Leeds pub team crowned national champions in £445,000 fundraising five-a-side football

Staff from a pub in Leeds showed off their fancy footwork to be crowned the best JD Wetherspoon five-a-side team in the UK and Ireland after winning a tournament that raised hundreds of thousands for CLIC Sargent.

Leeds pub team crowned national champions in £445,000 fundraising five-a-side football

The team from the Becketts Bank pub in Leeds, was made up of team captain Sam Entwistle, Alfonso Varela, Liam Marshall, Miguel Garcia, Matty Gallagher, Danny Oldcorn and Dillon Johnson. The team, who travelled down to London for the final and came out on top of more than 500 branches, competed in the ‘Kick for CLIC Sargent’ tournament.

Kick for CLIC Sargent

Danny Oldcorn playing for Kick for CLIC Sargent winners Becketts BankNow in its 16th year, the event raised more than £445,000 for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people. The partnership between J D Wetherspoon and CLIC Sargent has raised more than £14 million for the charity since it began in 2002.

The winners were decided at a special knockout final event, which saw the 17 winners of regional competitions, held in September, face off at Goals in Wembley on Sunday, 1 October. The Becketts Bank team emerged as the final victors, beating Forty Foot from Dun Laoghaire, 2-0 in a hard-fought final with Miguel Garcia and Danny Oldcorn scoring the winning goals. The winners were presented with the trophy by Caroline Walters Head of Training & Personnel at J D Wetherspoon.

Friendly competition

Team captain, Shift Leader Sam Entwistle, said: “It was a great day and we were really happy with the win. I really enjoyed the event, it was great to have a bit of friendly competition between all the pubs and their teams."

“Most importantly though, together we’ve raised an amazing amount of money for this great charity.

"I can’t imagine how tough it is for the young people that CLIC Sargent support, it’s so important everyone digs deep so they can continue to support those families.”

Kate Lee, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent, said: “Everyone at CLIC Sargent can’t thank J D Wetherspoon and all their staff enough for all their support, raising an incredible sum of money through KICK for CLIC Sargent this year.

The money raised will help CLIC Sargent in our fight for young lives against cancer meaning we can support more young cancer patients and their families from the point of diagnosis.”

Find out more about our partnership with JD Wetherspoon.