More than 500 pubs put forward a five-a-side team for the Kick for CLIC event, which raised a spectacular total for CLIC Sargent, the charity which provides support for young cancer patients.
The team from The White House in Leicester emerged as the final victors, beating The Moon in the Square, from Bournemouth, 3-1 in a hard-fought final.
The winners were decided at a special knockout final event, which saw the 14 winners of regional competitions, held in September, face off at Goals in Manchester on October 2.
The White House team captain, Tom Wilkinson, said: “It was a great day and we were really happy with the win. We had a nightmare with the first regionals, which we couldn’t attend, so we had to travel to Bristol to stay in the competition. We knew we had a good team but we didn’t expect to go on and win it.
“The event was brilliant and really well organised. It’s a great way to meet other people who work there and it’s a great charity to support. It’s brilliant to have been part of an event that was raising so much for young people with cancer.”
Carlsberg donated the prize for the winning team, providing tickets for the England vs Scotland World Cup qualifying match in November.
Other teams that played on the final day, after winning regional heats, were The Furze Wren in Bexleyheath, The Regal in Cambridge, Grand Electric Hall in Spennymoor, The Coliseum Picture Theatre in Cleethorpes, Wye Bridge House in Buxton, The Mockbeggar Hall in Moreton, Abraham Darby in Dudley, Last Post in Paisley, The Kettleby Cross in Melton Mowbray, Saxon Crown in Corby, Vigilance in Brixham, The White House in Leicester and Sir Richard Owen in Lancaster.
This is the 15th time the pub chain has run the tournament to raise money for CLIC Sargent, which supports young cancer patients through a variety of services including financial grants, social workers and nurses.
Jemma Syms, CLIC Sargent Corporate Events Executive, said: “It is fantastic that J D Wetherspoon is able to raise such an incredible sum of money to support young cancer patients through a football tournament. It is testament to the great team atmosphere at the pub chain that so many teams want to come together and take part.
“Kick for CLIC is a great way to unite staff behind CLIC Sargent and make a real difference to the lives of many children and young people with cancer.
J D Wetherspoon has raised almost £13 million for children and young people with cancer since launching the partnership in 2002 – an incredible total which has helped us to be there for so many families from the moment of a devastating cancer diagnosis.”