On a fresh, sunny September afternoon in Shepherds Bush 200 professionals left behind their trading floors, markets and city law firms to participate in the inaugural Bridgepoint Charity Football Tournament. It was a very special day for Dandelion Time as they were the very fortunate beneficiaries of this charity tournament.
Twenty-five teams were fielded from many of London’s best known institutions: Allen & Overy, Alcentra Limited, Ares Management, BlueBay Asset Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bridgepoint, Clifford Chance, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Intermediate Capital Group, ING Group, KPMG, Linklaters, Moelis & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Bank of Scotland, Ropes & Gray, Shearman & Sterling, Travers Smith, Uni Credit and White & Chase.
At the start of the day it would be fair to say the least well known organisation was Dandelion Time but boy did we punch way above our weight! Read our Match Report below.
Chief Executive, Graham Carpenter, delivered a moving introduction to the vital work of Dandelion Time to a captive audience. It was a great stage from which Dandelion Time could communicate its mission to the rising young stars of London’s leading institutions, many of whom will be tomorrow’s leaders, influencers and opinion formers.
We are extremely grateful to Doug Porter, Joshua Banstead-Salim and Ellie Hampton from Bridgepoint for all their hard work organising such an excellent and enjoyable tournament. The venue, Play Football Shepherds Bush, was superb and the team of referees were excellent in officiating the tournament.
We are hugely thankful to Bridgepoint and all the participating teams for staging and supporting this event. We are overwhelmed that the event has raised £45,000 which will have a huge impact on our ability to fund our expansion to reach more vulnerable children and families.
The Dandelion Time All Star team comprised of:
- Toby Lewis – a Dandelion Time stalwart who steps up to many of our sporting events at short notice
- Mathilde Fitschen – Residential Volunteer at Dandelion Time
- Joe Parkhouse – Gap Year Volunteer at Dandelion Time
- Jacob Young – on loan from Kings Hill FC
- Adam Phillips – on loan from Lenham FC
- Lauren Simmons – on loan from Bridgepoint
- Kit Tuke – on loan from Bridgepoint
- Chris Day (not pictured) – on loan from West Farleigh FC & Honest Burgers
- Dom Jessel – on loan from his Mum
In the group stages they had a tough first match against the might of Travers Smith. This was the first time most of our team had met one another, let alone played together. This showed in the first half when the newly formed team conceded a few goals as they were finding their feet. In the second half team spirit began to blossom and we saw our fledgling squad show spirit, tenacity and mutual support and we held much of the possession. (We did tell our legal opponents that possession is 7/10 of the law but they said the 1-6 score was binding!)
The Dandelion Time All Stars regrouped and reviewed team tactics. The team emerged with greater confidence for our second match against Ernst & Young. Our squad was also strengthened by the addition of our latecomer, Chris Day, who was detained in an important meeting (honestly? Honest Burgers). Within seconds Adam scored a blinder and that set the scene for the rest of the match and the team secured a convincing win.
This winning streak followed us into our third match Alcentra . Toby and Dom both solid in goal, Mathilda adroit in midfield and Joe and Jacob were covering the defence and attack.
Our final group match was against Bridgepoint. Kit and Lauren were playing against their colleagues, the game was highly charged and competition was fierce. The Dandelion Time All Stars gave it their all but found it hard to penetrate the Bridgepoint defence. In spite of Bridgepoint winning this match we still had enough points to qualify for the knock-out stage!
In the quarter finals we faced group winners HSBC. They were a stronger, more experienced side and we found it difficult to break through and at this point we were eliminated from the tournament.
The thrilling final was between BAML and Ropes & Gray, a tight match and BAML emerged triumphant with a 2:1 crowning them the winners of the Bridgepoint Charitable Football Tournament 2019!