World Corporate Cup of Soccer set for Stoke City FC with Gordon Banks OBE

Entries are now open for the 11th annual World Corporate Cup of Soccer which will be staged on the 20th May 2018.

After great experiences at a host of impressive Premier League Clubs in recent years, Stoke City Football Club has been selected as the destination for next years Cup.  Everyone knows that the Club has a strong association with legendary wing-wizard Sir Stanley Matthews but did you know Stoke City is the second oldest professional football Club in the World?

Stoke City have been well-established in the Premier League for more than a decade now and the quality of the stadium and the pitch is outstanding.  All teams will get the opportunity to play all of their matches on the pitch as well as sampling the changing rooms and a number of the impressive suites.  You can also follow in the famous footballing footsteps of the Premier Leagues elite.

The format has been refined for next year to see the ultimate festival of football staged in one day in this magnificent 30,000 seater arena.  Click the link to see the Cup Flyer.

Teams can enter 6-a-side for Women, Men and Over 40’s and everyone is guaranteed plenty of action on the hallowed turf of the bet365 Stadium.  Plus we are delighted to confirm that our iconic Games Patron and Footballing great – Gordon Banks OBE has agreed to attend on the day to meet all of the players.  The man who famously foiled Pele with that fabulous save (as well as thousands of other strikers over the years) will be watching the action – so you better play well!

With the entries capped at 32 teams the Cup is expected to sell out quickly, so reserve your place this week.

The cost is just £80 per person so why not give yourself a Christmas treat and have something to look forward to and to get fit for in the new year.  Previous medal winners have come from Croatia, Turkey, Romania, Russia and beyond so will it be a UK based team or one from Stoke that lifts the Cup next year?

Email Cup@corporate-games.com, call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or visit www.corporate-games.com for details.

Next Years World Corporate Cup of Soccer will be another of the outstanding events secured by Stoke City Council as part of their City of Sport Legacy.  This event is totally inclusive and players of all levels of fitness and technical ability are welcomed equally.  It will be an experience you will never forget.

Get that World Corporate Cup Feeling!

Companies Coming from Far and Wide to Participate

With the UK Corporate Games Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire 2018 still almost 8 months away, organisers have already commented upon the popular appeal of the region as a destination.

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said recently, “Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire again seems to be a really popular destination for travelling teams to the event.  We had a terrific experience with the Games there in 2015 and there seems to be an even greater appetite for companies to get involved next year.  Last week sizeable teams committed from a variety of different organisations across the country like Capital One from Nottingham, BCS Consulting and Accenture from London and Places for People who are based in Preston.  Hundreds of representatives from all of these organisations will be descending on the region in 2018 and we are sure they will have a fabulous experience”.

Places for People first got the Games bug when it was awarded to Preston in 2012 and they have been entering ever since. Next year they have again agreed to send 100 entrants from their offices nationwide.  Their Team Leader Anastasia Bligh who is a keen running enthusiast said “We are delighted to be supporting our staff to attend the Games in Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire next year.  Every year our representatives thoroughly enjoy the opportunities that the Games offers to meet people from across our group.  The Games really brings us all together which gives a powerful boost to our business.  The Corporate Games team always deliver an exceptional experience for us and this will be the 7th consecutive year that we will have entered more than 100 competitors from across our group.  The feedback is always exceptional and we know that the Games will be eagerly anticipated by us all.  We would be happy to recommend the Games to any organisation as the benefits and opportunities it creates are excellent as well as supporting the health, fitness and well-being of our staff.  ”

Places for People in their everyday working lives                    Places for People at the Grand Parade of Participants

With its central location and impressive local facilities it seems likely that next year could be one of the most well-attended and impressive Games to date.  In addition to the travelling contingent, a host of local teams have already signed up to support the event too like Wade Ceramics and Knights1759.

Michelle Vorel-Adams, who is Commercial Director for the Games and based in the Staffordshire area is already working with and visiting many businesses of all sizes and kinds across the area to get them involved in this great event!

Michelle said, “we really think that it is important that businesses of any type and turnover realise that they can participate.  Every year we have really small teams involved – in fact single owner enterprises with one employee are equally eligible to enter!  Regardless of the size of the employer or the size of the team that you enter, everyone is treated equally and everyone gets to experience the vast array of benefits that the Games provides regardless of their age, level of physical fitness or sporting ability too.  The Games is open to everyone!  With 23 different sports and a host or fabulous celebrations and business components too there really is something for you whoever you are.”

If any local business representatives want to learn a little more about the benefits that they can secure by being part of the Games, they can call +44 (0) 1733 380 888 or email UK@corporate-games.com.

The Games will be staged from the 21st-24th June and early entry discounts are available for organisations that wish to sign up now with 7.5% discount available until the end of November.  You don’t need to know the names of entrants until May 2018 so only an estimate on numbers is required.

 

UK Corporate Games Stoke and Staffordshire Officially Launched

The Launch of the UK Corporate Games Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire was staged last night at the impressive Keele Hall at Keele University.  The Lord Mayor of Stoke On Trent, senior civic representatives, VIP’s, sporting ambassadors and business people from a host of organisations travelled from near and far to attend the enjoyable evening in beautiful surroundings.

Guests heard that the UK Corporate Games,  will take place from 21 to 24 June 2018 and that it is expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from a range of UK companies of all types, boosting the local economy while showcasing the area’s growing economic opportunities.  As a result, businesses in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit, as Europe’s largest multisport festival for business returns to the region for a second time.

This year’s Games was held in Nottingham in July and it attracted over 5,000 people generating an estimated £3.8m for the local economy (click here to the see coverage in the Notts Post).

The Games next year will feature 23 sports on the packed weekend programme, as well as a host of celebrations including a Grand Parade of Athletes, the Great Games Party and the SuperCentre Celebration.

Sports will include badminton, netball, football, go Karting, golf, volleyball, cricket, hockey, tennis, basketball, running and dragon boat racing. Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Centre, Newcastle College and Trentham Gardens and a host of other selected venues.

The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the Games organisers ahead of several other bids following the success of the Games staged in the area in 2015.

Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of Keele University, welcomed people to Keele Hall and stressed how proud the University was to be involved in the partnership group supporting the Games.  Mark kindly introduced Louisa Preston of BBC London News who was the guest MC for the evening.  Stoke, Staffordshire and Newcastle Coucillors and executives were in attendance and they all threw their collective weight behind the event.

Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Games will give thousands of people from top UK companies the chance to visit and see the huge economic opportunities available in the area.  We would encourage local businesses to sign up to participate so that they can all take advantage of the benefits on offer”.

Sharon Taaffe, Assistant Director of Health Improvement at Stoke On Trent City Council echoed Helen’s words and also confirmed that there is a determination to see the local community heavily involved in the Games so that everyone enjoys the festival.

Sharon Taaffe of Stoke City Council addresses the packed crowd

Games Director for the UK Corporate Games, Ben Sedgemore said: The Games has been staged annually in the UK since 1992 but our experience in 2015 in the region was certainly one of the best.  Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire is blessed with some fantastic facilities and a great central location and everyone enjoyed their involvement in the Games.  We had some great interest from other strong destinations for 2018 but the positive experience enjoyed by the competing organisations and ourselves last time ensured we were very keen to return.  We can’t wait now.

Another terrific supporter in attendance was England Legend Gordon Banks OBE who is The Games Patron.  Gordon was willing to have photos taken with representatives from all of the companies and institutions in attendance.  Gordon said, “The Corporate Games will attract thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK’s biggest companies to Stoke-on-Trent,  Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire over the next 18 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the region’s economic opportunities but also our fantastic sporting facilities.

