Over 160 footballers from 15 businesses took part in a charity football tournament to raise vital funds to support people experiencing homelessness. The Oasis Cup, homelessness charity Oasis Community Housing’s annual mixed five-a-side football tournament held at Gateshead International Stadium, raised an incredible £9,500 to support men, women and children experiencing homelessness.

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The 20 teams who competed for the trophy comprised of players from businesses including: PeoplePlus, EQUANS UK, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Lovell Partnerships, Karbon Homes, The Alchemist Bar and Restaurant (Newcastle), Gentoo Group, Handcrafted, ISOLER, Consultiv Utilities, FaulknerBrowns, Bowmer+Kirkland, Callerton Kitchen and Interiors, Apex Acoustics Ltd and Amazon (Bowburn and Darlington).

The event also benefitted from the support of wonderful volunteers from businesses, including EQUANS UK, ATG Group and Northern Wealth Management, who dedicated their time to help on the day. Lunch was provided for the players courtesy of Memories of the Black Forest.

Team awards

After a day of footballing action it was Karbon Homes who came out on top, securing victory after a nail-biting final against EQUANS UK which ended with a penalty shootout after the game finished 0-0.

Christopher Whewell, part of Karbon Homes’ winning team, reflected on the event: “We had a fantastic time. The event was really well organised and the weather held out, which helped! The spirit on the day reinforced the great cause we were all playing for. Each team put in a solid effort, but there was a great supportive atmosphere, with all of us in it to support a great cause.

“Karbon’s mission is to provide strong foundations for people and so the opportunity to support this event was great. We wanted to play our part in getting the word out there about the work Oasis does. It was brilliant to be the winning team and we hope to return to next year to retain our title, but most importantly to raise some well-deserved money and awareness for this brilliant charity.”

Other awards were presented on the day including the Team Spirit Award which was deservedly won by the team from PeoplePlus, and the Player of the Tournament and Top Goal Scorer which were both won by Alan Bird from EQUANS UK.

Oasis Community Housing’s OCH FC, a team made up of staff and people that the charity supports, walked away with the coveted Sweaty Sock Award, but despite their poor performance on the pitch the team had a fantastic time at what was an incredible event.

What the support means

Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate Relationships Manager at Oasis Community Housing, explained that “The Oasis Cup is always such a special event for businesses in the region to come together, and 2023’s tournament was no different.

“As well as being a great day of football and fundraising there was also a real sense community. Without the involvement of these wonderful and generous businesses we would not be able to continue supporting the men, women and young people experiencing homelessness across our projects.”

Plans are already underway for The Oasis Cup 2024 which takes place on Friday 20th September. Does your business have what it takes to take home the trophy?

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