The Sunshine Cup lived up to its name as 23 teams descended on Powerleague Sighthill in Edinburgh on a glorious Friday afternoon for the Thomson Gray Seamab Fives – The Sunshine Cup. The third running of the charity 5-a-side tournament in aid of Seamab was held on Friday 20th September.


A cause we all believe in

All of the children who attend Seamab School near Kinross have suffered great trauma in their short lives. The monies raised last year went towards the construction of a purpose-built therapy space, a tranquil hut in the woods where the children take part in ‘Theraplay’.

Given the sensitivity of the kids’ situations, they can’t have a direct involvement in the competition. They did, however, come up with the tournament’s name again this year, coming up with ‘The Sunshine Cup’.


All-action five-a-side fun

There was a wide range of footballing ability on show. The group stages provided some tasty encounters; highlights included shared honours in the match between two times champions FES and the joint team of Blyth & Blyth and Michael Laird Architects and bragging rights earned by Will Rudd Davidson’s Glasgow office over their Edinburgh counterparts.

Blyth & Blyth and Michael Laird Architects five-a-side football team

The early knockout stages were keenly contested. Thomson Gray Edinburgh were put out early, as were the Thomson Gray Select side, courtesy of TG MD Stuart Gray missing a crucial penalty.

After several gruelling games in the September sunshine, the semi-final line up was confirmed as FES vs Blyth & Blyth / MLA, and SJS vs Morrison Construction.


The winners

Blyth & Blyth and SJS met in the final with SJS coming out on top in a penalty shoot-out after the teams couldn’t be separated. SJS had their goalkeeper to thank as another top-class performance secured them the title. His exploits saw him go on to win the player of the tournament award.

Business Fives John McClarey, turning out for the Thomson Gray Select picked up the Business Fives sponsored Golden Boot for being top goal scorer. Well done also to Oberlanders Architects for “winning” the wooden spoons for what could be described as a tough day at the office. They are fantastic sports though!


A fantastic result for Seamab

A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors Business Fives and Cornhill Building Services, all the teams who entered and everyone who donated prizes to the auction and raffle. All the money has been counted and a fantastic £7,500 has been raised for Seamab, taking the total for the three tournaments to date to £21,000.

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