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

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.

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.

Corporate Cup Programme Hailed as Great Success in Stoke

 

The Europe Corporate Cup programme came to a spectacular conclusion on Saturday with visitors from far and wide heralding the events as a wonderful success. The players played, the paddlers paddled and the sun shone brightly on all of the friends, families and supporters throughout the day!

With the City of Stoke on Trent celebrating its status as European City of Sport 2016, competitors came from far and wide to participate in the Europe Corporate Cup’s of Netball and Dragonboat Racing.

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 3rd.  That said the Pirates from Portmeirion and Team Open also won a few hearts!

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 or the expansive Fenton Manor for the netball.
img_0465 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 Corporate Games last year were 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 being the UK’s European City of Sport is raising our profile and helping us to attract events like these, which might not have come here in the past. 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 also up for the challenge by paddling away with Angela Smith and other members of the Council team.

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

The Europe Corporate Cup of Netball saw local teams perform even better with the City Council securing a deserved 2nd place over a strong Ernst and Young team from London who finished 3rd.  However, Staffordshire Police were again the queens of the Courts as they won all seven of their pool and elimination games which saw them crowned worthy champions.  Victoria Pritchard of England Netball was involved in the delivery of the event and she said “It was terrific to work with the Corporate Games team and the City of Stoke for this inaugural event.  The spirit and camaraderie on the day was exemplary and the standard of facilities at Fenton Manor was excellent.  We would encourage teams of all abilities to consider getting involved next year as we know you won’t regret it.”

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Smiling Faces at Fenton Manor

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said, “we would like to thank everyone who assisted and participated in the Europe Corporate Cup programme this year.  We are fortunate to stage Games and Cups in great Cities all around the world but we are proud to say that Stoke On Trent is one of our favourite destinations.  The local leaders are pushing hard to put this great City onto the international sporting map as well as creating a lasting sporting legacy for the City.  We support everything they are trying to achieve and everyone in the area should be proud of the aspirations that the City has.  We are already looking forward to next year and everyone can be involved again!

Please click here to take our post Cup feedback survey.

Click here for some of the great photos from the day.

Also, to celebrate the 2016 Europe Corporate Cup taking place in Stoke-on-Trent’s ‘European City of Sport’ year, Hanley-based social enterprise Cox Bank Publishing is collecting stories about the netball and dragon boat competitions – written by you! They are looking for short stories which capture your memories of the day, your training mishaps or adventures, what inspired you to enter – anything and everything that captures the spirit of the Cup’s.  We’d love to hear your voice through your words and pictures (photos capturing your day are very welcome). A 20 word poem is fine, or anything up to a 2,000 word story – it’s up to you. As many contributions as possible will be published on Cox Bank Publishing’s website and the best ones will have a chance of being published in a book later this year, celebrating Stoke-on-Trent’s sporting year.  Note that by “best” we mean funny, sad, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable, or just plain entertaining – your words, about your experience. See www.sportingstories.com for more information. Please email your stories to Loretta.Grout@corporate-games.com.

UK Corporate Games 2017 Awarded to the City of Nottingham!

Following the recent success of the Europe Corporate Games Liverpool 2016, the Corporate Games World Headquarters is extremely excited to announce that the UK Corporate Games 2017 has been Awarded to the City of Nottingham.

After a thorough consideration of a number of great potential destinations we are pleased to confirm that Nottingham is the unanimous choice of the Games Inspection Committee.

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The UK Corporate Games is Europe’s largest annual multi sports festival for businesses and it will be taking place between the 6th- 9th July. The Games Headquarters will be working closely with partners from Nottingham Conferences, Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council, University of Nottingham Sport and luxury hotel company Principal Hayley Group to develop the ultimate mix of sport business and tourism for as many people as possible. Everyone is aiming to make this the very best Corporate Games in its 30 year history.

