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MHA Football tournament hailed as ‘huge success’


More than 150 people from Manchester’s thriving hospitality scene took part in a football tournament to raise funds for charity.

The 2019 Manchester Hoteliers’ Association (MHA) 5-a-side competition was held at the weekend at the Power League site in Ardwick, with money raised going to Hospitality Action.

Staff from Hotel Football were victorious, defeating employees from DoubleTree Hilton Manchester in a gripping final.

Sixteen teams took part in the annual tournament, which has become a key fundraising fixture in MHA’s calendar of activities.

Organiser Matt Brierley, General Manager of Whitworth Locke in Manchester city centre, said the competition was competitive but played in an excellent community spirit.

“The tournament couldn’t have gone better,” said Matt. “All the teams put in some brilliant performances and the whole day was a credit to not just Manchester’s hospitality offer, but the people who work in our industry.

“For more than 150 people to give up their Sunday to raise funds for a brilliant charity like Hospitality Action is a fantastic effort.”

Hospitality Action has supported people who work or have worked within hospitality in the UK and find themselves in crisis, for 180 years.

Dawn Holding, Hospitality Regional Co-ordinator, North, said: “I’d like to thank Matt and Rachael Fitton for organising this event over the past few months, as well as all the players for giving up their time to compete in a wonderful tournament.

“It’s events like this that contribute significantly to the work we do. We’re really looking forward to finding out how much was raised and want to congratulate all the teams for their efforts.”

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Philip Ghayour
Events, PR, and Marketing Manager at The Samuel James Group, Philip has a degree in Journalism from the University of Salford and holds an MSc in Marketing from Lancaster University, Philip has also worked at BBC Radio Lancashire, Clitheroe Football Club and Accrington Stanley Football Club.