Over 200 staff from St George’s Hospital took part in a specially arranged football tournament on Sunday, 13 June.

The event –run by the AFC Wimbledon Foundation and supported by St George’s Hospital Charity – was held to thank and celebrate St George’s staff for their efforts over the past 12 months, and during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Just under 30 men’s and women’s teams competed, and the two winning teams will go on to represent St George’s and AFC Wimbledon in a tournament later this summer featuring other London hospitals and professional football clubs.

The event was held at Aspire Academy in Southfields, with all players receiving a medal courtesy of AFC Wimbledon Foundation, and goodie bag provided by St George’s Hospital Charity.

Philip Rudling, Foundation Director at AFC Wimbledon Foundation, said: “We wanted to do so something to thank the staff at St George’s, who have done so much for our local community in recent months. Football has a unique way of bringing people together, so we were really pleased to help. Staff had a great time, and the games were really competitive as well.”

Amerjit Chohan, Chief Executive, St George’s Hospital Charity, added: “It was a fantastic day, and we are incredibly grateful to AFC Wimbledon for running the tournament – events like this bring people together, and demonstrate the power of organisations working together for a common good.”

Suzanne Marsello, Chief Strategy Officer at St George’s Hospital, said: “We are incredibly grateful to AFC Wimbledon Foundation for hosting this brilliant event, and to St George’s Hospital Charity for supporting it. Working in partnership with local organisations and charities is something we value highly at the Trust, and it was also great for our staff to take part in this event after a difficult and challenging year for everyone at St George’s.”