“We can be truly proud of venues like Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens. I would encourage business of all size and kind to get behind these events and make the most of the tremendous opportunities that they will create.  I know you will all enjoy them too!”  

Right to Left- the panel included – Mark Ormerod – Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of Keele University, The Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent – Councillor Ross Irving, Games Patron – Gordon Banks OBE, Sharon Taaffe – Assistant Director of Health Improvement at Stoke On Trent City Council, Helen Riley – Deputy Chief Executive at Staffordshire County Council, Ben Sedgemore – Games Director and Jenny Booth- Games Ambassador and Paralympian medalist.

In addition to the positive vibes from the politicians and dignitaries the Games is already proving to be popular with organisations from across the UK.

Air Products who have offices in Crewe and Cannock as well as in Surrey and London have already confirmed their place at the Games.  Team Leader , Pascal Van Loon said: “Air Products is looking forward to the UK Corporate Games 2018 and have already committed to entering a team.  Year-on-year I see the benefits that such an event brings, not just from an improved employee fitness level, but also from participation by our staff from different sites and offices across the UK.  The weekend creates a great sense of camaraderie and the competition drives individuals and teams to achieve more.  As team manager I am happy that Air Products can continue its longstanding 22 year tradition of being part of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community.”

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Representatives from Air Products at the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 Grand Parade Of Participants.

Another positive response has come from 2018 Games Sponsors Wade Ceramics.

Paul Farmer OBE, the Managing Director of Wade Ceramics said, “as a local business with international connections, we will be supporting the Games as a key partner. Wade are not only showing that they are truly committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of their employees but also really helping the city to prosper and bring investment in through the visitor economy and profiling the area.

Businesses interested in taking part that did not make the launch can request a presentation at their workplace. To have a conversation about the Games call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or visit corporate-games.com

Houston bouncing back after the Storm for the World Corporate Games

It is only a few weeks ago that Houston was hit by powerful storms that caused widespread flooding to homes and businesses in the area.  As the television cameras revealed, the human cost was high and we offer our sincere condolences to everyone effected by the flooding and to everyone who lost friends and relatives to the overpowering waters.  The thoughts of the Worldwide Corporate Sports Community have been with you during this difficult time for you and your great City.

Inevitably sensible questions have been raised by potential competing organisations and individuals planning to attend the World Corporate Games in Houston from the 16th-19th November.  Getting the City back to normal has been the immediate concern of everyone in the area and these aims have been understandable and supported.

An Iconic View of the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas

However, following discussions with the senior leaders of the Games in Houston, we are pleased to confirm that the Staff and systems in place in Houston are all OK and the team are confident that the City will recover very quickly. Indeed the resilient Mayor Turner, has reiterated strongly that Houston is very much “open for business again”, with sport and tourism also still on the agenda for this powerful destination City.

Houston is the 4th Largest City in the USA and it has also been listed in the Forbes list of best destinations to visit.

Please see below the Official Statement from the Harris County Houston Sports Authority.

“Dear World Corporate Games Participants,

It’s hard to put into words what has happened to our City over the last two weeks as a result of Hurricane Harvey. We are encouraged by the efforts of the countless volunteers and donations that poured in locally and from around the country to make a difference. We have a long road to recovery and our thoughts go out to everyone in the City of Houston and Gulf coast who was effected by the storm.

First, we wanted to check-in and survey where each of you, your organizations, and neighborhoods stand. Please, let us know if we can be of any assistance to you, your friends, neighbors, or company. We know that so many of our neighbors have been deeply affected by the storm, and we are here to stand by their side.

As we look to the future, Houston will undoubtedly rebound and come back stronger and better than ever. We received some questions as to the status of the Games in light of the storm, and we’re happy to report that just like the spirit of Houston, the World Corporate Games 2017 are alive and well. As Mayor Turner said “…we are getting back on our feet and we are open for business.” And what better way to get to get back to business and show that we are Houston Strong! As we continue to unearth the needs of our City in the coming weeks and months, help us use the Games to make a difference.

What an amazing opportunity to uplift and support our community through sports. Nelson Mandela once said that “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” Help us show the world just how united and inspired Houston truly is!  As part of our continued mission to give back, we’ve come up with a couple of ways to thank our first responders who unselfishly served so many in their greatest time of need.

Support Our First Responders!

  1. All corporate teams can participate in our Buy-One, Give-One campaign.  We will match each individual registration from your team and coordinate the donation of a free registration, one for one, to Hurricane Harvey first responders, or you can use the Buy-One, Give-One to distribute to unsung heroes in your own community.
  2. Can’t participate?  You can Donate Registrations to First Responders.  We will distribute and coordinate the teams on your behalf.

We are looking forward to bringing our community together and opening our doors to others for a weekend of fun, team building, and celebration!

Sincerely,

Harris County Houston Sports Authority”

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there is an inspiring message from Houston and a powerful cause and we are all hopeful that this can be one of the most uplifting and wonderful World Corporate Games to date.  The Organising Committee strongly believe that they will be ready to welcome each and every one of you to participate in the Games in November.

Thank you for your support and once again our best wishes go to everyone troubled by the storms, which are hopefully now behind them.  Hope to see you in Houston soon…

World Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing Enjoyed by Everyone

Trentham Gardens was the idyllic destination for the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing this weekend (16th September 2017).  After fabulous World Corporate Cup experiences in Triathlon in recent weeks and in Soccer for more than a decade, this time the competition was on the water, following the success of the Europe Corporate Cup at the same destination in 2016!

Crews from across the region and from throughout the UK pitched their gazebos and paddled their hearts out in this event for businesses and organisations of all kinds.

The SuperCentre Celebration registration took place at Cadwaladers Cafe, with many competitors taking the opportunity to sample the warm drinks on offer to counteract the early morning September chill.  All competitors received a Games T-shirt, a souvenir programme, their ID badge as well as a decorative “Weekend Sports Warrior” coaster from Games sponsors Wade Ceramics.

Vibrant SuperCentre at Cadwaladers

Once registered they entered the Gardens and admired the beautiful surroundings before undertaking their racing and safety briefings and getting their buoyancy aids and paddles.

As the racing commenced there were some competitive battles taking place with every encounter.  Each crew would battle it out in 3 x 333m heats to post their fastest time across the 1000m challenge!  However, there were a few showpiece encounters spicing up the proceedings with Stoke-On-Trent City Council and Newcastle Borough Council locking horns as well as Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire Police respectively.

Previous entrants Mitten Clarke were looking fluid in their white strips and the pale blue shirts of Wade Ceramics were looking good too.  Both of these crews were improving with every race.

 Ian Marsden with the Ice White crew from Mitten Clarke

The Walton Centre, Mellors Catering services and Stoke fit looked to be having heaps of fun and there were some incredibly close races across the day.

The Lord and Lady Mayoress had dropped by to support the event which was really appreciated by everyone in attendance and the Chief Executive of the Games Official Charity, David Webster of the Dougie Mac Hospice was also supporting the Cup.

David Webster is seen here presenting one of the impressive hand crafted, Wade Ceramics World Corporate Cup Awards, to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Stoke-On-Trent, in recognition of the City’s support for the Cup as part of the City of Sport Legacy programme.

After some exhilarating racing for everyone involved we moved to establish the top 8 positions with 3 spectacular finals. Some of the races were so close that we needed a photo finish to separate the teams.

The Grand Final was all set up to be a closely contested encounter with the experienced Nottinghamshire Police crew taking on the youthful apprentices from Goodwin PLC and Phil Fortunes fit band of friends from Staffordshire Police.

