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Business Fives: Step Away From the Desk and Onto the Pitch for Charity

The Fintech Times, the world’s leading and first fintech newspaper, has teamed up with Rise, created by Barclays – a global community of the world’s top innovators working together to create the future of financial services – to raise money for charity Street Child.

We’re putting on our football boots and taking part in a charity football tournament run by Business Fives, a corporate charity sports events company.

Since launching in 2016, Business Fives has set a goal to donate £1,000,000 to charities within 10 years. It is inviting companies to take to the pitch to raise money for their chosen charity.

We’ve chosen to raise money for Street Child. Street Child is on a mission to see all children safe, in school and learning – even, and especially, in low-resource environments and emergencies.

Street Child works with an expanding network of 95+ local organisations for lasting impact in 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Business Fives 2023

The 2023 Winter Season of Business Fives is set to create social impact with the £500,000 charity target within touching distance.

The events will be visiting 30 major cities across the UK and Ireland this winter to find the national business five-a-side football champions. Business Fives has recently launched a new .com domain site to reflect the international expansion of the events with events planned in Australia and beyond in 2023.

The five-a-side events offer London-based professionals the chance to leave the office and boost their company culture. All the while making new connections and raising money for worthy causes.  There is two events planned in the city. The first is on Wednesday 1st February at the Shoreditch Powerleague; the second, Thursday 23rd March at the Shepherds Bush Powerleague.

Each company taking part nominates a charity partner to fundraise for ahead of the event. The winning teams from the two tournament tiers from each event will have the chance to win a donation.  Already over 95 per cent of the way there, the target for the winter season is to go well beyond the £500,000 milestone raised for charities since Business Fives kicked off.

Clients across a diverse range of sectors are already involved in the events. The mixed events have prizes on offer for the best ladies and men’s players. This is in addition to trophies for the top fundraisers and is open to any company to join.  They cater for all levels of ability with a tiered tournament format. This allows companies of a similar standard to enjoy game time against each other. All businesses involved will be playing for a place in the National finals. This will take place in the middle of April.

Local businesses supporting local charities

Since launching in 2016 Business Fives has set a goal to donate £1,000,000 to charities within 10 years. Throughout the 2023 winter season, companies will once again take to the pitch to raise money for their chosen charity. At the same time, they will be competing for Fives’ bumper donation of 10 per cent of all revenue from the event. The tournaments offer more than just monetary aid for the charities. They open a range of potential new partnership opportunities between charities and the local business community.

Supporters of Business Fives

Business Fives boasts some famous ex-players and sporting celebrities as ambassadors. These include John Hartson, Dean Windass, Danny Simpson and Kenny Miller to name just a few.

Founder and Business Fives managing director John McClarey – who also organises the Business Fours golf events – said:

“We are super excited for our 2023 events to kick off across the country. The events have proven popular with a varied client base. Its great seeing such a wide range of job roles come together on the football pitch.  We are really grateful for the charity efforts of our clients and those involved who have been enthusiastic about creating a positive social impact on their communities. We look forward to growing this impact.”

Want to play?

If you think your company would like to get involved, the full line up of events can be found on their newly launched site.


  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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