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ABFA 5-a-side tournament a hit


Just over a week before Steven Gerrard and his compatriots took to the field to face France in England's opening European Championships fixture, members of the asset based finance industry strapped on their boots for the second ever ABFA 5-a-side football tournament.

The 32 teams, including the likes of Aldermore, SME Invoice Finance, Centric Commercial Finance and Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance arrived at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire on the morning of Thursday 31st May eager to showcase their footballing skills.

After the group stage was complete, the winners and runners-up of each group progressed to the knockout stage of the ABFA Cup which saw a deserving Barclays named worthy champions after beating HSBC Invoice Finance.

The remaining 16 teams battled it out for the ABFA Plate, with Ultimate Finance overcoming Bibby Financial Services in the final.

For those nursing aching muscles and sore limbs, a drop-in clinic provided a respite from the on-pitch antics with massages available in exchange for a donation to MacMillan Cancer in support of the teams' attempt to climb the three peaks.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who parted with their cash for a massage and helped us raise over £300 for a worthy cause.

If you'd like to offer your support for those team members who are putting their bodies on the line by climbing the 26 miles up and down Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in September, visit