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What Soccer Teaches Us About Collaboration


Collaboration is the key to success of any project

Collaboration is the key to success in any project. And what better way to put collaboration into practice than through a team sport? So after 7 months stationed on a construction site at Baldonnell business park, the project team working on the Mountpark Logistics warehouse project decided it was time to take things to the astro turf.

Joined by representatives from Mountpark Logistics EU, Projex, Rossmore Civils, JSA Architects, CBRE/Knight FrankACB, Punch Consulting Engineers, there was a highly sought after trophy at stake as well as the satisfaction and glory of outdoing your work comrades…


The benefits of soccer in enhancing collaboration become very obvious with four games of 5-aside happening in front of you.


The first benefit is communication. That ball will not get up the pitch to the goals without effective communication. Effective communication requires experienced leadership to be honest and authentic and know that working in silos will not yield the right results.

Teams need more than one player

We all appreciate Messi as a world class footballer but when the fate of the whole team depends on one player as Argentina did in the recent World Cup, they risk an individual’s underperformance as Argentina’s loss to Croatia in the group stages shows. Croatia by contrast showcased the power of teamwork again and again throughout the tournament bringing them all the way to the World Cup final! All it takes is the opposing team to mount the defence against your star player for the chances of victory to crumble.

A good team is carefully tailored to compliment the needs of the mission and one another.

Practice makes perfect!

As a kid, Christiano Ronaldo would miss dinners or sneak out through his bedroom window to go play soccer. He lived and breathed his art. He practised and practised and practised. As accomplished as he is now, the practising still does not stop as his jaw dropping bicycle kick against Juventus earlier this year in the Champion’s League quarter final proves. In the Baldonnell Cup JP Mc Donagh from Knight Frank received the golden (steel toe) boot for kicking the most goals in the tournament, a title only practice and dedication could possibly have yielded we are sure!

After all that teamwork and collaboration and demonstration of skills, the results were as follows:

1st: Punch Consulting

2nd: mac-group 2

3rd: mac-group 1

To see more photos from the tournament, please click here or contact Maria from mac directly via email.

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