Sedulo victorious at charity football tournament

On Friday October 23rd, we took part in the Once Upon a Smile charity 5-a-Side football tournament – and came out as the champions!

The tournament, organised to raise funds for bereaved children in the North West, was held at the Trafford Soccerdome and featured the likes of Digital Next, intu Trafford Centre, Deloitte, Cowgill Holloway, Forever Unique and Leasing Options.

The Group Stages

Paired with intu Trafford Centre and Digital Next in the group stages, we began our tournament with an 11-0 victory over the Trafford Centre team before defeating Digital Next in the second game in a somewhat closer affair.

With the teams playing each other twice, a rematch against the Trafford Centre was next up with TC coming into the game fired up after their previous defeat. The game ended in a 3-3 draw with Team Sedulo battling back from being 3-1 down.

Fresh off the back of the scare against the Trafford Centre , Team Sedulo came into the second meeting with Digital Next with renewed determination, putting them to the sword in the final group game with a commanding 3-0 win, qualifying as group winners.

Knockout stages

Riding on the wave of a confidence boosting group stage performance, the quarter finals saw us paired with Forever Unique. with the Sedulo team coming out swinging to record a 4-0 victory.

The semi finals saw us pit our wits against Cowgill Holloway in a competitive affair – Sedulo managing to emerge victorious from the game with a 5-2 scoreline and set up a final against Digital Next.

The Final

When the dust had settled on the group and knockout phases of the 2015 Once Upon A Smile charity football tournament, it was left to Digital Next and ourselves to battle it out for a third and final time to decide who would be crowned the winner.

With the teams feeling the fatigue of six grueling games and the fact they hadn’t been able to access the post-tournament buffet yet, the final proved to be a tough contest for both sets of players both physically and mentally.

Ultimately though, Team Sedulo had enough left in the tank to make it a hattrick of victories over our group stage foes with a 4-2 victory, adding the trophy alongside our success at the Digital Next Ashes Cricket tournament this Summer.

On social media

Take a look at how the day’s events unfolded below on Twitter, and congratulations to all the teams involved for helping raise all important funds for the charity on the day…


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