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said “We have been blown away by the quality and the number of impressive facilities that are available in Nottingham and staging the next UK Corporate Games there presents us with a wonderful opportunity. We are confident that with its powerful business infrastructure and central location that Nottingham will be an extremely popular destination for business visitors from across the UK and beyond as well as the local populace.”

The City boasts an array of first class sports facilities and many of these will be showcased over the Games weekend. In addition there are more than two thousands bedrooms available on the campus as well as numerous 2-5 Star hotels in the surrounding area to cater for everyone’s needs.

Andrew May, General Manager of Nottingham Conferences commented “We are thrilled that together with our bid partners, Principal Hayley Group and Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, we have secured the UK Corporate Games for 2017 for the City of Nottingham. This is a great opportunity to bring the city together and for us to showcase our brand new £40m David Ross Sports Village, the latest addition to an already stellar collection of state-of-the-art sporting facilities available at the university.” The addition of this enormous world class venue should enable the Games team to stage at least 15 sports on campus. With the ability to have both accommodation and sport all on one site an impressive ‘sports village environment’ will be created for everyone to enjoy. This will deliver a wonderful platform to promote team building, company and business engagement as well as improving workplace health & well-being.

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David Ross Sport Village

The UK Corporate Games provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance company togetherness and is an expression of corporate and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness. It is also legendary for its exciting Celebrations like the SuperCentre, Great Games Party, Grand Parade and Closing Awards. Competition is open to all, with organisations, businesses, national and multinational companies, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter. Teams can include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends. There are no qualifying standards.

This is an exceptionally exciting time for the City of Nottingham, as the UK Corporate Games 2017 will bring thousands of participants together from hundreds of different organisations to compete. The Games will enable company representatives to develop strong relationships and contacts with businesses from all sectors.

For more information about the UK Corporate Games 2017 view www.corporate-games.com, email uk@corporate-games.com or call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 for a discussion on the plans, packages and participation…

8th World Corporate Cup of Soccer getting closer!

We are very excited that the 8th World Corporate Cup of Soccer is getting closer and if you did not know already, the Cup is now moving from its spiritual home at Anfield, Liverpool to Upton Park in London this year!

On the last weekend of May you have the chance to join your friends and colleagues to play on the first team pitch at West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground. With the Club moving to the Olympic Stadium next year, this tournament represents one of the last opportunities available for anyone to play on the famous pitch graced by legends of the game like Hurst, Peter’s and Moore.

 

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Already a number of teams from Switzerland, Romania, Croatia, the UK and many more interesting destinations have already secured their place with each looking forward to battling it out for the World Corporate Cup of Soccer titles. It is the ultimate football competition in the UK for business teams, Club teams and organisations of all kinds to get the chance to show what they’ve got on this tremendous professional pitch.  Every team (regardless of their finishing position in the pool play) will get their time to play on the hallowed turf.

It is a great way to get your employees fit for business and the team building and camaraderie just cannot be under-estimated. However, it is not just employees that can take part- as family, friends and clients are all welcome to join in this fun-filled weekend of football. So take your chance to get to get involved in this fabulous festival of football in this historic sports ground.

Sample everything West Ham has to offer and get your team involved in a wonderful weekend of action.

 

In addition to the football, competing teams will also get the chance to view the FA Cup Final in the luxurious Legends Suite at the Club on Saturday afternoon.

There are still a few places remaining so don’t wait and secure your team’s place now!

It doesn’t matter if you are a male or female, which club you are cheering for, if you play for a club or not or how old you are…What matters is that you just love football!

So seize this once in a lifetime opportunity today.

Call 0044 (0) 1733 380888 to reserve your place

 

Great Team Leader Orientation Day in Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire

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Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses, the UK Corporate Games is coming to Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire from the 25-28th June.  This week saw preparations intensify as the Games team staged the Team Leader Orientation Day.

The Team Leader Orientation Day gave committed company Team Leaders from the likes of IBM, Virgin Trains, C2HMHILL, CSC, Lloyds Banking Group and a host of others the opportunity to get their first glimpse of the venues that will be hosting the Games in June.

