FOOTBALL BRINGS DISCOVERY EMPLOYEES TOGETHER
Written by: Venal Naidu
Discovery Health hosted their annual team building indoor soccer tournament at the Gateway Astro Turf in Umhlanga.
Eight 5-aside teams were formed from the various departments at Discovery Health with four teams being placed into two groups as the tournament was carried out in round robin fashion, with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
Team Life (Discovery Life Insurance team) won the tournament after they beat team Billing (Accounts Department) by 3 goals to nil in the final. Team Captain Harun Kateeb who is a team leader in Discovery Life insisted that the victory was solely on team work.
“We didn’t have star strikers or star players, we displayed team work and a lot of character that’s what the team showed,” said Kateeb.
Kateeb also suggested that team building is great in helping companies perform more efficiently.
“Team building is the way to go in terms of keeping that synergy between the guys, playing in a tournament like this meeting different people from different areas creating networks is great and when we go back to the office and we have a query you won’t hesitate to ask anything,” explained Kateeb.
Player of the tournament Nicolas Krishna who is a service consultant in the Discovery Life Department, said that the award is not necessarily as important as winning the tournament is.
“We played for the name of the front and not the back today, player of the tournament is just one of those things but this trophy is more for the team of the tournament,” said Krishna.
Coordinator and Creator of the Discovery’s Soccer Tournaments, Brandon Govender, believes that sport is a way of bringing people together away from the working environment.
“It’s all about social upliftment, we believe that we have a lot of guys that work very hard, we believe that football is a way of bringing people together and just to enrich the culture of Discovery KwaZulu-Natal which is a family orientated business so we wanted to build the family and the vibe together,” said Govender.
*Caption: Team Life, the winners of Discovery Health’s tournament.