On the 1st June 2016 a group of over-eager and under-qualified JDX staff members and JDX clients descended upon the Docklands Powerleague to fight for the prestigious and highly sought after JDX Charity Football Trophy. Tensions were high and friendships were tested throughout this thrilling tournament, which saw 17 client site teams (and JDX HQ) battle it out until the end, or at least until they were knocked out and could help themselves to a beer and a hamburger.
This charity event was organised in aid of Help for Heroes, which is JDX’s chosen charity for 2016. Help for Heroes aims to deliver an enduring national network of support for wounded, sick or injured veterans, servicemen and women and their families.
As the first of the games began, supporters were witness to fierce rivalry between teams, suspicious tackles and wounded egos. There were plenty of goals along the way, the most memorable being a sudden death penalty shootout which ended with a 14-13 victory. As the sun went down the remaining player’s fitness levels were put to the test as they made their way to the finals.
The competition was brutal until the very end, the lead switched between the two teams until, finally, one team was victorious with a last minute goal which took the score to 3-2. The champions then celebrated their win modestly, as one would expect.
We managed to raise just over £600 for Help for Heroes through the raffle and the entry fees from the teams. A huge shout out goes to Jeffrey Apietu, Elliott Hunt and David Robinson for organising such a fantastic event, and also thank you to the supporters, players and of course, the winners.