The online FIFA tournament, that garnered attention from across the world, saw teams compete globally, to be named the Ultimate QuaranTeam champion.
Initially aiming for 64 teams to enter, less than 48 hours after tweeting out about the competition, we had 128 clubs signed up ready to go.
Entrants came from across the globe, including the US, Africa, Australia, France, Holland, Russia and the United Kingdom. Clubs from a total of 17 countries took part, with each choosing a competitor to represent their football club throughout each stage.
A mixture of professional footballers, supporters, FIFA players and more were involved in the tournament, with high profile names such as Todd Cantwell and Andros Townsend representing their clubs.
At the heart of the campaign was a fundraising drive, with three worthy causes to be the benefactors.
With fellow EFL clubs facing significant financial trouble through the Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to offer the chance to help – with 75% of funds raised going to the EFL to help struggling clubs.
“Throughout the COVID crisis the team here at Leyton Orient have certainly been creative and innovative in their approach,” said Chief Executive Danny Macklin.
“The idea and execution was expertly planned by two relatively new additions to the media team in Luke and Dan.”
“Thanks to their creative idea we have been able to raise funds for two great charities and also the EFL Clubs. “
“Football at this time, like nearly every industry, is in need of financial support whilst this amount won’t reduce that need by very much we recognise that every way to reduce that required financial support should be explored and encouraged where possible.”
Further to this, the final 25% was split between the World Health Organisation’s Coronavirus Response – as well as Mind, Mental Health Charity.
Since the tournament, Mind have been revealed as the front of shirt sponsor for our popular retro ‘braces’ shirt, and the team were keen to share their thanks.
“We’re so thankful to Leyton Orient for their incredible donation to Mind,” said Jodhi Avent, Senior Account Manager.
“The ‘Ultimate QuaranTeam’ FIFA tournament was a fantastic idea to keep in touch with the football community; during a time when many of us have felt isolated due to the impact of COVID 19.”
“Their donation will allow us to get one step closer to ensure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. Thank you Leyton Orient!”
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