Battle of the Plate

30 April 2019
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team
  • Telereal Trillium 5 a side football Cooke & Arkwright team

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Telereal Trillium held their annual national 5-a-side football tournament in Birmingham on Thursday 25th April 2019. Ten teams from Telereal were put forward to play 10 teams from their key national advisors, including surveyors, solicitors and project managers. As property advisors to Telereal, Cooke & Arkwright were invited to enter the tournament with a team of nine surveyors. The competitive spirit was well and truly ignited when they shared a coach to the Perry Barr venue with another team from Eversheds in Cardiff.

The squads battled it out all day with Cooke & Arkwright making it through to an exciting Plate final against Telereal Trillium’s Teresa’s Full English. This was watched by the tournament’s guest of honour, former England international Sir Trevor Brooking. No pressure then.

Despite being down 2:0 at half time, the Full English pulled back to equalise in the second half, sending the game into a penalty shoot-out.  Cooke & Arkwright however, emerged triumphant to win the Plate, which was officially presented by Sir Trevor Brooking,

To add to the occasion, Cooke & Arkwright’s Caryl Howell was named Female Player of the Tournament and also received a presentation from Sir Trevor.

A tired, but happy team boarded the coach back to Cardiff late in the evening after appropriate celebration. We would like to thank Telereal Trillium for organising an energetic and most enjoyable day!

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group