Silverstone Leasing will make it a hat-trick of football fundraisers this summer when they host their third annual five-a-side charity soccer tournament.
Silverstone Soccer 2022 takes place on Sunday, July 24, at Daventry Town Football Club, to raise money for the vehicle leasing company’s nominated charity of the year, Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
Businesses from across Northamptonshire are being urged to form a team and don their football boots for the event, which will see 16 teams compete for the much-coveted winner’s title. Seven sides have already registered to take part.
The popular fundraiser is the brainchild of Ryan Bishop, sales manager at Silverstone Leasing. The self-confessed football fanatic decided to use his local business contacts and love of football to raise much needed funds for the hospice for the first time at the beginning of 2020.
Ryan was amazed by the response and the impressive amount of money raised, which motivated him to make it an annual event.
He also previously spearheaded the incredible #Sing4Cynthia social media campaign, which saw people from across the local business community film themselves singing songs and upload them to LinkedIn with the hashtag #Sing4Cynthia and then pledging money to a JustGiving page and nominating two other people to take part.
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to support Cynthia Spencer Hospice. The work they do makes an incredible difference to local families when they need help the most.
“The Silverstone Soccer event is a lot of fun to host and organise and we are proud to use such a fantastic event to make a difference to the hospice and the families it looks after. We are delighted to be running it again this summer and thrilled to have newcomers entering as well as last year’s teams coming back. We’d now like to encourage more local businesses to take part and help us collect cash for this amazing cause.”
With space limited to just 16 teams, Ryan is urging businesses to register as soon as possible. Each team needs seven players and the £250 entry fee, which includes a shirt for each player featuring the team’s own business name. Trophies will be awarded at the end of the tournament to the winning team, runners up and player of the tournament.
Sponsorship packages are also available for businesses who would like to support the event in another way.
Nina Gandy, corporate partnerships fundraiser at Cynthia Spencer Hospice, said:
“The Silverstone Leasing team’s passion for this event is great to see and we’re so excited that Silverstone Soccer is back for another year.
“Ryan and the guys really have scored with this fantastic way to blend football, fundraising and some friendly competition into a regular fixture in the local business calendar that also serves as a great networking event for their contacts and customers. We can’t wait to support them again in 2022 and help them make sure this year’s event goes straight in the back of the net!”
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