Tulio Ferrari Cup

Ramboll UK’s annual five-a-side football tournament took place in heat-wave conditions at Battersea park this July. The Tulio Ferrari cup is named in memory of a former employee and has been keenly contested since 2002.

 
This year saw 16 teams from the London and Cambridge offices enter the draw, from beer swilling underdogs to increasingly red-faced contenders. Brave volunteers from the teams stepped up to referee the other games in their groups, with some dubious decisions and polite criticism from the sidelines. A special mention goes to rookie ref Finn Maidstone, whose failure to penalise a player who caught the ball in his hands to control it caused a paroxysm of bewildered complaints, which he duly ignored.

 
The tournament consisted of a group stage, followed by a plate and main knockout completion. The heat took its toll on all the players, not least London Director Alan bunting, who was heard expressing his surprise after learning that the goalkeeper may not pick the ball up outside the area.

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Services London team, Bayern Neverlusen produced the golden goal winner, Rory Edwards with eleven goals, before losing in the quarter finals. If there was prize for best name though, they would have got my vote.
After four hours of running, kicking and shouting, the tournament concluded with London Structures Red retaining the Tulio Ferrari Cup for the second year in a row. Team captain Sam King was ‘chuffed’ at the win, congratulating his team on their hard work. The plate competition was won by another London team, Business Functions 2 (the unstoppable Farce), beating the jadedly named ‘Team Blue 3’.

 

The event was a huge success; the games were played in good spirits, nobody got heat-stroke and £540 was raised for charity. A tremendous thanks go to Mona Haghani, Jamie Clay and the social panel for their efforts in organising a flawless event. The tournament was played in the spirit of fair-play; there was no acrobatic diving, no swearing at the refs and no behind the hand comments. Which of course means that it probably wasn’t really football after all.

CARE Construction Challenge 2013

After succes in 2012 Ramboll had another great year copmpeting in the CARE Construction Challenge

In the midst of a heatwave, a Ramboll team won the four-man event at the CARE Construction Challenge for the second year running. Two teams cycled 15 miles and ran 10 miles over moorland, forests and hills, then paddled 1.2 miles across a lake to complete the Challenge on Saturday 6th July.

CARE International is a charity helping the world’s poorest people to escape poverty. The organisation delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps them to rebuild their lives. CARE’s mission is to create lasting change in poor communities and put money where it is needed most.

group picThe sweltering conditions proved an even greater challenge to an already demanding event, which was held around the picturesque Wimbleball Lake at Exmoor National Park. The first Ramboll team, R&R, won the four-man event in a time of 4 hours and 24 minutes, finishing third overall. The team represented London Structures’ Green Team comprising Tony Pettigrew, Justin Vaughan and grads Tom Bignall and Elliott Connolly.

The second Ramboll team, Rambo, took part on behalf of London Structures Blue and Geotechnics Teams. Team members Benjamin Torrance and Renzo Ahumada finished fifth in the two-man event in 5 hours 31 minutes. “It was an extremely tough event this year and completing it was a real achievement,” the team commented.

Will Synnott and Kalil Kane had planned to take part in the event but were forced to pull out due to injuries so they volunteered on the day, much to the delight of CARE’s organisers. Andrew Mather, a key member of Ramboll’s winning team last year, also supported the teams’ fundraising efforts throughout.

37 teams entered the CARE Construction Challenge this year, a dramatic increase from last year, with teams from companies such as Mott MacDonald, Bam Nuttall, Costain and Atkins all entering. The event raised a record-breaking £70,000 for CARE International, and our teams would like to thank everyone who supported them through their fundraising efforts. Moredetails about the challenge are available on the event report

You can support CARE International by donating at Team R&R’s JustGiving page or Team Rambo’s donation page. Both teams would like to thank everyone for their generous donations so far and for the continued support received throughout the year.

The Ramboll teams plan to defend the title at next year’s event, which will be held in the Forest of Dean. If you would like to take part, visit the CARE Construction Challenge website.