Plymouth manufacturers raise funds in charity football tournament

The winning team from Babcock, with Robyn Lockhart.

On Saturday (8 June) a charity football tournament was held at Marjon in aid of Alzheimer’s Society. It was a fun and hard-fought event, with the skillful Babcock team running out as eventual winners. The day was well supported, with only one brief shower that failed to dampen spirits.

The event was organised by Robyn Lockhart from Applied Automation, to raise funds for the company’s chosen annual charity, with other local manufacturing companies invited to take part. The teams involved were from Alderman Tooling, Algram Group, Applied Automation, Babcock, Fine Tubes, Morris Engineering, Princess Yachts and ToolTech.

It was a closely fought competition throughout, with Babcock beating Morris Engineering in one semi-final and Princess Yachts narrowly overcame Applied Automation on penalties after extra-time in the other.

In the final, Babcock’s silky moves saw off a valiant challenge from Princess Yachts. It was a comfortable victory in the end for Babcock who played a high press game with some excellent midfield rotation. The final result was 4 - 1.

Tournament organiser, Robyn Lockhart said: “This was a terrific day for a fantastic cause. It was great to see people of all ages out there, enjoying themselves. I want to thank everyone for supporting and taking part, helping to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society, a really worthy cause that’s very close to my heart, and for some of the others taking part too.

“A massive thank you to Richard Eales (Applied) for refereeing and for helping to organise the tournament structure, along with super-helpful colleague Rich Wyatt. We couldn’t have done it without you. I’m also hugely grateful to the boss, David Rowe, managing director of Applied, who kindly paid for the pitch hire. That really made a difference to the overall amount raised. I wanted to organise something that was fun for a bunch of people and at the same time raise some funds for a fantastic cause and I’m really thrilled with how it all went.”

Donations are still being collected but this event has raised over £260.