Superstar referee helps make football tournament a huge fundraising success

Football and Fundraising

What do you get if you combine five teams of supporters, a world-class referee and a Premier League football pitch? You get the first ever Nordoff Robbins Cup!

On 25 May Crystal Palace kindly allowed us to use their grounds for free, which made the tournament possible, and added a great feeling as people took to a Premier League pitch to play.

It was an incredibly hot day but, armed with crates of water and sports drinks, the teams took to the pitch with passion and panache. It was a while before the teams really got going, with the ball not going into the net until the third game, but once first blood was drawn the goals came thick and fast for an incredibly tense tournament.

This day of fun and football raised nearly £20,000 for music therapy – an amazing amount that will help more people than ever gain access to our life-changing work.

The teams were all vying for the top spot, but of course there can be only one winner. This time it was the team from Close Brothers Asset Management!

The final standings were:

We were joined by super-referee Howard Webb who kept all the players in line on the day. That is, until he decided to don a shirt for the Broomwood FC team for a later game (and was the victim of a nasty tackle for his efforts – this would never have been allowed on his watch!)

A massive thank you to Sue Oakfield for volunteering her time to act as our official photographer.

It was a huge success all-round – everyone had a wonderful time, we raised a wonderful amount, and we’ve already got three of the teams coming along to visit the London Centre for themselves and find out more about music therapy. 

This was our first time doing this event. They think it’s all over? Well hopefully it’s just beginning!

You can watch the video below for some post-tournament analysis from Howard: