Team takes Home trophy

A RECORD number of corporate football teams competed in Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure Corporate five-a-side Tournament.

A total of 14 teams from local businesses and council departments arrived at Concordia hoping to be crowned 2011 champions.

The top teams from the two leagues were American Air Filters, Homes for Northumberland, Kyloe House and Northumberland County Council.

American Air Filters looked strong in the group stages and had their goalkeeper to thank for a great performance in a sudden death penalty shoot-out and took their place in the final.

It was Homes for Northumberland that were too strong for a tired council side to join them in the final.

Both teams matched each other in the first half of the final but it was the second half of the game where Homes for Northumberland outscored a tiring American Air Filters.

Andrew McGregor, from Homes for Northumberland, said: “The team enjoyed the day and were surprised to have come away as champions and we’re looking forward to defending the title next year.”

Anyone interested in entering a team in any future BVAL events contact Martin Deagle on (01670) 542589 or e-mail