Team Leaders from Preston, Blackpool, Leeds, London, Swindon and throughout the UK were joined by local business men and women from Staffordshire 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 Alton Towers Resort with a fabulous lunch in the impressive Conferencing facilities at the Alton Towers Hotel followed by a brief Games presentation.

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Packed Games Presentation at the Alton Towers Hotel

The guests then boarded a luxury Walton’s coach to see the array of impressive venues for sport and celebrations that Stoke and Staffordshire had to offer for this year’s Games.  Some visitors and locals alike were surprised by what was available in the region and everybody was seemingly impressed by the great indoor capacity at Fenton Manor and St. Peters College, the incredible investment and regeneration that has taken place at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, the picturesque beauty of Trentham Gardens, the extensive facilities at Keele University and the great location of the SuperCentre at the Staffs University SportsCentre and Student complex.

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

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

Once inside the Corporate Games guests were treated to a heart-stopping experience as they enjoyed exclusive use of the roller-coaster Oblivion before making their way to the Sea Life Centre for Champagne and delicious Canape’s.

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Heart-Stopping Excitement on the Exclusive Oblivion Ride

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Bill Torch, the Team Leader from Lloyd’s Banking Group said “Just a quick note to say many thanks for a wonderful day. The facilities look really fantastic and I’m sure the Games will be superb. The ride on Oblivion was brilliant and the lunch and end of day Canape’s at Alton Towers were exceptional”.

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 in Alton Towers there is a really unique environment.  People are familiar with the Park’s outstanding reputation as one of the prime entertainment parks in the world but in addition to this people may not realise that they have one of the best hospitality and conferencing programmes that we have seen.  We would be happy to recommend it to anyone based upon our experience”.

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A Fabulous End to a Wonderful Day!

Alton Towers was successful in being awarded the UK Corporate Games Closing Awards celebration so guests at that should be in for a treat too.

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 3 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 20th consecutive Games with 200 entrants and Towers Watson will celebrate 10 consecutive years with 150 entrants.  Virgin Trains are set to field over 100 entrants and Vodafone and CSC over 300 entrants each but small teams and 1 person enterprises are equally welcomed.

 

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.

 

Some of the Participating Companies

Intel, Swindon,

Allianze, Surrey,

Tower Watson, Birmingham

CH2M Hill, Swindon

Ernst & Young, London

Lloyds Banking Leeds

Air Products, Surrey

Grant Thornton, London

QVC, Merseyside

Parson Brinkerhoff

Axa, Basingstoke,

CSC, Kent,

HSBC London,

Mersey Care, Mersey

Places for People Preston,

RDC, Essex,

Vodafone, Berkshire,

SC Harris, London

IAC, Birmingham,

RAF Hockey, Lincoln,

Denplan, Hampshire

Resdev, Yorkshire,

Asda, Leeds.

Bank of New York Mellon, Manchester

Virgin Train, Birmingham

Brose, Coventry

IBM, London

PPI Insurance, Swindon

Arup Liverpool/London

 

 

 

 

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About the UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2015

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

 

 

 

100 Days to Go until UK Corporate Games 2015

CoverStaffordshire businesses urged to sign up for UK Corporate Games as “100 Days to Go” marker arrives!

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.

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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.”

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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.

 

UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013 Closing Awards Celebration

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On the Wednesday 18th September the UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013 was concluded in spectacular style in the stunning Great Hall at Warwick Castle.

In front of a packed crowd of winners, dignitaries and influential supporters of the Games, the Closing Awards were presented.

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said ” What a fabulous evening.  Tonight was a fitting end to a fabulous year for us in Coventry.

This was a special year for everyone involved and the partnership that we enjoyed with Coventry City Council and the University of Warwick was tremendous.  When this happens, the Games has an incredible impact and it is fitting that the Games has been hailed by everyone as such a resounding success”.

In addition to the Award winners, the Chief Executive of Coventry City Council (Martin Reeves) and the Director of Warwick Conferences (Alan Robinson) were honoured on behalf of their respective organisations with Special Recognition Certificates to highlight the outstanding partnership enjoyed with the Games Team.

The Awards night was a cause for great celebrations for everyone in attendance at this impressive and historic destination.

Sedgemore continued, “It has been a pleasure to present the Awards in the breath-taking room, to representatives of our tremendous competing companies.  Each company entered the Games with commitment and pride and each of the 32 Awards were really well-deserved. Not only was tonight a special occasion for the winners, it also allowed us to personally thank many of the individuals who were so instrumental in contributing to make this such an amazing year for everyone involved.  2013 has been a wonderful year for Coventry and it has been another wonderful year for the Games.

A number of Awards were presented by the Sport Patron Terry Monnington, The Games Patron Mark Wood and the Lord Mayor of Coventry.

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The Lord Mayor was delighted to present a number of the most prestigious awards

Furthermore, a number of influential partners, sponsors and supporters were on hand to present additional Awards to the successful Championship Division winners.  The Lord Mayor of Coventry presented the Medalist Award to CSC with an outstanding tally of 83 Medals and the Sport For Life Grand Award to Vodafone who entered an impressive 321 entrants.  This Award recognised Vodafone’s commitment to their staff, company excellence and health and fitness in the workplace.

The Lord Mayor said ” The Corporate Games team have really delivered a terrific event and we would love to have the opportunity to Host the Games again.  It was a magical weekend and one that no-one involved will ever forget. We told everyone that Coventry was a fabulous destination for the Games and this City always delivers- we even arranged fantastic weather as agreed!”

Twelve different Companies were successful in winning at least one of the 22 Sport Championship Awards, with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Ernst & Young (EY) securing 3 each and Vodafone and CSC proudly securing four each!

Local companies fought it out with big international brands in the Championship Divisions with the following successful recipients;

Division one for teams of between 1-5 Athletes was won by PSP Insurance Solutions with 46 points.

Division two for teams of between 6-10 Athletes was won by the Royal Air Force with 78 points.

Division three for teams of between 11-20Athletes was won by Johnsons Coaches & Bus Travel with 168 points.

Division four for teams of between 21-50 Athletes was won by University of Central Lancashire with 223 points.

Division five for teams of between 51-100 Athletes was won by Denplan Ltd with 204 points.

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Division six for teams of between 101-150 Athletes was won by IBM UK LTD with 372 points.

Division seven for teams of between 151-200 Athletes was won by Ernst & Young LLP with a record 497 points.

Division eight for teams of between  200+ Athletes was won by CSC with 782 points.

The Medalist Award was won by CSC for the second time and CSC‘s overall medal haul was 83.

Team Leader Mick Williams was supported by a number of his team when collecting their array of Awards.  Mr Williams was delighted to secure the Medalist Award saying that this “capped off another terrific year for team CSC… we just can’t wait for 2014 in Liverpool now!”

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Congratulations to Coventry and all of the Award winners from everyone at the Games World Headquarters.

We have a tough challenge on our hands but we are determined that the World Corporate Games Liverpool 2014 will be even more spectacular.  Please call 0044 (0)1733 380888 or email wcg@corporate-games.com for details of how you and your Organisation can get involved.

For a full breakdown of the results please  click here to download the results booklet.

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Wow, What a Year! Thank you for your Support…

