Fifteen Microlise Group employees took to the pitch at Ilkeston Town Football Club this week to compete against 14 other industry teams, helping to raise over £17,000 in support of international development organisation Transaid.

The Transaid Cup tournament, hosted by Microlise, saw the teams played against each other in a seven-aside format, with the Dawsongroup’s Smart Asset Wanderers team (pictured) going head-to-head with Brigade Electronics in the final match, stealing the crown with an impressive 3-0 victory.

Other teams in attendance on the day included Blue Cube, Boughey, Goodyear, GXO, Iron Mountain, RHA, MAN, Libra Europe and Michelin.

Creed generously supported the event for a second year in a row, providing items for the tuck shop for team players to enjoy at the end of the day - including soft drinks, crisps, snacks and ice creams. All teams also provided a raffle prize up to the value of £50. 

The money raised will go directly to Transaid, which helps to transform lives through safe, available and sustainable transport in sub-Saharan Africa.

The charity works closely with local communities, government agencies, and the private sector to develop sustainable transportation systems and advocate for policy changes that enhance mobility and improve road safety. 

The Transaid Cup offered multiple avenues for participation, including team registrations, spectating, volunteering, and company sponsorship.

Its JustGiving page is still open for donations. 

Nadeem Raza, Microlise Group’s chief executive, said: “Following the success of last year’s event, where we raised £15,000, we are delighted to extend our support for Transaid this year. 

“Its dedication to increasing road safety and supporting the career development of drivers closely aligns with our own in-house values. We’re hugely proud of our team members for making the day a huge success and we’re looking forward to continuing to support such a worthy cause.” 

Caroline Barber, Transaid chief executive, added: “We are incredibly grateful to Transaid’s long-term corporate partner Microlise, for their generosity and support. 

“It’s incredibly heartwarming to see the industry come together to support our charity, raising vital unrestricted funds which will enable us to save lives through our vital work in improving road safety in sub-Saharan Africa. The day was a great success.”

She added: ”“We would also like to thank Ilkeston Town F.C., the players and the spectators who took part in the tournament, and who also generously donated to the raffle. All funds raised will directly support our road safety and access to healthcare programmes in sub-Saharan Africa.

”Thanks to our wonderful supporters, Transaid and our partners can continue to help reduce deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes and improve access to healthcare services.”