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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Macmillan Cancer Support Announced as UK Corporate Games Official Charity

 

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The Games Office is delighted to announce their partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, the Official Charity of the UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013.

One in three of us will get cancer and its the toughest thing most of us will ever face.  If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way.  That is where Macmillan Cancer Support come in, providing practical, medical and financial support for better cancer care.

The number of people with cancer is growing every day.  Macmillan wants to reach and improve the lives of every one of those people.  Learn more about how Macmillan is going about it

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Macmillan can’t provide these vital services without the countless volunteers and fundraisers who support them.  We are urging all our participating companies and their participants to consider fundraising for this worthwhile cause.  Macmillan recognise that support is key to fundraising successfully and they offer a range of different options to help get you started.

Want to help but stuck for ideas on how to raise cash for charity?

Download Macmillan’s Little Green Book of Fundraising Ideas to get you started!  Alternatively, get your free copy of the book as well as many other resources (such as their free poster downloads) from your local fundraising office or order one from be.Macmillan.

Where is my local Macmillan fundraising office?

With Macmillan offices located across the UK, getting support with your fundraising ideas is never far away!  Find your local fundraising office

Alternatively, make a donation!  Don’t forget to mention the Corporate Games, as all funds raised through the July event will go towards charitable projects in and around the Coventry area.

Support Macmillan Cancer today!

If you are worried about cancer for yourself, a loved one or simply want to learn more, a member of their friendly and professional team are on-hand to provide expert advice when you need it.  Talk to Macmillan Cancer Support

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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Official Headquarters Hotel and Official Accommodation Provider Confirmed

Scarman HouseWith all of the sport venues now in place for the UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013, the Games office is now pleased to confirm that the Official UK Corporate Games Headquarters Hotel is Scarman House at the University of Warwick.

Scarman is an award-winning venue, based in the Heart of the Midlands. Offering 12 state-of-the-art lecture rooms and 42 syndicate rooms, the centre also has its own 120-seat tiered lecture theatre.

In addition to its outstanding meeting facilities, this modern venue also boasts 204 luxury en-suite bedrooms. Recently refurbished, the accommodation at Scarman rivals many 4* hotels. A lounge, bar, restaurant, fitness suite, games room and business centre are also available for all delegates to take advantage of, with the newly refurbished social spaces providing clients with the ideal setting in which to unwind after a day of training or stiff Games competition!

Exceptional catering, served up by dedicated and accommodating chefs, completes an already outstanding, world-class events package making Scarman the obvious choice for the Games Official Headquarters Hotel.

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Scarman House Reception

Part of the Warwick Conferences brand, Scarman is one of 4 venues in this collection. Perfectly located on the outskirts of Warwickshire yet only 30 minutes from Birmingham and its International airport, Warwick Conferences provides one of the largest choices of meeting space in the UK.

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Accommodation services will be provided by Warwick Conferences for 2013.  Coventry has an array of fabulous Hotels and accommodation options throughout the City, from the historic Coombe Abbey to the cutting edge De Vere at the Ricoh Arena, there really is something for everyone regardless of your requirements or your budget.  Furthermore, with 13 sports hosted at the fantastic facilities at the University of Warwick, the 1800 beds on Campus are sure to be in high demand.

Located within an attractive 700 acre site at the University of Warwick, Warwick Conferences’ venues provide an extensive range of accommodation facilities – all designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing stay.

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Warwick Conferences, The University of Warwick. Coventry.

All of the single, double, twin and disabled rooms are fully equipped with a spacious desk area, internet access, tea & coffee facilities and hairdryer as minimum. Breakfast is included with all room bookings where visitors can select from our wide range of continental and English breakfast options.

Guests can also enjoy a wide range of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops with full access to an extensive collection of leisure facilities during their stay; including a large indoor swimming pool, fitness suite and tennis facilities.

For more details TEL 024 7683 2792, Visit Warwick Conferences or email jackie.fallon@coventry.gov.uk

 

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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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Coventry Awarded 2013 UK Corporate Games

We are delighted to announce that the UK Corporate Games 2013 has been awarded to the City of Coventry.

Coventry, which is the UK’s 11th largest City overcame stiff competition from all corners of the Country to be named the prestigeous destination for Europe’s largest Corporate Multisport festival.  The City boasts some exceptional facilities, with the iconic Jaguar Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena already being named as the magnificent setting for the Games SuperCentre.

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore commented ” we were very lucky to receive a number of impressive bids to stage the Games and it was a very difficult decision in the end.  That said, Coventry has some amazing attributes that will be unknown to many people.  The Bid evaluation team were blown away by the quality of facilities and infrastructure in Coventry, the impeccable sports and celebration venues at the University of Warwick as well as the enthusiasm of the partners.  These combined attributes, the quality of hotels, the transport network and the central location made it an unbeatable combination this year.

Martin Reeves, CEO of Coventry City Council gave us a picture of the ambitious redevelopment plans that they have for the City and we were all very impressed with his drive and determination.  In addition, it was clear that Alan Robinson, Director of Training and Conferences at the University of Warwick immediately recognised the immense potential inherent within the Games having witnessed the 2011 version at Loughborough University.

We all know that the Games can offer unlimited opportunities for everyone as well as providing a massive economic boost to the region and we are delighted to be working with these partners to create a truly amazing event in July 2013.”

The UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013 will take place from the 4th – 7th July and it already looks set to be a groundbreaking event.  Further details will be announced via the blog and Games gossip in the coming months but for advance enquiries please email UK@corporate-games.com.

Coventry will be hoping to capitalize on the Games potential in a similar way to the current UK Corporate Games host, Preston.

Fot those that don’t know, the Games in Preston coincides with the City’s 800th Guild year celebrations and is also aligned with the City’s status as European City of Sport.  Doug White, Marketing Manager at the Games commented ” We have been delighted with the welcome that we have received from the City of Preston.  Businesses, Individuals and sports enthusiasts are all flocking to seize the unlimited opportunities that the Games creates and we know that each and every one of them will enjoy an unforgettable weekend.  Preston has plenty to be proud of and we can’t wait for July!  Preston City Council understood the Power of the Games from the outset and we are working very hard with them to maximise every potential opportunity.  The Games will be a focal point of their Guild Year celebrations and thousands of people have already signed up to participate.”

So there you have it, if you have not done so already, start planning for two spectacular events in July…