Footballers raise thousands for British Red Cross

29 May 2024

Mist and heavy rain could not dampen proceedings at the second annual Leonardo Charity Football tournament, which raised £6,455 for the British Red Cross.

15 teams from across the defence industry and Armed Forces battled it out at Lincoln City FC’s LNER Community Stadium. They were representing RAF Coningsby, RAF Waddington, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Frazer-Nash and MBDA. The 9-a-side teams were divided into three groups, with the eight strongest finishers advancing into the ‘Vase', whilst the remaining teams participated in the ‘Shield’, a new secondary competition for 2024. This allowed for entertainment throughout the day, where the competitiveness of games remained strong.

In a repeat of the 2023 final, Leonardo Edinburgh faced RAF Coningsby A. This was a high intensity match, ultimately won 2-0 by RAF Coningsby A, who retained the trophy they won last year.

The first ever Shield final was between Leonardo Basildon A and Frazer-Nash. The teams could not be separated during normal time, so ended in a penalty shootout, in which Leonardo held their nerves to secure victory.

Both teams were presented with their respective trophies by Lincoln City FC’s mascot, Poacher, followed by all teams enjoying a drink in the bar after the tournament!

The event was a joint venture between the Leonardo Luton Charity Committee and the Leonardo Luton Football team, with final year Technical Apprentice, Alex Davis, playing a key role in organising it.

Jordan Ball, from the Leonardo Luton Charity Committee, who organised the event, said: “It was a day to remember for everyone, and all for a great cause. There are high hopes that next year can be even better, and even more money can be raised. A big thank you to Lincoln City FC and all their staff who supported on the day, as well as to the organisers from each company for making this a great success. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!”