The European Space Agency’s (ESA) annual football tournament was held in Benicassim (Valencia), Spain, on 7-8 June 2014. This year, ICTS Europe sponsored the team (men & women) from ESA’s offices in Frascati, Italy, contributing towards some of the travel expenses and purchase of sport kits. The sponsorship was extremely well received and ICTS Europe was delighted that the men’s team won the tournament!
The ESA football tournament has been taking place every year since 1980. Each year a different ESA football club takes on the responsibility of organizing it. Five teams from the different ESA offices in The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy played against each other. Each team had a men’s 11-a-side football team and a 5-a-side women’s football team.
“Congratulations to the Spanish team for having won the women’s football. We had a wonderful time and I am so happy that ESRIN (ESA’s offices at Frascati, Italy) won the 11-a-side men’s tournament! Two ICTS colleagues, Luigi Ranelli and Pierdavide Persechino, played for ESRIN and I was the team’s coach. As always, it was a wonderful social event, a great opportunity for ESA staff and contractors to spend time together also with their families and friends.
We are extremely appreciative of ICTS Europe’s contribution and support during the tournament” said Fabrizio Fiorini, ESRIN football coach and Technical Security Assistant, ICTS Italy, based at ESRIN.
ICTS Europe have been providing security services to ESA sites at various locations in Europe since 2011.