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Motivation and leadership – the Manchester Professionals Football League…

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16 Dec 2014
So, we are approaching that time of year again… gathering interest and teams for our annual 5 a-side Manchester Professionals Charity Football League (MPFL 6). Now in its sixth year we bring together teams from businesses throughout Manchester to compete over 7 weeks, starting Tuesday 13th January. The teams take it seriously, but it's a really enjoyable tournament once it gets underway.  The logistics of bringing it together can be challenging to say the least, but I definitely think it's worth it in the end watching an increasingly better standard of football each year on a cold wintry January night in Ardwick.

So, what are the benefits? Not only does the league raise significant funds for our charity partner, St Ann's Hospice, but we also facilitate a unique way to build relationships within the Greater Manchester business community. It also means that our clients get to know us better - recruitment consultants can be human too!

I think the league has meant that people understand we aren't just here to work a job, we can also offer expert advice about the market and their careers, and we have met several excellent candidates looking for their next career move through the tournament.

Our winter football league compliments our annual summer Cricket league (MPCL) perfectly, we understand that quality business relationships need to be nurtured and these two events help to do exactly that. 
The responsibility of being the captain/leader/co-ordinator of these corporate sports teams should not be under estimated! It mirrors real life as it can be difficult to lead, motivate and managing last minute changes to your line up.

So under these circumstances, I feel that volunteering to captain the corporate team is a real indicator of someone's drive, commitment and leadership skills and therefore a great addition to anyone's CV. It provides an insight into your personality and character, a definite plus for any employer where winning edges decide and seal the deal!   

The integrity of the competition is key. Even teams who lose their first few games and therefore make the chance of progressing into the knock-out stages unlikely need to battle on and commit to fixtures. Motivational skills are really put to the test here, especially when it's -2C and City or United (well not these days) are playing in the Champions League that night.

Well done captains, well done for putting your hand up, the tangible benefits may not be seen immediately but it says a lot about you as a person who will reap the benefits inevitably! Bring on the League - here's to another successful tournament!

To find out more about the MPFL or to submit a team email Ray Wareing or call 0161 834 1642.

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