Construction Cup ’24: A day of triumph, team spirit, and social impact at Selhurst Park

On May 23, 2024, the Construction Cup ’24 brought together 20 teams from across the construction industry for an exhilarating day of football at Selhurst Park, the home ground of Crystal Palace FC. The event featured a mix of competition, camaraderie, and a strong social message providing a memorable occasion for all involved.

Celebrating the champions

In a thrilling final match, Scitech Europe emerged victorious, clinching the Construction Cup ’24 title. The final was a nail-biter, with Jack Hurst of Scitech Europe scoring a last-minute equaliser to make it 2-2, forcing the match into a dramatic penalty shootout. Scitech Europe held its nerve to claim the top spot.

CPS Building Services secured second place after a remarkable tournament, highlighted by a stunning goal from their number 9, who scored from the halfway line, smashing the ball into the top corner during the semi-finals. AF Switch Gear took home third place, rounding out the top three.

In the Construction Cup Conference League, AVK-SEG claimed the winner’s trophy. Meanwhile, Academy Consulting‘s Sofia Weed delivered a standout performance by scoring the winning penalty in the third-place playoff.

A unique experience at a Premier venue

The event provided an exclusive experience for the participants. The pitch was transformed into four standard 5-a-side fields, offering a Champions League-style tournament format. Players had the unique opportunity to use the home or away dressing rooms and showers, enhancing the professional feel of the competition. Following the matches, everyone gathered in the Malcolm Allison Lounge to celebrate with complimentary drinks and meals.

Supporting a vital cause

The Construction Cup ’24 proudly partnered with Unseen, a UK charity dedicated to eradicating modern slavery. The event not only showcased football talent but also raised awareness about the ongoing issue of modern slavery in the construction industry. A total of 163 players from 20 companies participated, with each team’s entry fee contributing to Unseen’s efforts.

Unseen provided a poignant introduction before the kick-off, shedding light on the extent of modern slavery within the construction sector. The charity’s mission to create a world without slavery was a central theme of the day, reinforcing the importance of education and action to combat exploitation.

Influencing positive change through sport

The power of sport to influence positive change was evident throughout the Construction Cup ’24. The event served as a platform to promote the anti-slavery message, drawing attention to the 141 cases of labour exploitation reported in the construction industry in 2022 and the 543 potential victims identified.

Dave Grant, Managing Director of Scitech, emphasised the event’s impact: “Our engagement with the Construction Cup ’24 has inspired us to bolster the anti-slavery sections within our supply chain prequalification and monitoring arrangements. This isn’t merely about compliance; it’s about taking a stand, ensuring our practices reflect our ethos, and leading by example in our industry.”

Looking ahead

The Construction Cup ’24 team hopes the event will inspire companies across the construction industry to take meaningful actions against modern slavery. Unseen’s educational efforts aim to equip workers with the knowledge and confidence to identify and report signs of exploitation, fostering a safer and more ethical working environment.

For more information and to support Unseen’s vital work, visit our Just Giving page.

Final Standings

Construction Cup ’24:
1. Scitech Europe
2. CPS Building Services
3. AF Switch Gear

Construction Cup Conference League:
Winner: AVK-SEG

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