The Grand final did not disappoint, with all three of the finalists competing for the medals and each of the crews posting their fastest times from the whole day!

The Top 10 placings were as follows but everyone had a wonderful experience.

In the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community we firmly believe that everyone who takes part is a winner and the spirit from the competitors in this event was a joy to behold.

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Local Paralympic Medalists, Ian Marsden and Jenny Booth were on hand to present the worthy winners and runners up with their medals. The winners of the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing  2017 are Nottinghamshire Police, with Goodwin PLC a creditable 2nd and Staffordshire Police proudly taking 3rd place on the podium.

The Corporate Games would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone connected with this great event at Trentham Gardens.  Thank you for your support and hope to see you all involved in the UK Corporate Games Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire 2018 in June.

NB The Main Image was taken by Richard Redshaw LRPS

Businesses invited to Attend the Launch of the UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2018

With some of the UK’s top firms already signed up for the UK Corporate Games, local companies are being encouraged to follow suit.

The Games, which will return to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent next year, are expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top companies and boost the local economy to the tune of around £3m.

Now, businesses interested in taking part are being invited to a special celebration launch event to find out more on 4 October at Keele Hall from 6.30pm.  England Legend Gordon Banks will be welcoming guests alongside Civic dignitaries, Games sponsors and many of the organisations that have already committed to enter.

The Impressive Keele Hall will Host the Official Launch of the Games.

National companies already signed up include Air Products, Lloyds Banking Group, Eversheds, Willis Towers Watson, Brose and Freeths to name just a few.

Local companies taking part include Staffordshire Police, Wade Ceramics and Knights1759, the latter have already signed up to enter 95 participants but companies of all size and kind are encouraged to seize the Games benefits.

The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the Games organisers ahead of several other bids following the success of the Games in the region in 2015.  The Games has been staged worldwide since 1988 in great destinations from Moscow and Mexico City to Melbourne but organisers believe that the 2015 event in the region was one of the best.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council, said that hosting the Games again would be great for the county and provide yet another real powerful opportunity to show off what Staffordshire has to offer.

He said: “The last Games were a huge success giving thousands of business people the chance to visit and see the huge economic opportunities available in the area.  It’s great that we have so many prestigious companies already signed up but we’re keen to see as many local companies getting involved and taking advantage of the many benefits too.”

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:

The Games, Europe’s largest multisport festival for business will feature 23 sports over the weekend of 21 to 24 June 2018. Sports will include, hockey, cricket, badminton, netball, football, go Karting, golf, volleyball, tennis, basketball, running and dragon boat racing. Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Centre, Newcastle College, Trentham Gardens, Fast Lane Karting, Trentham Park Golf Club and a number of other impressive venues.  In addition to the sport, there will be a host of great celebrations too.

A Picture from the Grand Parade of Athletes 2017 in Nottingham

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said: The Games has been staged annually in the UK since 1992 but our experience in 2015 in the region was certainly one of our favourites.  Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire is blessed with some fantastic facilities and a great central location and everyone enjoyed their involvement in the Games.  We had some impressive bids from other strong destinations for 2018 but the positive experience enjoyed by the competing organisations and ourselves last time ensured we were very keen to return.  We can’t wait now.

Another good supporter is England Legend Gordon Banks OBE who is Games Patron again.  Gordon said, The Corporate Games will attract thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK’s biggest companies to Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire over the next 18 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the region’s economic opportunities but also our fantastic sporting facilities.

“We can be truly proud of venues like Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens. I would encourage business of all size and kind to get behind these events and make the most of the tremendous opportunities that they will create.  I know you will all enjoy them too!”

Gordon Banks OBE Pictured with some of the winning organisations from the Games in 2015

Companies can register for the celebration launch at Keele Hall on 4 October by calling 01733 380 888.  CLICK HERE to see the Invitation.  People Can also keep up with the latest on Twitter @corpgamesuk or on the Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/ukcorpgames

Paul Farmer, Managing Director at Wade Ceramics and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership board member said: “It’s fantastic news that Wade Ceramics as a local business with international connections will be supporting the Games as a key partner as well as making this part of a triple commitment with signing up to the Games plus two other corporate cup events in 2017/18, the World Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing and the World Corporate Cup of Triathlon. Wade are not only showing that they are truly committed to supporting the health and well being of their employees but also really helping the city to prosper and bring investment in through the visitor economy and profiling the area.”

Air Products who have offices in Crewe have already  confirmed their place at the Games.  Team Leader , Pascal Van Loon said: “Air Products is looking forward to the UK Corporate Games 2018 and have already committed to entering a team.  Year-on-year I see the benefits that such an event brings, not just from an improved employee fitness level, but also from participation by our staff from different sites and offices across the UK.  The weekend creates a great sense of comradery and the competition drives individuals and teams to achieve more.  As team manager I am happy that Air Products can continue its longstanding tradition of being part of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community.”

Wonderful World Corporate Cup of Triathlon

The inaugural World Corporate Cup of Triathlon has been hailed as a very successful event by competitors, spectators and partners alike.

A partnership between the Corporate Games, UK Triathlon and Stoke On Trent City Council saw competitors from across the country compete in a range of events from Standard Olympic Distance Triathlon to Super Sprint.

Trentham Gardens is a beautiful setting for the event, with competitors swimming in Trentham Lake, Cycling on the open roads of Staffordshire and then running around Trentham and the impressive Italian Gardens.

Getting Ready to Take the Plunge!

Triathlons of any distance are a tough challenge but competitors of all ages and abilities gave it their best and the spirit and camaraderie on display was a pleasure to behold.  There wasn’t much sun around over the weekend but the competitors that entered were all beaming afterwards.

Winners came from a variety of organisations with Nationwide Building Society crowned overall Corporate Cup Team winners with 23 points.  Dean West of BNY Mellon was the fastest entrant in the Men’s Olympic distance.  He swam 1500m, cycled 40K and ran 10k in an incredible time of 2 hrs 12 seconds.  Dean picked up one of the fabulous awards sponsored and crafted by a powerful local business with international reach – Wade Ceramics.  Dean is pictured below with representatives of other winners from Nationwide, Faccenda, APC Overnight and Maythorn Construction.

A selection of Winners on the Podium

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director and Corporate Games lead on the Triathlon said “this has been a great experience for our team and for all of our competitors whether they won medals or awards or not.  By just competing they are all winners in my book.  Stoke-City Council  worked hard to ensure that the competitors had the best venue experience possible and UK Triathlon have decades of experience in this area.  Together we enjoyed a great partnership and the end result is something that everyone can be proud of.  Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, coordinators, marshals, helpers and everyone involved. Furthermore, the great awards sponsored by Wade Ceramics were outstanding and will be treasured by the companies and their respective organisations”.

The Official Photos can be accessed by this link.

Plus coverage of the race should be shown on Channel 4 on the 1st October so tune in to see what it was all about.

This weekend will also see the exciting World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing  taking place at Trentham Gardens.  The event was tremendous last year and everyone will be hoping for the same experience.

The World Corporate Cup Of Dragonboat Racing  at Trentham Gardens, Stoke On Trent.

Both of these events are seen as pre-cursors to Europe’s largest multi-sport festival for business, the UK Corporate Games which will be staged at a selection of the best venues across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire from the 21st-24th June 2018.  For more information see corporate-games.com.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent chosen for UK Corporate Games 2018

Businesses in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit as Europe’s largest multisport festival for business returns to the region for a second year.

The UK Corporate Games, which will take place from 21 to 24 June 2018 is expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top UK companies and boost the local economy while showcasing the area’s growing economic opportunities.