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Well, what a year it has been, with celebrations, anniversary’s and an unprecedented number of great Games too.In June we joyfully celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Istanbul Corporate Games before concluding this years Games calendar by celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Australian Corporate Games last weekend.Along the way we had the pleasure of witnessing brand new Corporate Games in a host of spectacular destinations like Abu Dhabi, Bermuda, Bucharest, Cape Town, Delhi, Manila and Mexico. As ever, terrific Games were staged in Sydney, Brisbane and Thredbo. We enjoyed continued success with the UK Corporate Games in Preston, the 5th World Corporate Cup of Soccer at Anfield (home of Liverpool FC) as well as inaugural editions of the Bucharest Corporate Cup of Soccer and the Europe Corporate Cup of Tennis.I am sure you will agree that 2012 has been a wonderful year for everyone involved, with more opportunities provided than ever before.All of these Games and More will be made available for you to enter next year, as well as the breathtaking 19th UK Corporate Games in the heart of England in Coventry, the 1st Buenos Aires Corporate Games, as well as first editions of the Annecy-le- Vieux Corporate Games in France and the Transylvanian Winter Corporate Games in Dracula’s homeland early in February. We are also delighted to confirm that the World Corporate Cup of Soccer will be returning to Anfield at the start of June, as the hospitality and access granted to us by Liverpool Football Club is truly exceptional, enabling us to deliver another unparalleled experience with everyone playing at least one match on the Hallowed turf!.

It has been a pleasure to bring these unrivalled opportunities to you this year and we will be looking forward to enhancing these opportunties for you and your Organisations next year and in the future. You are the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community and we are proud to have your support.

Furthermore, if that is not enough, keep your eyes peeled for a major announcement on the World Corporate Games 2013 which should be brought to you in the coming weeks.

Next year will be a fabulous year for the Games, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the inaugural Games in San Francisco in 1988. However, it will only be a fabulous year, if people like you and your Organisations keep making the effort. We never take your support for granted and you are the people that make a difference. People like you make the difference for your companies, in your communities and on society as a whole. We are proud to work with people like you and we are people like you, wherever you are- we strive to make a difference too!

Enjoy the end of 2012 and get ready for a phenomenal year of sport, business and tourism in 2013 – together we can make it something special for everyone.

Yours Sincerely

Ben Sedgemore and all of the team at the Corporate Games World Headquarters

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Early Entry Discounts Prove Popular – Take Advantage for Coventry 2013

Early Bird DiscountAfter a fantastic year of sport in the UK in 2012, it seems that many companies are already turning their attention to next year’s planning, with a host of high profile Corporate Brands already securing their places at “Early Entry discount rates” for the 19th UK Corporate Games!

Prior to the launch, household names like Ernst and Young, CSC, Vodafone, Air Products, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Places for People, Towers Watson, Accenture, Lloyds Banking Group and Jaguar Landrover  had already signed up – for well over a 1400 competitors between them – so the UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013 is already looking like it could be a massive event.

Doug White, Marketing Manager commented, ” After a fabulous 2012, we are convinced that 2013 can be a really special year for the Games, it is our 25th Anniversary after all!  The appetite of the local companies, partners and supporters has been as good as it was in Preston which is exactly what we wanted to see.

It seems that this area has everything that you could wish for from a Host destination, with magnificent accommodation, picturesque countryside and outstanding business infrastrucure it is no wonder that many of our regular teams have already committed to enjoy everything that Coventry has to offer in July next year.  What’s more they have bagged a discount too and good luck to them!”

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Games Director, Ben Sedgemore reiterated that, “collectively, the Sports Facilities are as good as I have seen anywhere around the World.  With 13 sports at impeccable venues on the University of Warwick Campus the atmosphere should be electric, whilst Dragonboat Racing in view of Warwick Castle should also be an amazing sight to behold.  From a sport perspective, we were spoilt for choice in many respects, which is a real luxury and a testament to what Coventry has to offer. Not suprisingly, we are confident that every venue we have chosen will be a great one for our competing companies and participants. Furthermore, if you think the Sport venues are good – get ready for the Celebration destinations too!”

With 10% Early Entry Discounts running  until the 10th December 2012 and

5% Early Entry Discounts finishing on the 31st January there is still time to grab a bargain, as well as securing your place in your chosen sport for the finest sports festival of the year for 2013.  As last year, some sports will sell out but Corporate Account holders are Guaranteed entry to their chosen sport and the Great Games Party.  Discounts apply to Entry fees and Party Tickets.

