Right To Play UK hosted two events at our global partner Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 3rd June. Together these events raised an amazing £200,000 towards our programmes that transform the lives of millions of disadvantaged children in some of the world's poorest communities
11-a-side auction match
The morning event saw 22 die-hard Chelsea fans compete in an 11-a-side match on the hallowed Stamford Bridge turf. The players had bid for their chance to play via a Right To Play and Chelsea branded eBay auction which raised over £20,000 for Right To Play. It was a unique opportunity for the fans to fulfil a lifelong ambition and there was a fantastic atmosphere in the ground as players brought friends and family to support them on their big day.
The game was covered by Chelsea TV and a short highlights package is due to be shown in late June.
Take a look at the action pictures from the event can over on our Facebook page – be sure to tag yourself and anyone you recognise so they can share the pics too.
World Cup tournament
In the afternoon the Right To Play World Cup saw 24 corporate teams take part in a highly competitive tournament. The teams included five of the world's top 10 largest private equity firms, four of the top ten world banks and a top ten global law firm. The tournament raised £180,000 to change the lives of children on Right To Play programmes.
The weather was fantastic and spirits were high. Following a welcome speech from Right To Play UK's National Director, Meryl Davies, group stage games kicked off in the sun at 2pm. All teams played each other once in the group stage with 2013 Cup winners Linklaters getting off to a great start finishing top of their group alongside Credit Suisse, Lonestar and JP Morgan in the other groups.
The top two teams from each group progressed to the Right To Play Cup competition, while the third and fourth placed teams qualified for the Matchbook trophy and the fifth and sixth placed teams were knocked-out and enjoyed the sun and the BBQ.
Oaktree and Global Infrastructure Partners were caught up in a nervy penalty shootout in the quarter finals, whilst CVC edged out JP Morgan in a close contest to reach the semi-finals. Lonestar and Amaya eased to victories in their quarter finals.
The 7 a-side semi-finals were tight across the board with just one goal separating the winners except in one of the plate semi-finals where William Blair pulled away against Global Infrastructure Partners in 3-0 victory.
In the Matchbook Trophy it was William Blair who stole the show and secured the title beating Goldman Sachs 2-0. In the Cup competition it was Lonestar who finished as World Cup champions defeating CVC in a nail-biting penalty shootout in the final.
Right To Play Ambassador Chemmy Alcott and Chelsea mascot Stamford the Lion presented the awards on the pitch in the sun once the games were done.
Take a look at the amazing pictures from the competition over on our Facebook page – there are team photos, action shots and the trophy presentation. Be sure to tag yourself and anyone you know!
Want to know how else you can support our life-changing work?
The energetic among you can raise funds by taking part in challenge events – we have places at the Rise Above Sportive, London to Brighton bike ride and Royal Parks Half Marathon. If none of those are for you then you can still raise funds for us in whichever event you're taking part in. For more information visit our challenge events page.