This year’s Games was held in Nottingham in July and it attracted over 5,000 competitors generating an estimated £3.8m for the local economy (see coverage in Notts Post).

The Games will feature 24 sports on the packed weekend programme, as well as a host of celebrations including a Grand Parade of Athletes, the Great Games Party and the SuperCentre Celebration.

Sports will include, hockey, cricket, badminton, netball, football, go Karting, golf, volleyball, tennis, basketball, running and dragon boat racing. Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Centre, Newcastle College and Trentham Gardens.

The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the Games organisers ahead of several other bids following the success of the Games staged in the area in 2015.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council, said that hosting the games again would be great for the county and provide yet another real powerful opportunity to show off what Staffordshire has to offer.

He said: “The last games were a huge success giving thousands of people from top UK companies the chance to visit and see the huge economic opportunities available in the area.  We already know what a great place it is to live, work and invest in and this is another opportunity to let the rest of the country know.  Local businesses took part in the previous Games with opportunities to meet new customers and make new contacts and I hope to see even more local firms taking part again.”

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “We’re excited to be bringing this very popular and successful event back to the city for the second time. More than 4,000 competitors took part when we hosted the event in 2015 and we are hoping to see even more people involved this year, especially businesses based here in the city. It is an event which attracts businesses from all over the UK and gives us not only fantastic exposure but a unique opportunity to sell Stoke-on-Trent from a tourism, business and leisure point of view.”

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Councillor Munday has shown support for the event for many years and even tried his hand at Dragonboat Racing

Games Director for the UK Corporate Games, Ben Sedgemore said: The Games has been staged annually in the UK since 1992 but our experience in 2015 in the region was certainly one of the best.  Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire is blessed with some fantastic facilities and a great central location and everyone enjoyed their involvement in the Games.  We had some great interest from other strong destinations for 2018 but the positive experience enjoyed by the competing organisations and ourselves last time ensured we were very keen to return.  We can’t wait now.

Another good supporter is England Legend Gordon Banks OBE who is Sport Patron for the Games again.  Gordon said, The Corporate Games will attract thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK’s biggest companies to Stoke-on-Trent,  Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire over the next 18 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the region’s economic opportunities but also our fantastic sporting facilities.

“We can be truly proud of venues like Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens. I would encourage business of all size and kind to get behind these events and make the most of the tremendous opportunities that they will create.  I know you will all enjoy them too!”

In addition to the positive vibes from the politicians the Games is already proving to be popular with organisations from across the UK.

Air Products who have offices in Crewe and Cannock as well as in Surrey and London have already  confirmed their place at the Games.  Team Leader , Pascal Van Loon said: “Air Products is looking forward to the UK Corporate Games 2018 and have already committed to entering a team.  Year-on-year I see the benefits that such an event brings, not just from an improved employee fitness level, but also from participation by our staff from different sites and offices across the UK.  The weekend creates a great sense of camaraderie and the competition drives individuals and teams to achieve more.  As team manager I am happy that Air Products can continue its longstanding 22 year tradition of being part of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community.”

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Representatives from Air Products at the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 Grand Parade Of Participants.

Another positive response has come from 2018 Games Sponsors Wade Ceramics.

Paul Farmer OBE, the Managing Director of Wade Ceramics said, “as a local business with international connections, we will be supporting the Games as a key partner as well as making this part of a triple commitment with signing up to the Games plus two World Corporate Cup events in 2017, the World Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing and the World Corporate Cup of Triathlon. Wade are not only showing that they are truly committed to supporting the health and well being of their employees but also really helping the city to prosper and bring investment in through the visitor economy and profiling the area.

Businesses interested in taking part are invited to a special celebration launch event on 4 October at Keele Hall from 1830 to 2030.  Companies can register or find out more at www.corporate-games.com or call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888.

UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 Hailed as a Resounding Success

 

Organisers, Partners, Sponsors, Participants and helpers have all hailed the positive impact of the UK Corporate Games 2017.

More than £3.8m was generated for Nottinghamshire’s economy by the UK Corporate Games, it is estimated.

Nottingham hosted Europe’s largest annual multi-sport festival for businesses from July 6 to 9, with more than 5,000 people taking part in 23 activities at venues around the city, including the University of Nottingham, Colwick Park and Wollaton Hall.

Intel, IBM, Ernst & Young, Lloyds Banking Group, Vodafone, Boots, Speedo, Willmott Dixon, Asda and Capital One were among the companies represented.

Games Director Ben Sedgemore said: “The Games has been a resounding success and we could not have asked for more – even the weather was on our side.

“The facilities are excellent in Nottinghamshire, with top quality venues for all of our 23 sports and array of celebrations.

“The feedback that we have been receiving has been wonderful and it is a credit to everyone who has supported the Games.

“People have been blown away by Nottingham and we are delighted that we made the decision to bring the Games here in 2017. Thank you so much.”

Nottingham law firm Browne Jacobson's team in the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham
Nottingham law firm Browne Jacobson’s team in the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham

Andrew May, general manager at Nottingham Conferences, the group that promotes the University of Nottingham’s conference venues, added: “This was a great opportunity to bring the city together to put Nottingham on the map, to benefit local businesses and for us to showcase our £40m David Ross Sports Village, the latest addition to an already stellar collection of state-of-the-art sporting facilities available here at the university.

“The atmosphere on campus was outstanding and this event will live long in the memory.”

Employees at organisations, companies, corporations and institutions all battled it out for points, medals and company pride.

The winners came from all across the country and local teams also won a number of the medals.

Vodafone won the Sport for Life Grand award and the medallist award, while Nottinghamshire Police was the top local performer, finishing second in the overall medal table with 48 medals.

Inspector Paul Harris said “I cannot describe how impressed we all were with the Games this weekend.

“My whole organisation is buzzing, and I’m seeing competitors and medallists alike acknowledging each other and ‘high fiving’ on corridors where previously they would have passed in silence, so I’m not overstating the positive effect this event has had.

“Sports sections have been reinvigorated, friendships and bonds have been rediscovered, and I’ve even seen pictures of medallists up in the office to welcome them back.”

The Freeths team that finished sixth at the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham
The Freeths team that finished sixth at the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham

Nottingham-based law firm Freeths Solicitors finished sixth in the medal table and the University of Nottingham and clothing wholesaler MWUK finished 14 and 16 respectively.

A team from Nottingham Forest won the 11-a-side football tournament and Boots also secured medals in a number of sports to finish 21st in the medal table from 123 organisations that were represented.

The University of Nottingham’s multisport complex was the epicentre of the Games, providing many of the facilities for the 23 sports.

This includes its new £40m David Ross Sports Village, which houses a huge multi-court sports hall, seven glass squash courts and an international standard table tennis hall.

Helen Richardson-Walsh officially opens the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham, alongside Games director Ben Sedgemore (left)
Helen Richardson-Walsh officially opened the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham, alongside Games Director Ben Sedgemore (left)

The Games Sport Patron Helen Richardson Walsh MBE, who won a gold medal at Rio 2016 as a member of the GB women’s hockey team, presented medals to the successful organisations over the weekend, as well as cutting the ribbon to open the SuperCentre celebration for the Games on the Friday evening.

Nottingham Trent Students Union also hosted the Great Games Party on the Saturday evening which was a wild celebration with revellers partying hard into the early hours, with many of them fully embracing the fancy dress theme of Folklore and Fairy Tales !

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For some positive Feedback on the event and some powerful testimonials please click here for the Nottingham Infographic.

Great Offers for UK Team Leaders for your Mind and Your Body!

