SEVENTY footballers from Convergys took time off from their busy schedule to have some fun in the sun in a football tournament at the University of the Philippines High School campus last Sunday.

Six mixed teams joined the event, which was Convergys’ second in-house football tournament, with Team White taking the champion’s trophy.

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Aside from promoting camaraderie among the participants, the event also gave the organizers a chance to scout players for the various inter-call center football


“Aside from it promoting teamwork and sportsmanship, this tournament is really just another campaign to scout more players and to pick a core team for inter-call center competitions.

CVG is very supportive when it comes to employee engagement events, especially if it involves promoting wellness. The company truly believes in work-

life balance and in employee satisfaction,” said organizer Tanya Chica.

Convergys plans to field three teams—two in the men’s division and one in the women’s division—in an upcoming tournament.

“Ideally, we would like to join competitions exclusive for call center teams -- this because we have a bigger chance of winning and the competition with the other teams is relatively at the same level. Some of our players, though, belong to other clubs who are active in other tournaments. But as a team, we’re sticking to the exclusive tournaments for now,” Chica said.

Individual winners

Last Sunday, White ran off with four of the five individual awards aside from the champion’s trophy.

White routed Dark Blue, 3-0, in the semifinals and went on to beat Yellow, 1-0, in the finals on Antonio Yap Jr.’s goal.

Yellow advanced to the finals after a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Blue.

Yap was named the top scorer while teammate Rowell Unabia was named the MVP. White’s Vergel Aquino and Mitchel Bornia were also named the best midfielder and best goalkeeper, respectively.

Other members of the team were Axel Jupista, Nico Amaro, Orville Pingol, Karl Amatong, Gay Walker, Lenny Escarpe, Neil Garet, Jay Michael Dabon and James Diayon.

Yellow’s Venancio Gabriel also won the best defender award.

After last Sunday’s tournament, Chica said their company is planning to hold three more events this year—one in every quarter.