The Operational Teams at IWJS and Anglian Water have recently taken part in a seven-a-side football match as part of a move to strengthen working relationship between IWJS and Anglian Water.
The match was suggested by Tom Balfour, Water Recycling Network Manager at Anglian Water to David Eade, Compliance Director at IWJS. Sam Stannard, Operations Manager at IWJS assisted Tom in putting the match together.
The aim of the match was to create an environment where IWJS and Anglian Water could work very closely, in a fast-paced, reactive environment, strengthening their bond. The businesses have worked together for more than 20 years.
Football is a great sport for fitness, which can improve mental health and encourage activity. It was a great opportunity for the staff from both organisations to meet in an informal atmosphere. The longer-term goal being to play more regularly and incorporate more people.
The IWJS head office is in Woolpit, Suffolk and the Anglian Water Team is based in Whitlingham, Norfolk. Both sides have a fair share of Norwich City Fans and Ipswich Town Fans. Norwich and Ipswich have been football rivals going back many years. However, when the two sides play, they put aside rivalries, have fun and encourage wellbeing.
IWJS came out on top in the match, becoming proud recipients of the IWJS vs Anglian Water Challenge cup with a 10-4 win. A rematch is already being planned, with scope to involve other Anglian Water departments and IWJS depots, with charitable affiliations.
Tom Balfour said: “It was great to bring both businesses together and promote summer wellbeing.”
Sam Stannard said “These two teams of people, work closely together and have to deliver under pressure using a strong combination of innovation and experience. It’s through collaborative working and strong bonds that a better, quicker and safer service can be provided. Experiences like this help to deepen those bonds, strengthen relationships and provide a better service.”
The Anglian Water team was:
Paul Thurling – Network Support tech
Martin Church – Field tech
Tom Balfour - WRN network manager
Russell West - Field tech
Matt Hill – Field tech
Jake Hannant – Agile resource
Chris White – Field tech
Harvey Marczewski-Newman – Field tech
Adam Thompson – Works process controller
Dave Underwood – Field tech
Dom Annis – Field tech
Marco Mandis – Field tech
The IWJS team was:
Dave Galloway – Operations Planners
Bradley Harrington – Assistant Accountant
Marcus Cooper- Operative
Lewis Phelps – CCTV Rig Leader
Jarrod Evans – Operative
Tom Edgar – Van Pack Operative
Ian Walker – IMR Project Manager
Alfie Foster – CCTV Administrator
Aaron Britton – Southern CCTV Manager
Marcus Cumberbatch – Operative
Brendan Payne – Depot Supervisor
Sam Stannard – Operations Manager
Matthew Bull – Depot Supervisor
Martin Daniels – Operative