Dame Kelly and Some of Her Team – Ready to Inspire

Every year we forge some great partnerships that give genuine benefits and opportunities to all of our partners aside from the fabulous experience delivered at the Games.  This year is no different and we are delighted to confirm that all Team Leaders of competing organisations in the Games can take advantage of a fabulous event that is being staged by Dame Kelly Holmes and the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.  On the 22nd June at the Mermaid Centre, in Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, London,  EC4V 3DB, one of our greatest ever Olympians will be leading an event called “Embedding a High Performance Mindset”.  This will be an incredible event that will offer genuine insight to all eligible guests.  The importance of the mental strength to succeed in sport and business can’t be underestimated and there is increasing awareness and coverage of the negative impact or poor mental health.

This one-day conference hosted by Dame Kelly Holmes will outline the world class attitudes that go into a high performing mindset and how you can transfer this mindset to your workforce. It is aimed at CEOs, Directors and other members of senior management.

Sessions will be delivered by Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s high performing team of Olympic, Paralympic and world class athletes alongside leading sports training and workplace consultants.

For more information on this inspiring, though provoking and powerful event please view www.damekellyholmestrust.org/Event/conference.  Plus we are delighted to confirm that If you quote DKHT100 when booking, this will secure you a £100 saving.

Free Pre-Games Conditioning Sessions

If you and your organisation are looking to get in shape for the Games we also have a great offer for pre-Games conditioning with the Team at “Get Back to Sport”.  Dr Claire Minshull and her impressive Team can provide Tailor-made programmes for businesses to make sure your team is supple, strong and geared up for action.  The Games welcomes entrants of all ages, sporting abilities and level of physical fitness but if you are looking for a helping hand to get you active again or just a little bit fitter then this may be the answer.

The Get Back to Sport team are based in the Nottingham area and they will be willing to provide free preparatory seminars for interested companies so if you are looking to get in shape for the Games then don’t hesitate to contact them and book in a time slot.  For more information on the Team and the offer please check out this link.

Dr Claire Minshull

Get Fit For Business

Asia Pacific Corporate Games in Tokyo Set To Be Huge And Opportunity is Everywhere

With the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community growing all of the time it is no wonder that larger and larger Games are being staged in great destinations around the world.  The Team in Tokyo look set to be on track for a massive Games again this year after really successful events in 2016 and 2015.  The great news is that members of the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community from around the World can take advantage of sponsored entry fees into the Asia Pacific Corporate Games if they travel to Tokyo for this exciting event.  The Team in Tokyo are keen to showcase this impressive City and the powerful Games to visitors from any destination.

Tokyo opened up entries on the 18th of April and almost immediately the first 2000 entrants had registered to be involved, which shows the great appeal and popularity of the Games there.

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                                                               Baseball Sold Out in Minutes

The Games this year will feature 11 great sports including a new Japanese favourite of “jump rope” which looks like fabulous fun and a serious work out too! Baseball, Softball and Volleyball reached capacity quickly as always but the ever-popular Futsal and Relay Marathon have plenty of space as a result of the impressive facilities that the team have been able to source.  Plus the celebrations in Tokyo are always spectacular with top class entertainers offering multiple genre’s of entertainment for visitors of all tastes to enjoy.  The atmosphere is always electric and as you can see by the image everyone gets into the swing of the action!

Massive Celebrations are always popular at the Asia Pacific Corporate Games

So don’t forget all entrants from overseas can qualify for sponsored entries which may give you an even greater incentive to make the journey to the land of the rising sun!

September looks set to be a massive month for the Games with Cape Town in South Africa, Puteaux in France and the Mexico Corporate Games all taking place in addition to the World Corporate Cup of Triathlon and Dragonboat! Great Corporate Games will be follow in Johannesburg and Sydney in October.

However, it could be that November sees the largest number of entrants of any month this year with 7000 predicted in Tokyo, around 10,000 entrants possible in Melbourne Australia in addition to the potentially huge World Corporate Games in Houston, Texas, USA sandwiched in between. Abu Dhabi could be another great destination for you if you want the warmth of the Middle East.

First placed winners from any Games around the World will get complimentary entry into the World Corporate Games in Houston. Whilst any overseas visitor to Tokyo will also get a sponsored entry opportunity.

For information on any of these 11 fantastic events click the following links.

Capetown Corporate Games 7-10th September

Mexico Pacific Corporate Games 7-10th September

Puteaux Corporate Games France 7-10th September

World Corporate Cup of Triathlon Stoke-On-Trent, UK 10th September

World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing Stoke-On-Trent, UK  16th September

New South Wales Corporate Games Sydney Australia  6-8th October

Johannesburg Corporate Games 13-15th October

Asia Pacific Corporate Games Tokyo 3-4th November

World Corporate Games 16-19th November

Abu Dhabi Corporate Games November

Australian Corporate Games Melbourne 24-26th November

Good luck to everyone involved, have a great time and get fit for business!

Start Planning for Your Trip to the World Corporate Games Houston

Huston City Skyline
Houston City Skyline

The countdown is well and truly on for the next World Corporate Games which will be back in the USA in 2017!  After considering a number of great destinations, the impressive City of Houston, Texas was awarded the Rights to host the Games, which will be staged from the 16 – 19 November.  So, there are now just 7 months to go until this massive event is staged in the USA again!

The inaugural World Corporate Games was staged in San Francisco in 1988 and a further two World Corporate Games followed in Concorde California and Hawaii in 1989 and 1990 respectively. Since then over 1 million Corporate athletes have represented over 28,000 unique organisations in numerous Corporate Games around the globe in impressive Cities like London, Johannesburg, Moscow,  Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur to name a few. Houston, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States, boasts a population of nearly six million people and its reputation for hosting world-class, large-scale sporting events continues to grow after successfully staging the Superbowl this February.

Janis Burke, CEO of Harris County – Houston Sports Authority said “We are honored to welcome thousands of athletes from across the globe for the World Corporate Games.  Houston is a multicultural city with rich international ties and true Texas hospitality. Our goal is to make the World Corporate Games 2017 the best in the history of the event.”

The sport programme features 20 sports, including Worldwide Corporate Games Community favourites such as: Soccer 6’s & 11’s, Golf, Tennis and Dragon Boat Racing, as well as featuring a variety of popular local sports, such as: Kickball and Flag Football.  The sports programme incorporates a great mix of sports for everyone regardless of their sporting ability and it will offer genuine business opportunities and fun for everyone involved. Impressive destinations are available for each of the sports on the programme whether you play an indoor or an outdoor sport.

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The Picturesque 288 Lake will Host the Games Open Water Swimming events as well as the Cycling

 

Doug White – Global Partnership Director at the Corporate Games Headquarters commented, “We’re extremely excited to be bringing our flagship event to Houston in 2017, it is a fantastic city with a dynamic business community and great sports facilities. Plus, I am confident that visitors will receive a great welcome and outstanding Texan hospitality during their stay”

The New Marriott Marquis and the signature Lazy River in the shape of Texas

Harris County Houston Sports Authority have secured some outstanding venues for the Games sports but also for the celebrations too.  In addition, the team in Houston are continuing to promote the Games to local businesses in the area and throughout the USA.  The new Marriott Marquis will be a significant focal point for the Games.  Home to the Games SuperCentre, this lavish hotel has its own signature lazy river in the shape of Texas which should prove to be a popular destination for travellers and locals alike.

As always, 1st place winners from any Corporate Games around the globe will receive complimentary entry fees into the World Corporate Games Houston 2017, so if you are a lucky winner don’t hesitate to celebrate!  Contact the World Headquarters for more information on how you and your colleagues can get signed up.

