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Competitors rise to RailSport challenge

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Back for 2017 in its new home of Loughborough University, the RailSport Games gave the industry’s brightest sports stars the opportunity to bring back a gold medal for their companies and colleagues.

The tournament – now in its 24th year – saw teams and individuals take part in 12 different sports at venues around the campus, giving competitors the opportunity to use the same world-renowned facilities favoured by many of Britain’s elite sports men and women.

Challengers took to various pitches, courts and courses throughout the two-day competition, which was held between the 8-9 July. Among the winners were Irish Rail, Network Rail, Hitachi and East Midlands Trains.

Andrew Midgley, managing director of TXM Recruit – a sponsor of this year’s event – entered a 5-a-side team for the first time this year. He said, ‘This event’s good for team building, getting some of the guys together at the weekend, but also to come and enjoy it and see some of our customers in a social environment.

‘We’re looking to do a little bit more in terms of sponsorship of events and engaging with customers – and also the lads love their football so it’s a good opportunity to get them together.’

Following the first day’s competition, a charity exhibition match was held between a combined BTP and Metropolitan Police team and the Railway Barbarians, which included squad members from Railway RFC and the Celtic Rail Barbarians.

The match, which was sponsored by Panasonic Business, was organised to show solidarity for colleagues caught up in the Manchester and London terror attacks, and to raise money for the British Red Cross Solidarity fund.

Keep an eye on the RailSport website for a full break down of this year’s results