Gallagher backs the 'Dive In Community Cup' to promote inclusion


Second annual football cup sponsored by Gallagher confirmed

Co-hosted by East End Phoenix FC

Call for teams now live

Gallagher has proudly renewed its sponsorship of the Dive In Community Cup — co-hosted by East End Phoenix Football Club — to kick off the international festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance, following the success of the 2017 event. 

On Friday 14th September, teams from across the London insurance market will take on local community-based football teams in a friendly but competitive tournament to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Last year, 10 teams battled it out in the inaugural event, also hosted by Gallagher and East End Phoenix FC, with an over-subscribed turnout. 

Pauline Miller, Head of Talent Development and Inclusion at Lloyd’s, commented: “Regardless of sexuality, age, race, religion or ability, sport has the power to unite and inspire all people. Through sport we have the ability to break down barriers to inclusion as well as promote healthy lifestyles and mental well-being, so it’s great to announce the Dive In Community Cup is back for a second year and we thank Gallagher for its continued support.” 

Taking place at the Powerleague Docklands, in the heart of East London, the tournament welcomes teams from the community and the insurance market. East End Phoenix FC was founded 10 years ago in Hackney, London, to provide a safe, open and social environment for anyone to come and play football regardless of their sexuality, age, race, religion or ability. The club participates in a number of global events including Pride in London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Stockholm and Tel Aviv and international campaigns such as ‘Rainbow Laces’, ‘Kick it Out’ and ‘Football vs Homophobia’. 

Commenting on the Community Cup return, Elisabeth Ibeson, HR Director at Gallagher, said: 

“We’re proud to be back for a second year sponsoring the Dive In Community Cup. Sport encourages individual performance as well as team collaboration, both of which are essential in fostering the more diverse and inclusive workplaces that Gallagher and the wider insurance industry are committed to developing. Last year we had a fantastic turnout and a great fun tournament, so we look forward to making the 2018 Community Cup an even greater success.”

Felix Caldeira of East End Phoenix FC added: “East End Phoenix Football Club is extremely proud to cohost the second annual Dive In Community Cup alongside Gallagher. As a football club we encourage participation in our sport from all groups in our local community and provide an inclusive, friendly and social environment to all. We look forward to supporting the Dive In initiative during the 2018 tournament and in all future programmes.”

The fourth Dive In Festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance will reach more cities than ever in 2018, marking outstanding growth since its inception in 2015. Events this year will be spread across three days from 25th – 27th September in 27 countries, returning to locations such as London, Perth, Zurich, and Bermuda, as well as new cities including Amman, Tokyo, San Antonio, and Wellington. 

The festival has continued to garner support with the highest number of gold sponsors from the insurance industry. Gold sponsors this year include: AIG, Aon, Chubb, CNA Hardy, Guy Carpenter, Lloyd’s, Marsh, Miller, Prudential, Willis Towers Watson, XL Catlin, and Zurich, alongside gold festival partner Kennedys.

Silver sponsors have also been confirmed as: Allianz, Beazley, Ed, Direct Line Group, Gallagher, JLT, Markel, MS Amlin, Renaissance Re, Travelers and THB, with festival partners Oliver James Associates and Resource Solutions.