However, you don’t have to be a winner to join in.  As always, the Games main principle is around participation so people of all ages and abilities can enter even if you have never entered a Games before!

For a conversation on entering this great event please email Emily Jaenson in Houston ejaenson@houstonsports.org

Or if you would like to speak to someone at the World Headquarters for a conversation on the Games please call 00 44 (0) 1733 380 888.

 

World Corporate Cup of Triathlon Launched in Stoke-On-Trent

The World Headquarters of the Corporate Cups and the Corporate Games is delighted to announce that the World Corporate Cup of Triathlon will be coming to the City of Stoke-On-Trent, United Kingdom as part of the City of Sport legacy on 10th September 2017.

After the fabulous European programme in Stoke in 2016, this year will see an exciting World Corporate Cup programme staged in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and UK Triathlon in this great destination.

If you are a cyclist, runner, swimmer or even someone who usually enters another sport why not give it a tri?

Hailed as one of the best events in the triathlon calendar the Corporate Cup has many outstanding elements;

Centrally located just off J15 of the M6
Scenic, spectator friendly venue
Freshwater lake swim
Road cycle course
Run course around the lake and through the Italian gardens
Chip timed event

Dame Sarah Storey, Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian spoke at the event launch this week, where full details were revealed of the World Corporate Cup Series and other sporting events in the City for 2017.

Members of the Games Team with the Paralympic Legend and a Gold medal from Rio!
Members of the Games Team with the Paralympic Legend and a Gold medal from Rio!

The Corporate Cups give people of all abilities, ages and gender the opportunity to sample everything that this famous City can offer, whilst enjoying the thrill of triathlon with your colleagues and team mates at one of the most picturesque destinations for this sport in the country in Trentham Gardens. There are distances to suit all abilities from novices to top triathletes. Everyone is welcome.  There is even a Triad component where 3 colleagues can share the responsibility for the swimming, the cycling and the running between them!

Take on the challenge of triathlon in 2017 over a distance that you can achieve. Choose from Super Sprint, Sprint or Standard/Olympic distances.

Stunning Location and a challenge for everyone

Enjoy the triathlon challenge as well as the terrific atmosphere of the SuperCentre Celebration, the Closing Awards Celebration and Corporate Cup After Party.

Reserve your place now for a truly memorable triathlon experience.

Win and display one of the many great Corporate Awards from this fantastic festival.

Regardless of your success, you and your colleagues will take home the longest of lasting memories of an outstanding sports experience.

Don’t miss this lifetime chance to be part of the World Corporate Cup of Triathlon.

For details call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or visit www.corporate-games.com/tri  or for a brochure click here.

NB: Please note there will be a TV production, promotional video and photographs being taken at the event.

World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing Awarded to Stoke-On-Trent

The World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing has been awarded to the City of Stoke-On-Trent and it will be staged on Saturday the 16th September 2017.

The Europe Corporate Cup programme came to a spectacular conclusion at Trentham Gardens last year with the Europe Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing.  With visitors from far and wide praising the Cup and the venue it seemed like a natural choice to host this prestigious event on an even bigger scale. Last year, the paddlers paddled and the sun shone brightly on all of the friends, families and supporters throughout the day and this year organisers and partners will be looking for more of the same!

Last year, the Dragonboat Racing honours were won exclusively by teams from outside of the County with National Grid taking first place, QVC from Merseyside taking second and UClan from Preston securing third.  That said the Pirates from Portmeirion and Team Open also won a few hearts! But who will take the World crown this year?

happy-dgr-medalistsTeams registered at the impressive Cadwaladers Cafe in Trentham Gardens on Saturday morning before making their way to the beautiful Trentham Lake for the Dragonboat Racing.
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Fancy Dress Favourites Paddled Powerfully – but only after breakfast!

Councillor Terry Follows, Cabinet Member for Greener City, Development and Leisure at the City Council, said: “We’re very pleased the organisers have decided to bring these events to our city. The UK Corporate Games in 2015 was a huge success and left people in no doubt not only of our ability to stage high-profile events, but also the quality of sporting facilities we have to offer. This is another example of how our City of Sport status has raised our profile and helped us to attract events like these. The influx of visitors which these events will bring gives a welcome boost to our local tourism sector”.  Actions speak louder than words though, with Cllr Follows actually participating in the event, proudly banging the Dragonboat Drum for the City with his colleagues.  The Lord Mayor Cllr Anthony Munday also showed that he was up for the challenge by paddling away with Angela Smith and other members of the Council team and they have all vowed to return fitter and stronger for 2017!

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Cllr Follows beats the drum for the City of Stoke-on-Trent

The World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing is open to any size and kind of organisation and no previous experience is required.  The event will attract entrants of all ages, abilities and level of fitness so you and your colleagues can enjoy a fabulous experience whoever you are and whoever you represent.

To see a brochure click here and for more information visit the website or a conversation on how to get involved call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888.

UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 has everything you need as well as a new Sport Patron!

 The UK Corporate Games is getting closer and closer and there are less than 3 months now to the big weekend.

The Games Team have been speaking to businesses from across the Country and more and more companies have been getting the Games bug!

Helen Richardson Walsh MBE, Britain’s Olympic Gold Medal winning Hockey captain has recently been appointed as the Sport Patron for the Games and she had this message;

“I am delighted to be appointed as the Sport Patron for the 2017 UK Corporate Games. Nottingham has played an important role in my life and it is wonderful news that the Games has been awarded to this great city this year. I would encourage businesses of all types to participate as the Games will deliver benefits and opportunities for everyone involved. I am looking forward to meeting all of the companies taking part over the weekend and wish them the best of luck.”

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director for the UK Corporate Games said ” We are delighted to welcome Helen as our new Sport Patron after her exceptional achievement in sport and her long association with Nottingham.  Nottingham is a very appealing destination.  The facilities are excellent, with top quality venues for our 23 sports and array of celebrations on the packed weekend programme.”

Local companies of all sizes will join with organisations of all sorts and sectors in Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses.  There will be massive teams like Vodafone (300), Asda (200) and Freeths (150) and small ones like Boom Online (7) , Air IT (3) and Adamson Jones (8) represented but organisations of all sizes in-between. The Games is designed to offer benefits and opportunities for businesses and people of all ages and sporting ability. Regardless of your level of physical fitness there should be something on the programme for you and your organisation as the Games is totally inclusive with racquet sports, team sports, individual sports and fun sports from badminton to netball, soccer to softball and poker and karting, to dragon boat racing and ten pin bowling!

Sports and Celebrations For Everyone
Sports and Celebrations For Everyone

Due to the overwhelming demand for accommodation on the University of Nottingham Campus all of the halls of residence are now full. However, there is still availability in the 4 star Orchard Hotel, which is the Official Headquarters hotel for the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017. The Orchard is situated in the heart of the campus which is within walking distance of the SuperCentre, Grand Parade of Athletes and 15 of the 23 sports that are on the programme.

The Beautiful Orchard Hotel on the University of Nottingham Campus
The Beautiful Orchard Hotel on the University of Nottingham Campus

For further information on availability please contact Carla Garman via Carla.garman@devere.com

Equally, there is a range of excellent accommodation in the surrounding area and the City Centre. If you would like to explore the options please click this link.

The Games has a strong worldwide presence as can be seen in this recent new video, but Europe’s largest Games is the one that is coming to Nottingham from the 6th – 9th July.

The Games team willingly deliver presentations at organisations offices so if you are keen to see how your company can be involved, please call 01733 380 888 to get the ball rolling.  Spaces are still available and the deadline for submitting entries is the 14th June. Email Reme.Foster@corporate-games.com for a discussion on how you can get involved.
So why not take the plunge and “get fit for business” it is promised to be one of the best investments your organisation can make.

