NEX beat an ION team 4-3 in the final to lift the winner’s trophy in the annual FFK five-a-side football tournament on 1st November. ION, who sponsored the event, also had a team in the third-place playoffs, losing 2-4 against RJ O’Brien.
Thirteen teams joined in the fun on the cold winter’s evening at the Power League pitches in Shoreditch. They included a team representing some of the young people supported by one of Futures for Kids’ charities, Leadership Through Sport and Business. The work of the charity was brilliantly illustrated by the thank you words provided by one LTSB alumnus, Nabhan, who is now an apprentice at Cult Wines, another of the teams participating on the night.
The full list of firms field one or two teams was:
Cult Wines, FOW, GH Financials, INTL FC Stone, ION, KRM22, Leadership Through Sport and Business, LME Clear, NEX, Orbis Consulting, RJ O’Brien.
Thank you to all the teams and players and particularly to ION for the generous sponsorship that made the event possible.
The sun shone brightly as more than 60 golfers gathered to compete for the much-coveted Bob Ray Memorial Trophy at the picturesque Royal Blackheath Golf Club.
Long before the US awoke to its Independence Day celebrations, our enthusiastic golfers met for breakfast before a shotgun start at 8.30am. With the weather proving especially kind, the drinks cart was as popular as ever as teams from Argon, BAML, Barclays, CME, Cult Wines, CurveGlobal, Fidessa, FFK, ICE, INTL FC Stone, ION Group, JP Morgan, KRM22, Sheffield Haworth and Societe Generale took on the testing course.
Notwithstanding the bonhomie on display throughout the day, the competitive spirit was alive and well. Mulligans and 'Beat the Pro' tickets were in high demand and individuals and teams vied for prizes in one of the many challenges.
Congratulations to the winners in the individual contests:
Longest Drive – Nick Forgan
Nearest the Pin (12th hole) – Jon Garner
Nearest the Pin (16th hole) – Jon Regan
Best individual player – Jon Regan with 42 points (closely followed by Stephen O'Connor with 41 points and Garry Jones with 40)
A number of players managed to beat the unquestionably talented RBGC pro, Matt Johns, in the 8th hole challenge. Drawing those names from a hat, Mike Wilkins walked away with this year’s ‘Beat the Pro’ prize.
Competition was fierce for the Fastest Hole contest with CurveGlobal coming out on top with a time of 50.77 seconds. Second place went to the BAML team (51.4) and third place to ION (62.10).
Rounding off the prize-giving the Bob Ray Memorial Trophy was presented to CurveGlobal, winning with a team score of 95 points, ahead of joint runners-up JP Morgan and Sheffield Haworth with 93 points apiece.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, and all those who took part, the event raised more than £22,000 which will make a real difference to the many projects that FFK supports.
With great sadness, FIA and FFK today announced the passing of Bernadette “Bernie” Connolly, a longtime and highly respected staff member in FIA’s London office. Although living with a terminal illness for a number of years, Bernie continued to be the steady cornerstone of FIA’s events in Europe as well as a trustee of Futures for Kids..
Over 150 runners gathered at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on 23 May to complete the inaugural FFK 10k run, with 101 running the two-laps of the course for the full 10k, and a further 56 running once round for 5k.
Teams and individuals representing all sections of the futures industry, including exchanges, brokers, vendors, trading firms and trade associations, participated in the friendly, and in some cases competitive, event.
The winner of the men's 10k race, and overall winner, was Ian Firla from OSTC, who completed the race in an impressive 37:12 minutes. Leading the pack for the women was Ellie Moffatt, from Mazars and Leadership Through Sport and Business, who finished in an equally impressive 40:16.
The 5k race was won by Sam Harry, from JDX, with a time of 20:16, while his JDX team mate Alexa Carter won the women's race in 22.12 minutes.
A great time was had by all and FFK trustees, a number of whom also completed the run, would like to thank all the sponsors who made this event possible: Gold sponsors - Calyposo and ION; Silver sponsors - Cinnober, Fidessa, GH Financials, OSTC and RJ O'Brien; Bronze sponsors - FOW, Illuminate, Kite and KRM22; and Supporters - Cult Wines, FIA and John Lothian News.
This is set to be an annual event and we look forward to seeing all the runners, and more, again next year!
The full set of results can be found here
The annual FFK quiz night, which took place on 18 April, once again proved a great success and lots of fun, with INTL FCStone narrowly beating Jo's Joes (a team made up for former Liffe staff brought together by Jo Shannon and Jonathan Seymour) following a final, tiebreaker question. In joint third place were FIA's team, the Fiascos, the Smartinis, representing ACI UK, and WILD (Women in Listed Derivatives).
Thanks to our silver sponsors:
Thanks also to the table sponsors: FIA, FOW, ION, INTL FCStone, Jo's Joes, Kite, London Metal Exchange and WILD.
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This year, FFK is celebrating its tenth anniversary and in order to mark our first decade we are holding our first ever fun run – the FFK 10K*.
There is a registration fee of £30 per runner (which includes your running shirt). If you could see your way clear to also raise funds by way of sponsorship, employer matching and/or an additional donation we’d be overjoyed!
So grab your trainers, find your competitive spirit and dig deep to help us celebrate and raise much-needed funds for FFK’s wonderful and deserving charities.
More information is available here
Partnering has a proven track record
On 26 October 2017, FFK revived the annual five-a-side football tournament, along with event partners, ION and Curve Global
Nine teams assembled at the Powerleague pitches in Shoreditch to compete for the winning trophy, all in the name of raising funds for Futures for Kids.
Fun was had by all as the teams battled it out but ultimately NEX Exchange came out on top and took home the trophy!
After the competition the teams and their supporters recovered with a BBQ, and drinks at the Owl and the Pussycat, where the trophy presentation took place.
The full list of winners is as follows:
- Trophy Winner: NEX Exchange
- Trophy Runner-up: Orbis Klopp Outs (Orbis Consulting)
- Plate Winner: Hardly Athletic (SocGen)
- Plate Runner-up: ICE Chicago
- Wooden Spoon: Bayer Neverlosen (ION)
A big thank you to our sponsors and to all who played and attended. We are thrilled to report that we raised just over £3,000 for our fabulous charities, and thanks to the support we received for the event, the tournament is firmly cemented in the events calendar for years to come!