We work hard at the Institute of Physics – but we like to have fun too. Better still, sometimes we find ways to entertain ourselves in a good cause.
That was certainly the case with the five-a-side football tournament held on 2 August near our new home in King’s Cross, pitting the IOP against representatives of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Royal Geographical Society.
The first match of the evening saw the RGS turn in a dominating performance despite having been barely able to scrape together enough players, thumping the RAEng 5–0 with three of those goals coming from a recently drafted loanee.
In the second, the IOP fell 2–0 to the RSC in a testy encounter that saw the physicists denied two penalty claims. The IOP preserved a trace of dignity in a 1–1 draw with the RAEng, falling behind before getting an equaliser through programme office head Danny Riddell.
The RSC produced two consecutive victories, besting the RGS 1–0 and the RAEng 2–1. The RGS then produced another fine display with a 4–1 victory over the IOP. Three of the geographers’ goals came from web and social media editor Adarsh Muppane, securing him the top goalscorer award and the bottle of champage that went with it. The IOP’s consolation goal was a long-range strike from South East regional officer Lee Crouch. We might not be very good, but at least we’re stylish.
With each team having played every other, the RSC and RGC were sitting at the top of the table with nine and six points respectively, and set to meet in the grand final. A single goal from Jake the Intern secured a 1–0 victory for the geographers, and the RGS were presented with their well-deserved trophy by IOP chief operating officer Rachel Youngman.
Between snacks, sweepstakes and pub discounts, the evening saw more than £250 raised for Mind, IOP staff’s chosen charity of the year. IOP volunteering committee chair and main organiser of the tournament Natasha Plaister said: “It was great to be able to bring four different societies together for a bit of friendly competition to raise money for such an important charity. We had quite a few spectators come along to show their support despite the rain, so I’d consider that a big success – and hopefully one we can repeat next year.”