We have everything that you need though to make sure the Games is a fabulous experience.

If you need Kit – please speak to Matt at SportsJam Kits

If you need banners for your company then Paul at Northern Flags is your man

If you want to maximise your exposure over the weekend contact Jamie at Purpose Media

If you want an elite athlete to come and work with your organisation in the lead up or during the Games then please contact Marie at the Dame Kelly Homes Trust.

For Pre-Games conditioning and training contact Dr Claire at Get Back to Sport

For photography over the Games weekend please contact David at David Tyrell.

Or for general information on what Nottingham has to offer as a destination please contact Rachel at Visit Nottingham.

Or for anything else, please just give us a call on 0044 (0) 1733 380 888.

 

 

WORLD CORPORATE CUP OF SOCCER 2017 IS COMING SOON!

Everton stadium

The World Headquarters of the Corporate Games and the World Corporate Cup Team is delighted to announce that the 10th World Corporate Cup of Soccer will be staged at Goodison Park, home to Everton Football Club.

The World Corporate Cup of Soccer will be staged on the prime weekend coinciding with the close of the Premier League season, with the event taking place from the 19 -21 May. After previous successes at different Clubs around the country, we are proud to announce that this year we will be hosted by the Blue side of Merseyside. So this is your chance to play on the pitch graced by the legendary Dixie Dean, Gary Lineker and Andy Gray as well as all of the modern day heroes. Enjoy the terrific atmosphere at the SuperCentre Celebration during registration and the Closing Awards, where the winners are congratulated and awarded.

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If you have taken part in the World Corporate Cup of Soccer before, you will know that it is the ultimate festival of football and friendship and not to be missed. Once again this year you have the option of entering a team in to the 6s or 11s competition (for men, women and over 30’s) to compete against businesses and teams from all over the country and further afield across Europe. Entry is open to all organisations of any size with each organisation eligible to enter one or as many teams as desired into any of the events. Each team can be made up of employees and colleagues as well as clients, family and friends.  But time is running out.  So if you are interested please contact the team as soon as possible to reserve your place.

The World Corporate Cup of Soccer provides the fantastic opportunity to take part in a huge sporting competition which brings people together for a great weekend of fun. The World Corporate Cup of Soccer is always a great experience for everyone who takes part but in addition, the Cup is fantastic at building employee confidence and loyalty as well as helping to integrate management and the workforce at every level. It provides the fantastic opportunity to reach new clients, new business and customers through the love of sport. Its one of the best investments your organisation will make!

You can enjoy the ambiance of Everton whilst playing against teams like like IETT Turkey and Vodafone Romania, as well as playing against local regulars like Green Apple Developments, Alfred H Knight and Peel Holdings!

Team entry numbers are limited and are restricted to a first come, first served basis in order to guarantee all the teams the chance to play on the hallowed turf. We are expecting all the places to sell out again this year. So don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity, as we are working hard to make it a weekend to remember once more. Start forming your teams now to avoid disappointment and to enjoy the greatest football experience ever!

For a Brochure, Entry Form for 6s or 11s – or further information please email, telephone or write directly to the Corporate Cup World Headquarters.

Email:
soc@worldcorporatecup.com

Telephone:
44 (0) 1733 380888

Fax:
44 (0) 1733 380890

Mail:
The Old Mill
Mill Lane
Castor, Peterborough
PE57BT
United Kingdom

Games Reaches 100 Days to go Mark and On Track to be a Cracker

Celebrations

The UK Corporate Games is getting closer and closer and the 100 days to go mark has now been reached!

The Games team have been speaking to businesses from across the Country and more and more companies have been getting the Games bug!

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director for the UK Corporate Games said ” We have been really pleased with the appetite of businesses to get involved this year and there is no doubt that Nottingham is an appealing destination.  The facilities are excellent, with top quality venues for our 23 sports and array of celebrations.”

Local companies of all sizes will join with organisations of all kind and sector in Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses.  There will be massive teams like Vodafone (300), Asda (200) and Freeths (150) and small ones like Boom Online (7) , Air IT (3) and Adamson Jones (8) represented but organisations of all sizes in-between. The Games is designed to offer benefits and opportunities for businesses and people of all ages and sporting ability. Regardless of your level of physical fitness there should be something on the programme for you and your organisation as the Games is totally inclusive with racquet sports, team sports, individual sports and fun sports from badminton to netball, soccer to softball and poker and karting, to dragon boat racing and ten pin bowling!

Sports and Celebrations For Everyone
Sports and Celebrations For Everyone

Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “We are thrilled that Nottingham has been selected as the host city for the 2017 UK Corporate Games .  The Games provide the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism and we will be working hard with the organisers and partners to ensure they will be the most successful ever.

We are building a strong reputation as an event city and a home for major sporting events; the UK Corporate Games  is a great example of the kind of high profile event we can host, we would encourage organisations of any size to get involved and enter a team regardless of its size.”

Andrew May, General Manager at Nottingham Conferences, another of the Games partners said, “This is a great opportunity to bring the city together to put Nottingham on the map, to benefit local businesses and for us to showcase our £40m David Ross Sports Village, the latest addition to an already stellar collection of state-of-the-art sporting facilities available here at the university.”

Due to the overwhelming demand for accommodation on the University of Nottingham Campus all of the halls of residence are now full. However, there is still availability in the 4 star Orchard Hotel, which is the Official Headquarters hotel for the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017. The Orchard is situated in the heart of the campus which is within walking distance of the SuperCentre, Grand parade of Athletes and 15 of the 23 sports that are on the programme.

The Beautiful Orchard Hotel on the University of Nottingham Campus
The Beautiful Orchard Hotel on the University of Nottingham Campus

For further information on availability please contact Carla Garman via Carla.garman@devere.com

The Games has a strong worldwide presence as can be seen in their recent new video, but Europe’s largest Games is the one that is coming to Nottingham from the 6th – 9th July.

The Games team willingly deliver presentations at organisations offices so if you are keen to see how your company can be involved, please call 01733 380 888 to get the ball rolling.  Spaces are still available and the deadline for submitting entries is the 14th June. Email Reme.Foster@corporate-games.com for a discussion on how you can get involved.
So why not take the plunge and “get fit for business” it is promised to be one of the best investments your organisation can make.

UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 Team Leader Orientation Event

Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses, the UK Corporate Games is coming to Nottingham from the 6th – 9th July.  This week saw preparations intensify as the Games team successfully staged their Team Leader Orientation afternoon.

The Team Leader Orientation Day gave committed company Team Leaders from national companies like Intel, Asda and Lloyds Banking Group and a host of other local representatives from Freeths, Browne Jacobson and Dimensions the opportunity to get their first glimpse of the selected venues that will be hosting the Games in July.

Team Leaders from Preston, Liverpool, Leeds, London, Swindon and throughout the UK were joined by local business men and women from Nottinghamshire who were keen to see the venues and to learn a little more about what the Games can do for their business.

The journey began at the The DeVere Orchard Hotel with a fabulous lunch in the impressive Conferencing facilities at the Official Games Headquarters Hotel followed by a brief Games presentation.

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Impressive Orchard Hotel

Then guests boarded a luxury Sharpe’s coach to see the array of impressive venues for sport and celebrations that Nottinghamshire had to offer for this year’s Games.  The tour dropped in at Team Sport Karting and the Nottinghamshire Golf Complex. Some visitors and locals alike were pleasantly surprised by the great quality venues available in the region and everybody was impressed by the incredible investment at the David Ross Sports Village, as well as the picturesque beauty of Wollaton and Colwick Park – not to mention the vast array of great facilities in the Highfields area with the Tennis and Hockey Centre’s and the great expanses of grass surfaces managed by the University and the City Council.

