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Ex-Saints player Radhi Jaïdi dons his football boots...

Ex-Saints player, Radhi Jaïdi, joined over 100 marine industry players to compete in Marine Advertising Agency’s annual 5-a-side football tournament raising £1,000 for G4 surgery ward at Southampton General Hospital, and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Teams from across the marine industry took part in the tournament, which takes place every year during the PSP Southampton Boat Show, competing alongside local teams from Southampton FC’s sponsorship department and a team of PICU staff. The Southampton FC staff team pulled off a transfer coup by drafting in ex-Premiership player and Tunisian centre back, Radhi Jaïdi, who used to play for the club. Jaïdi, who has over 100 caps for his country, scored a penalty clinching his team’s victory over Dean & Reddyhoff’s Gosport-based Haslar Harriers in the knock out stages of the Cup competition. 

Regulars, Eastleigh-based global marine transport company Peters & May made it to the final of the Plate competition but lost 2 – 0 to new entrants, National Boat Shows who took home the Plate trophy. In the Cup competition another seasoned team, Southampton Boat Show sponsors, PSP Logistics, beat the Southampton FC staff team 2 – 0 to reach the final.

Overall victory in the Cup competition went to the Matchtech 1 team, keeping the Cup at the technical recruitment agency’s Whiteley HQ for the fourth year running.

The tournament raised a total of £1,000 for PICU and G4 Surgery ward at Southampton General Hospital. Mike Shepherd, Director of the Marine Advertising Agency (MAA), who organise the tournament said: “There was a brilliant atmosphere at the 2014 MAA 5-a-side tournament. It’s great to see new teams playing alongside those who’ve now become regulars. We are delighted that so many people in the marine industry are keen to support such an important cause.”

Southampton is the lead centre for paediatric intensive care in south central England with a catchment area that stretches from Dorset to Surrey to the Channel Islands. PICU provides first class care and treatment to over 900 critically ill children every year admitting children with both medical and surgical problems ranging in age from birth to 18 years.

The MAA 5-a-side, held in Goals in Southampton, has become a fixture on the PSP Southampton Boat Show calendar. The tournament will take place again during next year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show on 15 September 2015. 

Teams should get in touch with MAA to book their places. 

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