With more water on the pitch than in the local pool, you’d have been forgiven for turning up in speedos to this year’s FIT Show football tournament at AFC Telford’s Goalzone. Regardless of the heavens opening up, all who participated had fun. Taking place April 11th, the night before FIT Show 2016 kicked off, leading PVC-U extruders Selecta Systems emerged victorious taking home the coveted winners trophy.
A few teams down after some last minute dropouts it looked like rain wasn’t going to be the only thing interrupting play early on. But after some late transfer negotiations by Mick Clayton of GQA Qualifications, who was very instrumental in kick-starting FIT Show football – now in its third year – four teams were assembled and play began.
Made up of two Selecta teams, a team from GQA, and a Quickslide team, with the FIT Show fielding its PR & Marketing Executive, Will Lavin, the hallowed 3G turf at AFC Telford played host to a tournament showcasing some flamboyant football, stretching saves and unbelievable tekkers… well, sometimes.
As the rain continued to pour down the goals started to pour in for Selecta’s A Team, captained by Scott Silver. Taking out all who stepped onto the pitch with them, they won all three of their games while Quickslide were not too far behind, securing second place with just four men in their squad – a man less than everybody else. Selecta’s B Team finished third while GQA finished in fourth – which might have had something to do with key player Mick defecting to runners-up, Quickslide.
Collecting their trophy in the clubhouse after drying off and sinking a couple of much deserved beers, FIT Show Managing Director, Paul Godwin, handed the Selecta team its winners medals and trophy with a message: “Congratulations on your win, and thank you to each and every one of you for braving the weather in order to get involved and support the FIT Show.”
Also taking a second to address the last minute dropouts, he joked: “Apparently those that dropped out last minute had to because otherwise their exhibition stand wouldn’t be complete in time for the first day of FIT Show. I say get your priorities straight; football first, stand second.”
FIT Show football will return in 2017 when the popular fabricator and installer trade show moves to Birmingham’s NEC. Taking place on May 23rd, 24th and 25th, perhaps Villa Park will be available for a kick about being that they won’t be using it as much after this season.