The construction industry’s hopeful football stars will be swapping their toolboxes for shin pads as they show off their skills at this year’s UK Construction Week, which gets underway tomorrow.
The football tournament initiative is the first of its kind for UK Construction Week, which takes places at the Birmingham NEC from October 18-20, and is one of many that have been created following the show’s partnership with Construction United, a coalition of some of the construction industry’s key stakeholders which aims to change perceptions of the sector.
The indoor pitch – dubbed the ‘NEC Nou Camp’ – will give contractors, developers and construction companies alike who didn’t quite make it to the Premier League the chance to battle it out against their competitors, to determine who really is top of the construction league table.
Matches will take place between 12pm and 4pm on all three days of the show.
Nathan Garnett, event director of UK Construction Week said: “Construction United is all about bringing the construction industry together, and as the UK’s largest event for anyone in construction, so is UK Construction Week.
“We are delighted to have partnered in this exciting football tournament, which is already creating a massive buzz around the industry. We are anticipating 30,000 people at the NEC over three days, so this is the perfect opportunity for some competitive fun in front of colleagues from up and down the country.
“Construction is an exciting and fun career; the aim is for UK Construction Week to portray it in that way too.”
As well as the 5-a-side matches, Construction United will be making sure that the industry is celebrated during the show with its Construction on Camera competition.
Open to all, the competition aims to encourage professionals within the industry to submit images of their most impressive completed construction projects, which will be shown on screens across the arena. From small-scale projects to some of Britain’s most iconic buildings, the images can be submitted via Construction United’s Twitter, with the lucky winner being announced on the final day of UK Construction Week.