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A Host of Great Venues were Viewed in Preparation for the Games

As well as sporting components the guests were also shown the magnificent celebration venue selected for the Great Games Party which is the Nottingham Trent Students Union.

 

Student Union

Impressive Sound and lighting at the Students Union

Bill Torch, the Team Leader from Lloyd’s Banking Group said “It has been a wonderful day. I have participated in many Corporate Games around the world but the facilities in Nottingham look really fantastic and I’m sure the Games will be superb”.

Games Director Ben Sedgemore commented “ We have all had a fabulous day and I know we have surprised a lot of people with the quality of what is available in this region.  The facilities are superb and the David Ross Sports Village has blown people away.  Entrants may have an idea on the quality of facilities that are available in Nottinghamshire but sometimes you have to see these venues to appreciate just how good they are.  We would be happy to recommend Nottingham as an incredible destination for Sport, Business and Tourism.  We are just hoping for great weather in July and it should be one of the best Games ever”

It was a real whistle stop tour before the coach headed back to the City for the evening entertainment.

A number of guests enjoyed the Nottingham Forest vs Brentford fixture albeit the reds suffered a narrow defeat.

Nottingham Forest

A Fabulous End to a Wonderful Day at Nottingham Forest!

 

The Games is open to you regardless of the size of the Organisation that you would be keen to represent and there is something for everyone in the packed 23 sport, business and celebratory programme

Companies have up to 14 June to register and can do so at www.corporate-games.com or by calling 01733 380888 for more details.

 

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Notes to editor

 

Ernst and Young will be entering their 22nd consecutive Games with over 100 entrants and Willis Towers Watson will celebrate 12 consecutive years with 150 entrants. Vodafone and Asda are anticipated to be two of the largest organisations represented with over 200 entrants each but small teams and 1 person enterprises are equally welcomed into the Games.

Each individual person can only enter one sport but a company can be represented in any sport that they wish with any number of teams or entrants e.g. a company could enter 1 person in one sport or hundreds of people across all sports.

 

About the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017

The UK Corporate Games  provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance company togetherness and is an expression in real terms of many themes of corporate and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness. It is also legendary for its off-field parties, parades, prizes and celebrations. Competition is inclusive and accessible to all, with institutions, businesses, national and multinational companies, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter. Teams may include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends. There are no qualifying standards. The UK Corporate Games is open to everyone.

For more information about the UK Corporate Games  view www.corporate-games.com or

Please contact Doug White doug.white@corporate-games.com  44 (0)1733 380 888

UK Corporate Games chooses local Children’s Brain Tumour Charity for 2017

The UK Corporate Games is proud to announce that the Nottingham’s Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre has been named as the official charity for 2017.

Open to companies of all sizes, the UK Corporate Games will be held 6th – 9th July 2017 at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham and a number of other great venues in the region.

We’re looking forward to the Games and proud to be supporting this local charity in Nottingham. They’re doing great work to tackle such a terrible disease. Companies that choose a charity of the year to benefit from their team building activities find that the cause brings people together from across the organisation in ways that they wouldn’t be able to achieve otherwise.

Ben Sedgemore, UK Games Director

The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre works to tackle some of the most challenging issues in brain tumour treatment. On average, children in the UK wait up to three times longer for a brain tumour diagnosis than those in other developed countries. The Headsmart campaign aims to double survival rates and halve the harm caused by brain tumours and the aggressive treatments that need to be used to eradicate tumour cells.

The opportunity to connect with members of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community was an unexpected and delightful development. May the best man or woman win!

Professor David Walker, Co-Director of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre and Professor of Paediatric Oncology

Katie Lockhart - Addressing the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community about The Childrens Brain Tumour Research Centre

Katie Lockhart – Addressing the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community about The Childrens Brain Tumour Research Centre

Prolonged and slow diagnosis can make long-term survivors up to ten times more likely to suffer from a physical or learning impairment, while some treatments can have long-lasting effects including learning difficulties, hearing loss and problems with physical development.

The Centre for Children’s Brain Tumour Research are eager to find other companies and supporters who can help them to continue their work. Academics at The University of Nottingham are leading the UK arm of a large international clinical trial for a type of children’s brain tumour called Ependymoma. The trial will treat around 150 children and young people in the UK and 350 from around the world, helping to determine the best ways to treat tumours.

Researchers aim to find the most successful treatment option with the fewest side effects for patients and to learn more about the biology of the disease. The trial will run for five years and follow patients for up to ten years.

Nottingham companies who have yet to choose a charity for 2017 can get in touch with the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre to find out more about how they can work together by emailing Louise Shaw louise.shaw@nottingham.ac.uk or calling 0115 74 84809.

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Sheriff of Nottingham Welcomes the UK Corporate Games 2017 at the Official Launch

The Sheriff of Nottingham welcomed the UK Corporate Games to the City of Nottingham in front of a packed crowd at the Official Launch.

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Cllr Jackie Morris said “Nottingham is a proud and historic city with wonderful facilities, a growing business community and a vibrant nightlife and we are thrilled that Nottingham has been awarded the rights to stage the UK Corporate Games next year.” The Sheriff clearly recognised the major opportunities that the Games will create for the City and for every one of the businesses involved. Cllr Morris mingled with the business guests and Civic dignitaries from the City of Stoke on Trent who hosted the Games in 2015.

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The MC for the evening was Louisa Preston of BBC London News who herself, was a graduate from Nottingham and many visitors had travelled from far and wide to attend the event. Ben Sedgemore, the Games Director, gave a presentation on the Games and spoke in glowing terms of the quality of facilities that he had been able to choose from in the region, “we have been fortunate to stage the Games in some wonderful Cities around the world but rarely have we seen an array of sporting facilities of the quality and number that Nottingham possesses. We know that all of the participants will be blown away by what they find in Nottingham and we are all aiming to make this the best UK Corporate Games in its 20 year history”.  The presentation described the 23 sports and host of celebrations that make up Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses.  Mr Sedgemore proclaimed that the Games delivers genuine opportunity for everyone involved, stating that there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Games, whether you are old or young and regardless of how fit or sporty you are.  The Games is totally inclusive and open to everyone.

Other speakers on the night included Kate Lockhart representing the Games Official Charity, the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.  Kate recounted how happy they are that they have been selected as the Official Charity for the Games.  Andrew May, General Manager at Nottingham Conferences explained that they are keen to see the outstanding facilities at the University fully utilised by the students but also community and business groups as they can all benefit from the massive investment that has taken place.

The final message was delivered by Stuart Mather, Community Relations & Employee Engagement Manager at Capital One.  Capital One entered a team of 40 into the Corporate Games in Liverpool this year but they can’t wait to participate in the Games on “Home Soil” in Nottingham from the 6th-9th July.  Stuart said “We had a fabulous experience in the Games this year.  The Games is wonderful for team building and it was professionally administered but really fun to be involved in too with the mixture of sport and celebrations.  We are looking to enter between 100 and 200 entrants this year and we would have no hesitation in recommending the Games to all businesses”.

Visitors also had a chance to tour the impressive new facility which will house the Games SuperCentre and almost all of the indoor sports on the packed Games programme.

The UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 will take place from the 6th-9th July and you and your organisation can be involved.  For details or to arrange a presentation on the Games please call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or email UK@corporate-games.com.

To see the coverage in the Nottingham Post please click here.