BENNETT CHRISTMAS IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
Burgess Hill-based insurance firm heralded the start of Euro 2016 by going to the top of their league.
BC Underwriting, part of the Bennett Christmas Group, fought off Twenty-one teams, scoring 25 goals and conceding just two from five league and three knockout matches, in the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) South East regional tournament, held just three days before France kicked off the UEFA European championship in St Denis.
The CII event pitched five-aside teams from Pavilion Recruitment and members of the Insurance Institutes of Surrey, Sussex and Kent against each other at Beckenham on Tuesday (June 7).
It was only the third time Team BC Underwriting, comprising Mark Bennett (goal), Tom Stripp, Liam Benson, Matt Fisher, Jamie Simmons, Alex Spinks, Mark Noakes and Roger Christmas, had pulled on the BC Underwriting strip – making their victory all the more impressive.
BC’s man of the tournament, scorer Jamie Simmons sent 14 goals to the back of the net, including one of the two deciders in the final against AIG.
Chief Executive and BC Underwriting goalie Mark Bennett, said: “I don’t think anyone was more astounded than us at winning. And if we can do it, then England definitely can!”
The winners, who ranged in age from 20 to 50-plus, will be treated to an Ultimate Football Experience at St George’s Park, the FA National football centre.
BC Underwriting has pledged to donate £50 to the St Peter & St James Hospice at Chailey, West Sussex, for every goal scored by England in the Euro 2016 tournament as part of its ongoing support for the charity.