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5-a-side Football Competition Success for the Black Country Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Price Gary Price Carlo Matarazzo Signs Now UKThe third Black Country Chamber 5-a-side football competition took place on Thursday 14th May at Chamber member, Powerleague Halesowen. Over a dozen teams took part in the evening which featured some very tight matches with plenty of goals on the purpose built pitches. Manufacturing teams took on the service sector with thrills and spills. The quarter finals were particularly tense with Wolverhampton Racecourse and Signs Now UK fighting for the final with 9 penalties required to separate the teams. Thomas Dudley Ltd also made the semi-final but they were knocked about by the eventual winners Team Lloydy. The highest placed Black Country Chamber of Commerce team was Signs Now UK who were pleased to be invited by the event sponsors Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) to meet the recipients of the Payroll Giving Fund.

Signs Now UK has been trading since 1997 operating in 4 sites across the UK. Recently there has been a substantial investment in machinery at the manufacturing facility in Wolverhampton. They were also proud to have been awarded Sign Business of the Year.

PPDG’s sponsorship came in the form of a charitable donation to fellow Chamber member and Wolverhampton charity, The Way, part of the Onside Network of Youth Zones. The Way is an iconic, state-of-the-art 21st century development of the traditional youth club principle offering young people somewhere to go; something to do and someone to talk to - where they can learn, play sport and share experiences.

Phil Pemble from PPDG explained: “Young people from the Black Country are engaged in all sorts of sporting activities so raising the profile of The Way by sponsorship of the annual five-a-side football tournament is a perfect fit with our CSR agenda of supporting our communities.

“The Way building will be a fantastic addition to the City of Wolverhampton, providing an ideal place for local youngsters to meet new friends and to benefit from the services of a top class youth facility.”

PPDG also entered two teams into the event and the gallant players of Athletico PPDG won games during the pool stages before losing narrowly in the final stages. After the final whistle it was a time for reflection on a brave effort. Team Captain Andy Woodall commented: “We came so far but couldn’t quite get over the line, but there’s always next year’s competition to look forward to.”

The aim of the Chamber is to double the size of the Black Country economy by 2023. The Black Country is the Industrial Heart of the UK and for us to grow the local economy we need to ensure that the development of the area continues.

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