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AJ backs new football league for architects and engineers

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The AJ is supporting a five-a-side football league competition for architects which kicks off in London next month.

The UK League Network 'Architects'Challenge' began last year and brought together companies involved in architecture and civil engineering to compete for the coveted Architects' Shield (currently held by James Nisbet & Partners). The evening tournaments proved highly popular, attracting teams from across the South East. So in response, and in World Cup year, the UK League Network has announced the launch of the inaugural city-wide league for architects and engineers, called the Architects and Construction London (ACL) League.

The AJ will publish match results and tables, both in the magazine and online at ajplus. co. uk.

The information will also appear on the league website at www.ACLleague. co. uk alongside statistics on top teams and even a manager of the month award.

The ACL League kicks off in late February and will run through June, culminating in the ACL National Cup and League Awards Day.

Participating teams will play every week at topquality venues in two sections: north of the river at Tottenham; and south at Catford. Both venues have on-site bars and every game will be adjudicated by FA-qualified referees.

Teams based outside the London area, or those unable to commit to the full league, can still take part in the ACL National Cup, which will be contested on a Saturday in the summer.

Registration to the league costs £995 - which works out at about £6 per player, per game - including FA affiliation for your team, four months of matches, entry to the ACL National Cup and access to full-time league administrators and the league website.

The organisers are hoping for about 30 teams to participate. So far they have had 50 requests for application forms and two confirmed entrants - Calford Seaden Partnership from Orpington and Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo from Westminster.

The first league games will be played on Monday 25 February.

For more information or to register your company for the spring/summer league season please call Neil Baxter at UK League Network on 01376 330400 or e-mail admin@ACLleague. co. uk

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