Leeds firms set to lock horns ahead of crucial England World Cup clash

Football crazy staff at companies in Leeds can get the perfect World Cup warm-up by taking part in the annual Striker 5 Corporate Cup.

For the first time ever, firms across the city can sign up for the hotly-contested tournament on June 14, which takes place just hours before England’s crunch World Cup opener against Italy.

This year will be the first time the five-a-side cup has been open to teams from outside Leeds City Council.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, threw down the gauntlet and challenged companies to get their squads together and prove who has the city’s top team.

She said: “With World Cup fever set to grip the city, we’ve decided to open up the Striker 5 tournament to firms across Leeds so everyone has a chance to get involved.

“The tournament is a great opportunity for staff to get together for a bit of team building and friendly competition so I hope as many firms as possible sign up and see if they have what it takes to win the trophy.

“The Corporate Cup takes place on the same day as England’s opening World Cup game too, so it’s the perfect way to get in the mood to cheer on the Three Lions.”

Now in its eighth year, the tournament will see participating teams clash at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

The competition is open to everyone and each team must have at least one female member of the squad on the pitch throughout the whole game.

Teams can have no more than eight players.

The competition kicks off on Saturday, June 14 at 10am and is expected to finish at around 2pm.

Entry costs £35 per team and the closing date for entries is Friday, June 6.

To enter a team or for more information, log on to www.leeds.gov.uk/sports/Pages/Football-leagues-at-JCCS.aspx


For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk