Staffordshire companies are being invited to sign up for this year’s UK Corporate Games being held in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire between 25 and 28 June.
Over 3,000 athletes from over 50 top UK companies have already signed up for the Games and now organisers are keen to see Staffordshire companies getting involved. Monday will see the 100 day’s to go marker arrive so the Games is now well and truly on the horizon.
Vodafone, Johnsons Health Tec, Environmental Essentials, and Staffordshire Police are amongst the county’s organisations already signed up.
The Games are Europe’s largest multi-sport festival for business and while showcasing the regions investment potential are expected to generate over £2.5 million for the local economy.
Competitors will battle it out in 22 sports, including hockey, cricket, football, netball, volleyball, and dragon boat racing and many more, so there should be something on the programme for everyone. Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Newcastle College and Trentham Gardens.
Terrific Venues Secured in the Region
With the Games on the horizon now in just 100 days, a number of supporters have given their thoughts and encouraged the un-decided out there to get involved to sample the array of exciting opportunities on offer.
Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy at Staffordshire County Council said:
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming thousands of people from top UK companies, but we’re also keen to see local companies getting involved too. The Games are designed to help build team spirit and boost productivity as well as giving organisations the chance to promote their business.Hosting the games will be great for the county and give us the perfect opportunity to show off what the area has to offer, as well as providing a welcome boost to our tourism sector.”
Councillor Adrian Knapper, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s exciting to see so many companies signing up for these games and I’m sure there’s still many more to come. We’re very proud to be hosting these Games which will see thousands of people not only competing in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, but staying here, supporting the local economy and seeing everything we have to offer.”
Chief Inspector Phil Fortun at Staffordshire Police and teamleader for the Games said: “We are delighted to be organising a team from Staffordshire Police to take part in the 2015 UK Corporate Games. Whilst team members will be competing in their own time, this is an excellent opportunity for Staffordshire Police and the force Sports Association to engage with local businesses, host venues and organisations and showcase some of the outstanding things Staffordshire has to offer. I would encourage other local businesses and organisations to sign up for the Games as it promises to be an unforgettable weekend for all involved.”
Games Director Ben Sedgemore said: “We are really looking forward to staging the Games in the wonderful facilities in the area. Large numbers of major organisations from across the Country will be coming and we now want as many local organisations as possible to join them regardless of the size of the company. Everyone is welcomed to the Games, everyone is treated equally regardless of their sporting ability and everyone will have a wonderful experience.”
Gordon Banks with Games Supporters in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire
Gordon Banks is a Patron for the Games and he had a similar message; “The 2015 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 in June. 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. With 100 days to go, we need everyone to get behind the Games and make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity”
Companies interested in taking part can find out more at a special Team Leader Orientation afternoon on Wednesday 25 March where they can meet the organisers, talk to other Team Leaders and tour some of the venues. A further presentation at Newcastle-under-Lyme College on 26th March at 8am is also being organised for prospective companies.
Companies have up to 3 June to register and can do so at www.corporate-games.com or by calling 01733 380888 for more details.