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Match Preview: Sony UK TEC v RS Components

After last week’s breath-taking Champions League and Europa League semi-finals ensured that both major European finals will be all-English affairs and Manchester City wrapped up another Premier League title over the weekend, the world’s attention now turns to the Cardiff City Stadium (OK maybe not the world, but our small part of it) for the third annual Raspberry Pi Derby between employees from RS Components and Sony UK Technology Centre on Friday 17th May.  

Since 2017 teams representing Raspberry Pi’s manufacturer and distribution partner have gone head-to-head in a bid to raise money for their designated charities. RS Components will once again be raising money for Children with Cancer UK this year, whilst Sony UK Technology Centre’s adopted charity is Children’s Ward Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

Home advantage could play a crucial role for the Sony side this year, as they look to prevent RS Components from recording a third straight victory, and ensure that the silverware and bragging rights remain in Wales for the next 12 months.

They will be in familiar surroundings at the Cardiff City Stadium too, as Sony held their annual Cardiff v Swansea colleagues internal match last Friday at the same venue.

Andy Keenan’s RS Components recorded an impressive 4-1 victory in the inaugural match on their last trip to Wales, which they followed up with a closely contested 2-1 win at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on a warm Friday evening last June.

After a blistering start Sony’s Lewis James scored an impressive free-kick just two minutes into the match to provide manager Gareth Boulding with the perfect start, but RS strikers Luke Cummins and Nicki Young completed a quick turnaround for the hosts in the second half to maintain their 100% record against the Welshmen.

With a number of new additions to his playing squad, RS Components’ manager Andy Keenan will be demanding that his side does not leave Wales empty-handed and that the trophy returns to Northamptonshire.

However, the main goal is to raise money for a worthy cause, with the match in aid of Children with Cancer UK. If you would like to help then please donate what you can at, to help ensure children who are diagnosed with this terrible disease can win their battle and have the life they deserve, free from cancer.

Good luck to both teams and thank you to everybody who has generously supported this event so far by donating.

What is the Raspberry Pi Derby?

Since 2012, RS Components have worked alongside the Sony UK Technology Centre and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to manufacture millions of Raspberry Pi’s, a series of low cost, credit-card sized single board computers that plug into a computer monitor or TV. Designed and manufactured in the UK, it enables people of all ages to explore computing, learning how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. Originally targeted for classrooms, the Raspberry Pi range has enjoyed wide success with computer enthusiasts and makers worldwide.

Sony UK TEC manufactures in excess of 15,000 Pi products per day, with a full range available from RS Components by Clicking Here. We also have a wide range of Raspberry Pi articles on DesignSpark, which you can explore by Clicking Here.

The Raspberry Pi Derby is an annual football match between the manufacturer and distributor of the Raspberry Pi.

Children with Cancer UK

Children with Cancer UK (CwC) is a charity that funds invaluable research into childhood cancers and developing the very best treatment for these. Currently, CwC is funding over 50 live research projects, along with providing both financial and emotional support for families whose children are undergoing treatment.

RS Components has supported Children with Cancer since 2017, with an aim to raise over £150,000 to contribute towards the ground-breaking research and treatments they provide. As a company, we are really passionate about this cause, as a number of our colleagues have had direct experiences in their own families and without the critical research into the causes and treatments of childhood cancers, outcomes may have been very different.


The Engineering Behind The Game

With the Raspberry Pi Derby, FA Cup Final and Champions League final on the horizon, DesignSpark has been compiling a series of articles looking at the engineering behind the beautiful game, including how Raspberry Pi’s are helping to overcome one of Europe’s biggest football rivalries in Milan. Click below to read more.

I am a 31-year-old tech lover, self-confessed geek and football fanatic! When I am not playing with the latest gadget you will often find me watching my favourite TV shows including Game of Thrones, Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @robbiedunion or Twitter @robbiedunion

10 May 2019, 15:38