17th Mar 2016

Twenty six teams took part in our first ever ‘City Bounce’ bubble football tournament on 10 March at Play on Sports Arena in Whitechapel. Raising a total of £15,000, the funds will help us save more lives in London. 

More than 130 young City workers put on the inflatable zorbs to play against each other and support the charity. The event was organised in partnership with Tokio Marine Kiln — the leading provider of specialist and corporate insurance. 

The tournament was won by first aid specialists Safe & Sound with Miller Insurance coming second. The winners will receive bespoke learning and skills development sessions from our operational staff on subjects such as effective team communication, leadership and high-level performance. Together with the runners up they also have the chance to visit our helipad on the roof of The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. 

Simon Bianco, Energy Underwriter at Tokio Marine Kiln said:“There are various charity fundraising events but I have to say I have never heard of one like this before. Bubble football feels more like rugby than football, and it is also quite a good excuse to get together as a team outside of the office. Tokio Marine Kiln has always been involved with very good causes which capture people’s imagination and this year we have chosen to support London's Air Ambulance as our charity of the year.” 

Quaam Animashaun, Marketing Manager at Leigh Day said: “Bubble football is a lot of fun, but it is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. It is nothing like I have ever done before. I would compare it to weight lifting while playing football. London's Air Ambulance does great work all across London and I would recommend getting involved in anything that London's Air Ambulance does. It is great to know that we are helping London's Air Ambulance to make a difference to the most critically injured.” 

Mark Davies, Director of Development at London’s Air Ambulance said: “I was delighted to see so many young City workers supporting us and having a great time at the event. I would like to congratulate the winning team and I am sure they will find the learning and development sessions delivered by our operational teams highly beneficial.” 

He added: “As a charity we rely on the public’s donation and we really appreciate all the support we receive. Hopefully we could turn our ‘City Bounce’ event into an annual tournament providing a great teambuilding and networking opportunity for young City workers.” 

Fancy taking part in one of our upcoming challenge events too?