winning football team

Mike writes:

We’ve won another award – for football!

The joint Costain-VGC team won last week’s Crossrail Anglia annual five-a-side football charity competition.

The Line of Route 2 team raised £335 in sponsorship as their part of the team-building event, which was in aid of Cancer Research UK. VGC sponsored the team’s shirts and also contributed to the hire of the pitch.

The tournament, played on the afternoon of Thursday 16 March at PlayFootball Romford,  was organised by Costain’s logistics manager, Leigh Graham. The 14 teams came from departments across the project.

The first game of the group stages kicked off at 15:30 (there were four teams in our group). We won all three of those matches and went through as leaders of the group.

All of the games were 20 mins long: we played six games in total; three in the group stages, then quarter final, semi final and then the final. So there were some very tired legs by the end of the final! (And an injury to my knee – but I guess that’s the price of victory….)

The final, against the SHE team, kicked off at approx 18:30. At the start of the match, we stormed into a 3-0 lead. Then the opposing team come back to 3-2. Towards the end of the game, Jake and I set Steve Johnson up to score the fourth goal for us. We then played out the remainder of the game (approx 3-4 minutes) keeping possession of the ball and playing more defensively, to secure the victory and the trophy.

The Line of Route 2 team

The team who played in the tournament is working for Costain on the Shenfield middle sidings – the sidings at Shenfield where Crossrail trains will be stabled. We have a lot of work to complete by week 5 (beginning of May) because this is when the whole of Shenfield will be commissioned. We have to complete:

  • 10 lighting column bases
  • 14 CCTV camera bases
  • install approx 1,800m of drivers’ walkways
  • four drivers’ hop ups (platforms level with the train doors so the drivers can safely access the trains)
  • and sidings perimeter security fencing to enclose the whole of the sidings.
Mike Cooper, project engineer
Author: Mike Cooper, project engineer

The triumphant team in the photo: Adam Flory (Costain senior engineer), Jamie Abnett (Costain general foreman – our team captain), James Piercy (VGC superviser and key influencer), me, Mike Cooper (VGC project engineer), Steve Johnson (VGC PTS groundworker), with Jake North (VGC PTS groundworker) and Lewis Horne (VGC superviser and key influencer) at the front.



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