To open your account and grab a discount call 01733 380 888 now or email uk@corporate-games.com

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UK Corporate Games 2012 Finishes in Style Where it Began with fabulous Closing Awards Celebration

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On the 26th September the UK Corporate Games Preston 2012 was concluded in style at the place where it all began; Brockholes Floating Village.

In front a packed crowd of winners, dignitaries and influential supporters of the Games, the Closing Awards were presented.

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said ” What a fabulous evening.  Tonight was a fitting end to a fabulous year for us in Preston.

Guild year was always going to be a big spectacle for Preston and the City and it’s representatives seized every opportunity that the Games presented.  When this happens, the Games has an incredible impact and it is fitting that the Games has been hailed by everyone as such a resounding success”.

The Awards night was a cause for great celebrations at this impressive Games destination.

Sedgemore continued, “It has been a pleasure to present the Awards to representatives of our tremendous competing companies, each company entered the Games with commitment and pride and each of the 32 Awards were really well-deserved. Not only was tonight a special occasion for the winners, it also allowed us to personally thank so many of the individuals who were so instrumental in contributing to make this such an amazing year for everyone involved.  2012 has been a wonderful year for Preston, it has been a wonderful year for the Country and it has been an exceptional year for the Games.  We are all determined to see the spirit of 2012 live on.”  Sedgemore used the platform to commend an extensive list of supporters,  like Babs Murphy CEO at the Chamber of Commerce, Andy Coverdale at UCLan, Phil Walsh at Preston City Council and a host of others.

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The Guild Mayor with some of the Award Winners

The sentiments were echoed by Bernard Hayes, Chief Financial Officer at Preston City Council.  Mr Hayes was thrilled to announce that the Games had injected between £2 and £3 million pounds into the local economy, as well as giving the participants, competing companies and host venues a fabulous experience.  Preston City Council have created a video commemorating the impact of the Games in Guild Year.  To see it click here http://bit.ly/Tk0cmH

A number of influential partners, sponsors and supporters were on hand to present the Awards to the successful recipients,  with the Guild Mayor of Preston, Councillor Carl Crompton closing the evening by presenting the Sport For Life Grand Award to Vodafone who entered an impressive 240 athletes.  This Award recognised Vodafone’s commitment to their staff, company excellence and health and fintess in the workplace.  The Guild Mayor said ” The Corporate Games team have really delivered a terrific event and we would love to have the opportunity to Host the Games again.  It was a magical weekend and one that no-one involved will ever forget.”

Fourteen different Companies were successful in winning at least one of the 22 Sport Championship Awards, with Asda taking two, Vodafone taking 3 and CSC proudly securing an incredible 6!

Local companies fought it out with big international brands in the Championship Divisions with the following successful recipients;

Division one for teams of between 1-5 Athletes was won by Anchor all the way from Kent with 45 points.

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BAE Systems with the Division 5 Championship Award.

Division two for teams of between 6-10 Athletes was won by the Royal Air Force with 90 points.

Division three for teams of between 11-20Athletes was won by East Midlands Airport Group with 192 points.

Division four for teams of between 21-50 Athletes was won by SPS (EU) Limited from Blackpool with 166 points.

Division five for teams of between 51-100 Athletes was won by BAE Systems with 356 points.

Division six for teams of between 101-150 Athletes was won by Ernst & Young LLP with 252 points.

Division seven for teams of between 151-200 Athletes was won by CSC with a record 969 points.

Division eight for teams of between  200+ Athletes was won by Vodafone with 684 points.

The Medalist Award was won by CSC for the first time and CSC’s overall points tally of 969 was an all-time Games record.

Team Leader Mick Williams was supported by a number of his team when collecting their array of Awards.  Mr Williams was delighted to secure the Medalist Award saying that this “capped off a terrific year for team CSC… we just can’t wait for 2013 in Coventry now!”

Congratulations to Preston and all of the Award winners from everyone at the Games World Headquarters.

 

For a full breakdown of the results please click here to download the results booklet.

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