, operated by BFCitC, played host to the eight teams across two pitches in its indoor sports hall. The teams were split into two pools of four, with everyone facing all the other teams in their group. Those matches where followed by cross-group play-off games to determine the final rankings.
Rapid IT, playing in their first tournament, managed to avoid the wooden spoon spot, which ultimately went to Business over Breakfast. The BoB team featured employees from HK Applegate Insurance, Buffalo Plumbing, Integrated Facilities and Lloyds Bank, as well as Chris Wood of Hometyre East Lancs (no, not that Chris Wood!)
The SHOUT Burnley team were beaten by a strong Friends team, which was made up of individuals drawn randomly from all of the teams taking part. There was a wonder goal from SHOUT’s Richard Singleton, as the defensive efforts of M65 Recruitment’s Chris Rogers and Tricketts Insurance’s Scott Swainbank couldn’t keep the opposition at bay.
It was a tasty affair in the third place play-off, as O2 Burnley and Warburtons battled it out for the bronze medal position. With tired legs leading to tired minds, and the waft of the post-match pie and peas circulating the hall (courtesy of The Ark Catering), the game drew to a tense finale with O2 just edging the fixture.
The final saw two manufacturing giants take on each other, with Futaba going head-to-head with VEKA.
Futaba and VEKA suffered early season defeats to Friends of and Rosegrove FC Coaches in 11-a-side summertime charity games respectively. However, both bounced back with strong performances in the 7-a-side competition, with Futaba eventually running out winners.
The game was an end-to-end affair but the old heads of Mick Duxbury and his troops proved the difference (his words!)
Futaba were ecstatic with the win, so much so they managed to leave the trophy behind whilst celebrating exuberantly.
Friends of footy will be back in the New Year! If you want more information about the Friends of Burnley FC in the Community scheme, please contact our Business Development Executive, Ryan Bradley, by emailing email@example.com.