Informals Five-a-Side report

Thank you so much to all the teams who came to the largest ever CIPA Informals Football Tournament!  With over 150 athletes and 19 teams, I feel confident in saying this year’s competition was the greatest sporting event in the history of our profession.  Plus we all enjoyed the unseasonable warmth of a sunny British July.

Although all the teams performed superbly, and despite what we learned on Sports Day, there can be only one actual winner.  Congratulations to Kilburn & Strode, who defeated EIP in an exceptionally nail-biting final, and hoisted the Trophy of Champions.  I’m sure it will look magnificent prominently displayed in the largest of your meeting rooms.

Make sure to come along next year – I’m already looking forward to it!

Your (retiring) Sports Captain,
Freddie Fulton


CIPA Informals 5-a-side football tournament 2016

Come along and bring a team to the CIPA Informals 2016 5-a-side football tournament!

The tournament will be hosted on Friday 22nd July at PowerLeague London City, near Shoreditch High Street station.  Last year was excellent, and this year we even have trophies for the winners and runners-up!

Bring glory to your firm.

Email Informals Sports Coordinator Freddie Fulton ( to secure a place for your team.

Informals’ 5-a-side tournament 2015

This year’s 5-a-side tournament is booked for the evening of Friday 31st July at PowerLeague London City next to Shoreditch High Street station.

If you are interested in fielding a team, please email Kevin Heritage (Informals’ Sports Coordinator) at

Further details will be announced in due course.


5-a-side Tournament Results

Friday 01 August brought with it the most highly anticipated football tournament of the year…no not the World Cup, but the annual Informals 5-a-side tournament at the Powerleague in Shoreditch.  With a record number of 14 teams, including teams from private IP firms, in-house IP divisions, general practice law firms and an IP software and management firm, this year’s competition was geared up to be one of the most fiercely contested yet.

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Informals 5-a-side Football

Feel inspired by the upcoming World Cup to dust-off your football boots?!  If so, you may be interested to know that this year’s 5-a-side tournament is booked for the evening of Friday 01 August at PowerLeague London City next to Shoreditch High Street station.

If you are interested in fielding a team, please send an email to Ruth Telfer to register your interest. Further details will be announced here in due course.

Ruth Telfer
(Informals Sports Coordinator)

5-a-side tournament report

Wednesday 19th June brought with it the annual CIPA Informals 5-a-side football tournament.


The fiercely contested tournament brings together the finest athletic specimens from the IP world to battle it out on the field, this time at the John Orwell Sports Centre in Wapping.  A record 12 teams entered the tournament, meaning that the teams had to be randomly allocated to two pools, of six teams per pool, so that each team could play enough games in the evening.


Each team played all the other teams within their pool, meaning that each team had at least five matches in total.  The winner from each pool then went on to battle it out for the title of CIPA Informals 5-a-side football champions, with the runners up from each pool entering a third place playoff.


We had three pitches for the tournament and so six teams were on the field at any one time.  After a slow start, the goals started pouring in.  Quickly it became evident that Carpmaels A had played together before, and soon went into the lead in their pool.  Mewburn’s team kit looked particularly professional.  Withers and Rogers played strongly, and for a while it seemed as if they were going through to the final, only to be beaten to the mark by an impressive EIP, narrowly beating Withers and Rogers on goal difference to win their pool.


The final therefore came down to Carpmaels A against EIP, with the third place playoff being battled out between Mewburn Ellis and Withers and Rogers.  Sadly Mewburn’s team kit didn’t save them, and Withers and Rogers won third place.  In the contest for CIPA champion, both EIP and Carpmaels A looked like they were in for a chance of winning.  Sadly, when the whistle blew, it was a tie.  This meant penalties.  One of the few rules of the tournament required that every team must have a woman present on the field.  Therefore, when it came to penalties, both teams had to put forward a woman to shoot.  Early misses by players from both EIP and Carpmaels sent the crowd into a frenzy.  It came down to the two women to take a shot – and both scored!  Early misses by Carpmaels cost them the title however, with EIP being crowned CIPA Informals 5-a-side football champions 2013.


Post-match a celebratory pint was had at the pub as the winners (and losers) basked in their glory.  Watch this space for next year…

– Andrew White

CIPA 5-a-side Football 2013

This year’s 5-a side football tournament is provisionally booked for the evening of Wednesday 19th June at the John Orwell Sports Centre in Wapping.

Anyone who is interested should email Andrew White (Informals sports coordinator) to let him know.  Further details will be announced in due course.

CIPA football tournament rescheduled

The 5-a-side football tournament has been rescheduled to Saturday 18th August at 2 pm.

The deadline for entries is 15 July – please contact the Informals’ Sports Coordinator, Steven Charlton, to register a team.

Informals 5-a-side Football Tournament 2012

Sponsored by:  Patrafee

Where: Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley (postcode HA0 1JH – see map below)

Nearest Tubes: Alperton & Hanger Lane

When: Wed 15th August, 2pm

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New Sports Coordinator appointed

Steven Charlton (a keen runner and a frequenter of the South Bank University gym located in London’s delightful Elephant and Castle area) has now taken up the role of sports co-ordinator for the 2011/2012 CIPA Informals committee.

Steven would like to remind all readers (in case they weren’t already aware) that this year is a big one for sport.  How could anyone forget that the Olympics will be taking place in our beloved capital London, that Bruno Senna will be driving for Williams, the European Football Championships are coming up this summer,  and probably most importantly of all – wait for it – Newcastle United are sixth in the league at the current time of writing.

Readers can now look forward to another occurrence of the annual five-a-side tournament which takes place towards the end of July/August.  Furthermore, with Steven as our sports co-ordinator we can also look forward to some paintballing events and perhaps a day of outdoor sporting activities at one of the Go Ape centres located nationwide if you’re feeling strong.

Keep an eye out for notices of upcoming events in later editions of the Yellow Sheet and if you have any suggestions for a sporting event that you would like to see organised Steven invites you to get in touch with him (via the “Contact” tab at the top of this blog).