Third Manchester Insurance Tournament survives the weather

Tue 23 Aug 2016

By Linni Mitchell

The third annual Insurance Institute of Manchester (IIM) Tournament got off to a wet start  -- and middle, and finish – on Friday 19 August at Parrs Wood School in Didsbury, with continuous downpours throughout day. 

However, this didn’t dampen the spirit of the occasion, with players from nine insurance corporations embracing the weather and enjoying the day in true Manchester style, with raindrops dripping from their company baseball caps and umbrellas.

This year’s tournament structure was altered to account for the extra teams entered in an event that has gone from six teams in 2014 to seven teams in 2015 and to nine this year. 

The nine teams were split into three groups, and once an initial round-robin had been played, the teams were split again into Gold, Silver and Bronze categories to play their final games.

Charity

The IIM Tournament was sponsored by Hays Recruitment and money was raised throughout the day for local charity Jump Space, a rebound therapy, trampolining and sensory play centre for people with disabilities.

Raffle prizes donated from competing companies included a £100 Selfridges voucher, two tickets for Manchester City v West Ham United and a Manchester United shirt signed by Wayne Rooney.

A throwing competition also took place during a mid-way break break, with £2 donated per two balls thrown.  The winner took away a bottle of Prosecco for their efforts.

Results

In a shock result, new entrants Chubb were victorious over AIG, the reigning IIM champions, in the first game of the day.

Allianz then managed to steal the Gold title from Chubb in the two-inning final, and Allianz were ecstatic to take the trophy home after two years of placing second.

St James’ Place took the Silver title in their debut at the tournament, and sponsors Hays Recruitment won the Bronze title.

Katie Jackson, IIM President, made a special appearance at the tournament, both playing and handing out prizes to the winners.

The teams took the weather in great spirit and awards were given for categories such as Muckiest Player.  So the day was a great success despite the weather and BSUK is looking forward to next year’s tournament, which will hopefully be bigger and better -- and ideally sunnier!

Comments and thanks

BSUK North West Regional Coach Linni Mitchell said, “It’s exciting to see how teams with players who had never played or even picked up a glove before 11.00 am this morning are able to play against teams with a couple of years’ experience under their belts.  It is a great example of how easy softball is to pick up for literally anybody who is keen to give it a go.  Reactions to the day show how corporate softball can be really beneficial for the workplace.”

The tournament would not have been possible without the time and effort put in by Natasha Miotk and Suchit Desai, both Events Committee members from the Insurance Institute of Manchester, who do this on a voluntary basis, as well as the help received from Manchester Softball League players.

Natasha Miotk said, “Despite the rain there were still plenty of smiles at the IIM Softball Tournament.  What a great bunch of people we have in our industry!  A special thank you to our sponsors Hays, to BaseballSoftballUK who helped set up and pack up, and to the MSL players who looked after our new teams.  Congratulations to Allianz for winning and Chubb for coming second.  Also, a shout to our courageous umpires!”

If your company would like to get involved with this event, please get in touch with Luis Arrevillagas.

For more information about corporate softball opportunities, visit www.hitthepitch.com/hit-the-pitch/companies.

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