Successful 5-a-side football tournament for The Pepper Foundation

Charity Event

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On Thursday 7th July 2022 we held our inaugural Charity Football Tournament at Lucozade Power League in Watford. The 5-a-side tournament attracted teams from many local companies who all got involved in the fun. Thank you to everyone from the following companies for taking part and helping to raise funds for The Pepper Foundation.

Our winning team were clients Telnik Roofing Ltd who were superstar players! They went home with trophies, beers and massive smiles!  Everyone had a great evening, and the football was followed by a BBQ which the players and spectators were both able to enjoy. Families and colleagues of the teams came along to cheer on, and it truly was an incredible evening.

The tournament raised £2,282 for The Pepper Foundation an exceptional charity that we have supported for the last few years! We are proud to sponsor The Pepper Foundation and their work in providing hospice at home care for seriously ill children in Bucks and Herts. We would love it if you could take the time out to see what they do and how you can get involved. To make any further donations to the charity click here. 

Hillier Hopkins 5-a-side Football Tournament in aid of The Pepper Foundation

Hillier Hopkins Team Captain, Sam Hodson, match report

The long-awaited inaugural (yes! There will be future events) Hillier Hopkins charity 5-a-side football tournament in support of The Pepper Foundation at Power league Watford kicked off with three groups of four teams competing for their place in the quarterfinals on a roasting summer evening.

Group A, which was subsequently touted as the group of death by Power League’s referees was topped by M.K. Ginder and Sons, with Telnik Roofing going through automatically in second place. Hillier Hopkins had to wait on the results of the other groups to confirm they had gone through as one of the best placed 3rd teams. Whilst Machins Solicitors unfortunately went out at the group stage and will be looking for footballing revenge and a kinder group draw in future tournaments.

The Quanta first team and VWV Law progressed automatically from Group B, whilst Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors unfortunately missed out on the knockout stage narrowly by not being one of the best 3rd place teams.

In Group C, SA Law impressively won their group, with a second Quanta team coming in second and Metro Bank making it through as one of the best third placed teams. Watford Chamber of Commerce were knocked out in last place.

As the group stages ended and the BBQ food queue grew, everything was still to play for in the knockout rounds.

MK Ginder dispatched Metro Bank 8-2. Telnik Roofing beat Quanta One 8-5. Hillier Hopkins were weighed down by the BBQ food as they succumbed to a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of SA Law. Quanta Two completed the semi-final line-up, winning by a penalty shootout over VWV Law.

The semi-finals were less close as MK Ginder beat SA Law 11-1 and Telnik Roofing won against Quanta Two 9-0.

In what was a thrilling final, Telnik Roofing narrowly overcame the tournaments high scorers MK Ginder, 4-3 in what was a rematch of their opening group stage game. Having lost that first encounter, Telnik showed the endurance needed to succeed at tournament football and were worthy winners.

The tournament played out with all the teams displaying great sportsmanship, surprisingly good football and indeed their charitable natures as a whopping £2,282 was raised for The Pepper Foundation. The Pepper Foundation is a fantastic small charity raising money to help fund children’s hospice home nursing care in Bucks and Herts.

Hillier Hopkins would like to thank all the teams and firms involved, Power League Watford and of course The Pepper Foundation, for what was a fantastic event.

"This is a fun and exciting environment, and our lads love football"

"As a company we love to get involved with supporting as many charities as we can. This is a fun and exciting environment, and our lads love football, we love getting involved in this sort of thing. We came over from Aylesbury today and it has given us the opportunity to meet other people who are all coming together to help out in supporting this great charity, and to win as well has just been brilliant!"
Jack Seaton, Captain of the Telnik Roofing team

"Without the support of companies such as Hillier Hopkins and the companies that participated in the event, families might not have access to a children's hospice at home service in Herts and Bucks."

"The Pepper Foundation would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Hillier Hopkins for arranging this fantastic 5-a-side football tournament, and to all of the teams that participated. We were happy to be invited along to watch the action; there was a fantastic atmosphere at the event, and we enjoyed meeting the teams! We're sure there were a lot of tired legs on Friday morning! The donations received will help local families caring for children with life-limiting conditions; without the support of companies such as Hillier Hopkins and the companies that participated in the event, families might not have access to a children's hospice at home service in Herts and Bucks."
Dom Graham, volunteer at the Pepper Foundation