The Grant Thornton football competition is a national event that sees each of its offices offer one or more teams of five keen footballers. To find out whose top of their game, the teams meet yearly for a tournament. This year’s winning team is from Glasgow, whose turf is now the home of next year’s competition.
Each year, Grant Thornton runs a national football competition in which dozens of teams of five players from the firm’s offices across the UK compete for first place. The teams initially play up to nine games to battle it out for a position at the top of the league, before knock-outs see the tournament to its final conclusion.
This year’s competition took place on the 25 July at the Goals Soccer Centre in Leeds and involved 72 teams from 25 offices. It was the second time in the 11 year history of the event that the game took place in the city, as the location represents the home of the previous year’s winning team. In total, the region supplied seven teams, five of which were men’s and two of which were women’s. The games gained an international twist with a team from the firm’s Hamburg office adding an extra dimension of competition.
This year the Scottish contingent managed to clinch overall victory, with the ball going to the Glasgow team’s court after narrowly defeating their Southampton competition by a single penalty. With their victory, the Glasgow team settles next year’s competition on the solid Scottish field of Glasgow.
“The tournament is now a mainstay in the Grant Thornton calendar and one which everyone looks forward to getting involved with. We were very proud to win last year and have been basking in the honour of bringing the tournament home to Yorkshire,” comments Will McGahan, associate in Grant Thornton’s Leeds audit team. “While we were disappointed not to repeat our success this year, it was once again a fantastic day. It brings together colleagues, not only from our offices in the UK and further afield, but also from different disciplines and gives everyone a chance to catch up, as well as putting their skills on the pitch to the test.”