Blackburn Car Dealership Ultimatum Inspires Accrington Football Challenge Match Charity Fundraiser


Blackburn Car Dealership Ultimatum Inspires Accrington Football Challenge Match Charity Fundraiser


A Blackburn car dealership has settled a long-running debate once and for all - on the football pitch.

Blackburn-based Bowker BMW’s first-ever 1-a-side staff football challenge match was played at Accrington Academy on Wednesday 7th September.

The match follows months of dealership banter about who would win a football match between sales and aftersales departments. And, on Wednesday, the talking stopped and the debate was settled on the pitch once and for all.

The match also raised over £400 for Bowker BMW’s nominated charity Parkinson’s UK.

Organiser and Bowker BMW corporate operations manager Paul Bamford said: “You can imagine the kind of banter we enjoy in the dealership. We’re a competitive bunch. And it seemed like a simple decision to play the match and settle the departmental debate once and for all. ”

The match finished 8-3 to the sales department. The Man of the Match Award was shared between Chris Nuttall for aftersales and Richard Cowell for the sales department. The game itself Included a goal scored from the corner by Bailey Coates a penalty saved by used car sales executive Bilal Patel and two goals each for sales executives Spencer Harris and Lex Nikandrou.

The event was sponsored by local companies Daisy Group and Veka UK Group. Female members of staff co-ordinated cheerleading activities, whilst refreshments and presentation took place at the Victoria Pub in Accrington after the match.

Paul added: “Thank you to everyone who took part, came to watch, sponsored and supported the match. I think we all enjoyed it. Well the winners definitely did anyway. There are a few sore feet. But it was all worth it. And it was nice to raise money for Parkinson’s too.“

The event was part of Bowker BMW’s 12 month commitment to chosen charity Parkinson’s UK. Earlier this year Bowker appointed two new directors of fun to co-ordinate staff charity fundraising activities.

Paul Bamford and Danielle Glover will both combine their respective jobs of corporate operations manager and receptionist team leader with drawing up a diary of fun events and challenges. The calendar will be designed to enthuse staff and generate sponsorship income for Parkinson’s UK.