table football

A-Z of life at RKH | Foosball

F is for foosball in the A-Z of life at RKH.

At RKH we take foosball very seriously. To us, it’s more than just a fun table-top game, it’s a fully fledged sport. The team have regular league matches and put in hours of practice to hone their skills over lunchtimes and after work. Our current table is starting to look pretty love-worn, we’ve repaired it endless times and our players are covered in tape, but we don’t know what we’d do without it. We definitely couldn’t think of a better way to spend our breaks!

No one can say for sure who first invented it, but the first patent for the game as we know it today was registered in Britain by Harold Searles Thornton in 1923. The first leagues started springing up in Europe in the 1950s, but Foosball didn’t gain widespread popularity until the mid-1970s. In 2002, The International Table Soccer Federation was founded, with the aim of promoting table football as a serious sport and established the game with the IOC and GAISF.

Our own team are no strangers to a good competition, Ian and Rick were chosen to represent RKH at the Cranfield Table Football Championships back in June this year. They did us all proud, battling their way to second place against 29 other highly skilled teams from right across the Midlands. Our competitive streak isn’t just reserved for outsiders, though, the RKH table football trophy is highly prized and league matches are fought hard, with everyone vying for the honour of displaying it proudly on their desk.

Ian and Rick represent RKH at the Cranfield Table Football Championships 2016

Foosball is a serious sport here at RKH, with our table showing the scars of a hotly contested office league.

Having worked with Cranfield Business Recovery for a number of years on design projects and their website, we were invited to take part in the annual Cranfield Table Football Championships. We sent Ian and Rick over to Coventry to represent the team and they did us proud, coming in 2nd place out of 30 teams.

There was a great mix of local businesses represented at the tournament, with teams entering from all over the Midlands. It was so nice to meet lots of new faces, as well as getting to catch up with some more familiar ones. 

The teams had to play 4 matches to qualify from a group, we won 3 and drew 1, before going on to win our quarter and semi-final matches. With each game just 2 minutes long, they were really hard fought and tension was high. After making it through the knockout stages we made it to the final, facing up against Brett and Tony from Cranfield, our toughest opponents yet. Our hit and hope tactics which had proven so effective in earlier rounds, failed this time around and we lost 6-3, placing us 2nd in the competition.

Everyone had a brilliant time, we really enjoyed ourselves and there was a great atmosphere with all of the teams really getting into the spirit of things. Thanks to Cranfield for hosting such a fun afternoon and congratulations on the well deserved win - now how about a rematch?