Champions to host Perennial’s football tournament

Leicester City Football Club is a showcase for UK groundsmanship and LCFC Grounds Manager John Ledwidge has arranged for Perennial to host a unique tournament that will pitch horts against horts in a frenzy of competition.

Supported by ICL, leading innovators in the sports turf, landscape and horticultural markets, the tournament will be great fun for players and a fabulous way to raise money for the only charity in the UK dedicated to helping all those who work in horticulture.

Adam Ferjani, Marketing & Communications Manager at ICL, says: “Everyone at ICL is thrilled to be playing a part in the day not only as event sponsor but also as one of the teams.

“The #playthepitch tournament is a real testament to the way in which Perennial brings people from across the horticulture industry together and we hope to help make it a real success.”

The event will feature 14 teams who will play in a group stage, followed by a fast-paced knockout tournament for the last eight. In addition to ICL, the following have submitted teams: Ambience Landscapes, Deco-Pak, Elite Landscapes Ltd, Gavin Jones Ltd, GIMA, Horticulture Week & CED Stone, the IOG, London Stone, Crowders Nurseries and Whiting Landscape Ltd.

TSP Media – publishers of LAPU magazine - is also putting forward a team. The final will be played on the full-sized pitch and will involve the whole team.

Laura Garnett, Senior Development Manager at Perennial, says: “This is a chance in a lifetime to experience playing like a pro footballer on a Premiership pitch.

“We are hugely grateful to John and the team at LCFC for their support – it’s just the sort of unique fundraising event that we strive to offer as a way to support colleagues who are struggling. We can’t wait to see everyone on the day.”

Tickets are available for spectators to come and cheer their team on the day. Spectator tickets cost £15 and include catering. To book call: 01372 384249.

To find out more visit perennial.org.uk/playthepitch. Follow the event live on Twitter via @PerennialGRBS or @LAPUMagazine #playthepitch

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