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To kick off the international festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance, Gallagher announced the renewal of its sponsorship of the Dive In Community Cup — co-hosted by East End Phoenix Football Club.
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Gallagher is proud to announce the renewal of its sponsorship of the Dive In Community Cup — co-hosted by East End Phoenix Football Club — to kick off the international festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance, following the success of the inaugural 5-a-side tournament last year.

On Friday 14th September, teams from across the London insurance market will take on local community-based football teams in a friendly but competitive tournament to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Last year, 10 teams battled it out in the first event of its kind, also hosted by Gallagher and East End Phoenix FC, with an over-subscribed turnout.

Pauline Miller, Head of Talent Development and Inclusion at Lloyd’s, commented: “Regardless of sexuality, age, race, religion or ability, sport has the power to unite and inspire all people. Through sport we have the ability to break down barriers to inclusion as well as promote healthy lifestyles and mental well-being, so it’s great to announce the Dive In Community Cup is back for a second year and we thank Gallagher for its continued support.”

Taking place at the Powerleague Docklands, in the heart of East London, the tournament welcomes teams from the community and the insurance market. East End Phoenix FC was founded 10 years ago in Hackney, London, to provide a safe, open and social environment for anyone to come and play football regardless of their sexuality, age, race, religion or ability. The club participates in a number of global events including Pride in London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Stockholm and Tel Aviv and international campaigns such as ‘Rainbow Laces’, ‘Kick it Out’ and ‘Football vs Homophobia’.

Commenting on the Community Cup return, Elisabeth Ibeson, HR Director at Gallagher, said:

“We’re proud to be back for a second year sponsoring the Dive In Community Cup. Sport encourages individual performance as well as team collaboration, both of which are essential in fostering the more diverse and inclusive workplaces that Gallagher and the wider insurance industry are committed to developing. Last year we had a fantastic turnout and a great fun tournament, so we look forward to making the 2018 Community Cup an even greater success.”

The 2017 Community Cup Winners were Stonewall FC (pictured above), followed by Travelers in second place. Click here for further information on more Dive In Festival events.