Crest logo for the JLL Five-a-Side Football Tournament over the corner of a football pitch

JLL and Place North partner for charity Five-a-Side tournament

Fancy a game of football? Property professionals are encouraged to kick off for a good cause on 20 September at Powerleague Manchester Central.

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The JLL and Place North Five-a-Side Football Tournament will bring together industry professionals from across the built environment for a fun afternoon of football divided into two simultaneous tournaments: a men’s competition and a women’s one. Those of all gender identities are encouraged to sign up to play. This will be the third edition of the event, which was created by JLL.

“We have been delighted at JLL by the reaction and atmosphere at our past two tournaments from our clients, colleagues, and peers across the property industry; and excited for this year’s event to be even better,” said JLL regional head of planning Joanna Gabrilatsou.

“The tournament has brought clients, colleagues, and peers across the property industry together over the past two years, recognising the challenges that both the property and football industries face, in tackling equity and inclusivity across issues including gender, race, and sexuality,” Gabrilatsou continued.

“This year we look forward to partnering with the fantastic Place North in order to grow the reach, profile, and attendance of the event.  We expect the competition to be as fun and strong as ever.”

Kirsty Butcher, managing partner of Place North, added: “It’s exciting to team up with JLL on this brilliant event, for a good cause.

“It fits well with Place North’s passion for gender equality and bringing together the industry – in a way that combines wellbeing, networking, fun, charity, and a healthy dose of competition.

“Everyone is welcome and I’m hoping that a good number of women – teams and individuals – will come forward and encourage anyone who thinks it could be fun to give it a go.”

Funds raised from the football tournament will support HideOut Youth Zone’s Honey Bees sports programme, which is geared towards encouraging more girls to participate in sport, as well as free spaces at HideOut’s holiday club.

This year, money will also go towards WWF’s people and communities initiative, which works to restore degraded land and build resilient communities.

The fun starts at noon and lasts until 4pm with prizes and trophies ready for the winners. Tickets start at £420 per seven-person team, a fee that includes a charity donation, post-match food, and drinks at the bar. Individuals can also join a team for £60.

Want to get involved or find out more? Check out the tournament’s Eventbrite page.

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