There’s nothing like a game of table football to get the blood pumping. But when the ‘table’ is swapped for a life-sized version and the plastic players are substituted for real ones, the challenge becomes a lot greater!
And in a recent fundraising event for a local baby hospice, a team from Precision Ceramics not only took up the challenge but won the competition!
Human table football has been around for some time now and is played on a special pitch with inflatable sides roughly eight times bigger than a conventional ‘pub’ table. It is a far cry from the original idea conceived by Tottenham Hotspur Supporter, Harold Thornton, back in 1922. Harold wanted to create a game that simulated football that could be played at home. Inspired by a box of matches, by laying the matches across the box he formed the basis of his game which was subsequently patented a year later. How Harold would have marveled at this ‘human’ version of his original concept which has nowadays become a popular means of both team building and fundraising.
Right: The Intrepid Precision Ceramics Team – poised and ready for Human Table Football Action.
Precision Ceramics were invited to enter a team for this latest event which was jointly organised by Yorkshire Bank and Clydesdale Bank on behalf of ‘Zoës Place Trust which opened a new facility in Coventry in 2011. It was part of the banks’ ‘Business Week’ programme and was staged in the grounds of Birmingham City University.
Eight teams took part from a number of local businesses and each played four games – three games in league format and a final match to decide the placing. Teams were mixed and consisted of five players each.
Representing Precision Ceramics were Team Captain, Ben Staniforth (right of Teddy) and players Andy Cowsill, Daniel DaCosta, Jacob Facer and Phil Wallace.
And so well did they play that they won 2-1 in the final against Birmingham Aluminium to take the trophy and be named inaugural champions! But even more importantly, our intrepid Precision Ceramics team helped raise a staggering £500 for the local Zoës Place Baby Hospice.
Zoё’s Place Trust is a registered Charity providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This care is provided in a caring, safe, home from home environment known as Zoё’s Place Baby Hospices.
They receive very little government funding and therefore rely heavily on fundraising and donations. Further information is available at http://www.zoes-place.org.uk/
What a great cause and what a fantastic effort and result by Ben and his team.
Hearty congratulations to all concerned.