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?
Teams 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.
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!
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.