UK Power Solutions sponsored a team from the London office for a Charity Football Tournament hosted by developers Ballymore on 22nd November 2019.
The tournament was held at Embassy Gardens, a project we worked on with Ballymore, and was in support of The Foundry, a results-driven fitness community with the mission to be the most inclusive, community-minded fitness company and charity in the UK.
Founded by Ben Gotting and Dave Thomas and boasting international rugby players and Olympians amongst its team and members, The Foundry’s credo is ‘No One Left Behind’. They offer classes and semi-private personal training to paying customers but they also offer free training for homeless, unemployed, single parents and retired people receiving state support, plus those in full time education, in the local area and beyond.
The positive impact of exercise and physical fitness on mental health, social inclusion and self confidence is well documented so their weekly group-led classes for hard to reach demographics such as seniors and mental health groups give a lot more than the opportunity to move about. They also run a Youth academy twice a week for 11-16 year olds to keep youngsters fit and propel talented individuals towards a career in sport. “We plan to work more closely with The Foundry in 2020 and apprenticeships is an area we will focus on with them,” said Ronan Mullin, Health & Safety Manager at Embassy Gardens.
Along with Ballymore, The Foundry will also be supporting a hot-kitchen where some of the teenagers working with them will be trained in food preparation. The food they produce will then be sold at minimum prices and be supplied to the homeless.
With their hearts focused on this excellent cause, our football team of Johan, Jonathan, Oscar, Dave, Joe, Henok, and Pablo had a great time and gave it their all, raising a magnificent £1000 for the charity. They didn’t bring back the trophy this time but are looking forward to a re-match next year.