Billingham based water treatment specialist Biochemica UK Ltd is celebrating after winning last weekend’s Agile Group Annual Charity Football Tournament, raising over £8,000 for six local causes in the process.
The Biochemica team was led to victory by former Middlesbrough and Sunderland star Julio Arca, who ensured that the team not only won the tournament but took the trophy for a penalty shootout challenge.
The event, held at Middlesbrough Football Club’s Riverside Stadium rose more than double compared to last year’s tournament, with the fundraising figure still growing as the total is finalised. The charities set to benefit from the money are Zoe’s Place, Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, Teesside Hospice, Butterwick Hospice Care, Daisy Chain and MFC in the Community.
Biochemica played matches alongside organiser Agile Group as well as Wilton Engineering Services and Subsea Innovation, which was defending its 2013 title.
Team Captain and Warehouse Operations Manager at Biochemica, Dave Thomas said: “It was a fantastic event and the team was delighted to win both elements of the competition.
“Being headquartered in Teesside, we have a few Boro fans in our team so they had an especially enjoyable day as they were able to play on their hallowed ground, use the players’ changing room and experience emerging from the players’ tunnel – all of this on top of having Julio Arca as the Team Manager.
“We’d like to thank all of our spectators for coming to cheer the team along on the day and helping us to contribute to the impressive fundraising total, and Agile Group for making the event happen – we’ll have to start training for next year!”