Ideagen’s football fundraising efforts score more than £1,000


The corporate football team of leading software firm and Nottingham Forest Football Club (NFFC) partner, Ideagen Plc, raised more than £1,000 for charity after reaching the national finals of a corporate football tournament.

Ideagen’s team - made up of employees based at its Ruddington HQ – reached the final 16 in the knockout stages out of 404 total teams in the Business Fives National Final yesterday in Manchester, after winning the Nottingham tournament last November.

Since last year, the team has been fundraising as part of its sporting success and following yesterday’s final, raised a total of £1,105 for Ideagen’s chosen charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.

The tournament is hosted by corporate sports provider, Business Fives Group, which encourages firms across the country to participate in sports events to raise money for a charitable cause of their choice.

Last year, it held regional events all across the country, with the best teams from each qualifying for the final taking place yesterday at Manchester Central Powerleague. 

In July last year, Ideagen joined NFFC’s partner programme as a sponsor of the Academy and girls’ development teams and last November, launched its Think Big education initiative alongside the Nottingham Forest Community Trust.

For yesterday’s final, the team proudly donned its own Ideagen branded kits for the tournament, kindly supplied by the NFFC Academy team.

Callum Davidson, Talent Development Manager at Ideagen and captain of the business’ football team, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have raised more than £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society – a charity particularly close to our hearts. The team played brilliantly and we’re so proud to have reached the National Finals, raising a substantial sum of money for charity in the process.

“A big thank you goes to our partners at Nottingham Forest for supplying our kits. Although we didn’t win the tournament, our goal was more than just success on the pitch; we are delighted with our performance off the pitch, raising a substantial amount of money for a cause which will really benefit.”

“We’ll be entering into next season’s Nottingham tournament again which is due to take place later this year.” 

Ideagen’s team is made of staff from its Marketing, Sales and People departments:

GK – Stanley Paton-Rawthorne

DEF – Tom Shanks

DEF – Joe Giles 

MID – Martin Weightman

MID – Joe Palmer

MID – Tim Harruna

ATT – Callum Davidson (C)

ATT – Jacob Hunt