GDS's Director & General Manager 'Gets Kick' out of NSPCC Fundraising
Global Display Solutions's (GDS) Director and General Manager, Richard Swetman, took part in a charity football match at Manchester City's soon-to-close stadium, Maine Road, in order to raise money for the children's charity, the NSPCC. Swetman runs the company's UK operation based in Cottingley, Yorkshire where it specialises in information displays technology.
Richard Swetman played for the Satellite One Cycles team (mainly comprising members of Congleton Round Table of which Richard is a past chairman) against Barretts Electrical, a Manchester-based company. The match took place on 14th May 2003, and was one of the last games to be played at the 35,000 capacity stadium before it closes, when Manchester City moves to the new City of Manchester Stadium.
After a gripping match in front of a rowdy crowd of at least 60 family and friends who enjoyed director's box viewing, Barretts Electrical was presented with the winning trophy, which was provided by Richard, after beating the Satellite One Cycles team by 8 goals to 3.
As well as enjoying the one-off opportunity to participate in a Maine Road football match, wearing full Manchester City kit (a painful experience for Leeds United supporter Swetman), the teams managed to raise several thousand pounds for the NSPCC.
According to Swetman, "I am privileged to have played football at such an historical ground in aid of such a worthwhile charity. All that took part enjoyed a most unforgettable and rewarding day."
Satellite One Cycles' MD Mike Litherland says "This was a real once-in-a-lifetime event that embodies everything that the Round Table stands for in that we managed to have a lot of fun while raising funds for a very worthwhile cause; a win-win result in every sense."
Helen Magee, NSPCC Divisional Communications Officer (North) says "We are really grateful to everyone who took part in the football match and helped to raise money for the NSPCC. It is only with the support of people like GDS that the NSPCC is able to continue its work with abused and neglected children."
The NSPCC is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC's Full Stop Campaign aims to end cruelty to children.