It was a cold November evening in London and our new Ramboll football kit was making its first appearance for the annual 5-a-side charity competition; The CODEP Cup. The dubiously named team “Ramboll Fury” consisted of Ian walker, Keelan Hegarty, Rishi Nimgulkar, Nicholas Smallman, Richard Colothan and me, team captain Kalil Kane. In the previous year’s event we finished as semi-finalists, so this time we were determined to do better.
After a start that saw us narrowly edge our opponents, we found our feet and convincingly won all the group games by scoring at least 5 goals in each game. The final was played against the organisers and current holders of the cup, Fenwick Elliot, and after a tense and energetic game we secured a fantastic 6-2 victory to take the trophy.
It was an enjoyable evening of sport and a great achievement to win the competition, but most importantly it benefited a fantastic cause; The Construction and Development Partnership (CODEP) is a British based charity that operates in London and Sierra Leon to promote literacy in Sierra Leon’s communities, specifically targeting women and girls. CODEP is currently building a learning and literacy resource centre, the Equiano Centre, in Freetown. It will house future community education and health programmes, and the money raised from the competition will help fund the project.
As graduate engineers at Ramboll we enjoy an active sports scene, with the opportunity to play football weekly and enter many sports related charity events throughout the year. It is a chance to socialise with colleagues and meet people from other companies.
Captain Kalil Kane reflects “Winning was brilliant, but the most important thing was the reason why Ramboll got involved in the tournament: to help support the great charity work CODEP is delivering in Sierra Leon.”
Kalil Kane works in the London Buildings and Design office as a Graduate Structural Engineer.