The Closing Awards Celebration concludes the successful UK Corporate Games 2015

 

Closing Awards @ Alton Towers
Closing Awards @ Alton Towers


This years Closing Awards Celebration was staged in the impressive Emperor’s Suite, Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire. As well as enjoying the wonderful surroundings and the engaging Awards Celebration, guests were treated to a delicious 3 course meal and drinks reception with both Virgin Trains and Alton Towers sponsoring this final Games component.

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This special Games Awards Celebration involved team leaders, guests, officials and VIP’s all gathering together for the evening to celebrate the fabulous success of this years Games. The Corporate Awards including: Sport and Divisional Championships, Medallist Award and the Sport For Life Grand Award were presented to the proud recipients throughout the course of the evening.

It was a superb evening and it was great to see such an impressive turnout with the luxurious room close to capacity. Ben Sedgemore the Games Director at the Games World Headquarters said: “We have been fortunate enough to stage wonderful Games all around the world but I am proud to say that this was undoubtedly one of the best.  The location and quality of the venues were really appreciated by our wonderful competing companies and we are thrilled everyone involved had such a rewarding experience in Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire.  Alton Towers is a real jewel of a venue and this exciting destination was the perfect backdrop to the culmination of the Games.  This really was a special Games and a wonderful team effort from everyone involved”.

Selection of Winners with Lord Mayor and Gordon Banks, MBE
Selection of Winners with Lord Mayor and Gordon Banks OBE

 

csc picThe Biggest winner of the night was CSC who picked up 6 Awards, including 4 Sport Championship Awards for: Cycling, Squash, Swimming and Tennis.  CSC also recorded a Worldwide Corporate Games Community record with a staggering 1128 Games points to claim the Championship Division Award for Division 8 (201+ athletes).  The Championship Division Awards celebrate the winners of each division based on overall team size.  Furthermore, the coveted Medallist Award which is presented to the organisation winning the most medals was also proudly awarded to CSC with an impressive 105 medals.

 

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CSC – UK Corporate Games 2015 Medallist Award Winners

England World Cup winning Legend Gordon Banks OBE, the Sport Patron for the Games received a rapturous reception from everyone in attendance and happily presented CSC’s Medallist Award as well as having pictures taken with many of the Award Winners.  Councillor Jean Bowers Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke, Kelly Burton of Virgin Trains, Ellie Jones of Alton Towers and Councillor Mark Winnington of Staffordshire County Council were some of the other Awards presenters.

EY Ernst and Young and Vodafone were also big winners, with Ernst and Young picking up four Sport Championship Awards for Basketball, Hockey, Netball and Volleyball and a Championship Division Award for Division 7.

 

vodaWhilst Vodafone was Awarded with Sport Championship Awards for Cricket 8’s, Poker, Softball and Tenpin Bowling but more importantly team Vodafone were awarded with the Sport For Life Grand Award which celebrates the largest organisation in terms of number of representatives taking part, Vodafone was awarded this Trophy for the 5th year running.  This year their tremendous team was made up of 312 athletes!
Whilst the list of other successful companies featured an incredible array of major organisations including: Lloyds Banking Group, Turner & Townsend, EDF Energy, Bentley, ASDA, Nationwide, Staffordshire Police, AXA, Sodexo, Accenture, Active Transport many smaller organisations were equally  recognised like Active Transport and PSP Insurance and Financial Solutions. The night was also a wonderful way to thank the many partners and sponsors who were instrumental in helping to deliver this spectacular Games, including:

CSC-UKCity of Stoke On TrentMake it Stoke-on-Trent & StaffordshireNewcastle-under-Lyme CollegeStaffordshire Chamber of CommerceStaffordshire County CouncilNewcastle under Lyme Borough CouncilKeele UniversityTrentham GardensStaffordshire UniversityTVF PromotionsBROSE LIMITEDAlton TowersVirgin TrainsEDF ENERGYCH2MctchelthcareSt Peter’s Academy  Sports HallThe Donna Louise Childrens HospiceThe SentinelMochaPortmeirion GroupSportsJam KitsSelect Travel ServiceBar SocialGrosvenor Casino

Thank you once again for attending the Games this year in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did! We look forward to seeing you all next year in Liverpool for the Europe Corporate Games 2016. For more information on next years Europe Corporate Games in Liverpool: Telephone: 0044 (0)1733 380888 Email: uk@corporate-games.comEurope_2016_Logo_(2)_detail


World Corporate Games Makes Flying Start

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The World Corporate Games Headquarters is delighted to confirm that the World Corporate Games Liverpool 2014 , presented by the International Festival for Business, is already on track to be one of the biggest Corporate Games of the decade.

After great Games experiences for thousands of organisations around the globe, the Flagship Games for 2014 is set to be a huge success, creating unrivalled opportunities for everyone involved.

Across the UK, huge numbers of major organisations have already secured their places, with large teams already confirmed from the likes of Asda, CSC, Intel, Towers Watson, Vodafone, EY, Accenture, JLR, Unilever, AXA, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Lloyds Banking group to name just a dozen of the well known companies. Equally, hosts of local entities are also fired up and getting ready for action, like South Liverpool Homes, Liverpool One and the Walton Centre.  Not forgetting the significant representation of companies from across the Globe and far flung destinations like Israel, Cape Town and Istanbul.  Some organisations are fielding teams from the UK and overseas like Unilever with a team of 50 from Port Sunlight and another 20 of their Dutch colleagues joining in the fun.

Doug White, Global Partnerships Director at the Games said “we have been thrilled by the appetite of our great supporting company’s to be involved this year and we see this as a resounding endorsement of the continued impact that the Corporate Games is having for businesses around the globe and also the appeal of the great City of Liverpool, which is a perfect home for the 24 sports and tremendous celebrations on our great Games programme in 2014″.

Great Sponsors and Partners Unveiled

On the sponsorship front, 3 time Platinum sponsors and Medallist Award winners CSC has upgraded to Headline Sponsor Status and increased its team size too.  CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) will be bringing a team of 270 participants and is aiming to see the organisation represented in every sport on the programme this year.  Mick Williams, Team Leader of CSC said ” we have been increasing our numbers steadily from 50 in Liverpool in 2010 and to be bringing such a big team back to Liverpool in 2014 is terrific for us all.  We are looking forward to seeing CSC come together for a fabulous weekend and to wearing our CSC colours with pride”.

Corporate Games Parade down Friargate in Preston

Peel Holdings has joined CSC as Headline sponsors and this will be their first ever Corporate Games .  Peel will be staging the dragonboat racing and open water swimming at their impressive Princes Dock and this site looks set to be a real focal point of Games activity over the weekend.  The Peel Group are heavily involved in business and they are continuing to invest in major developments across the UK. Peel is looking to field a team in excess of 200 participants and the rumour is that they may be very competitive!

Places for People from Preston has also taken a package for the 3rd consecutive year.  This team was planning to feature just over 100 entrants entrants again this year but after overwhelming interest from throughout their group they have decided to enter over 250 participants which is great news for all concerned.  They will all be competing keenly for points, medals and awards in Liverpool in June.

A host of great sponsors are already confirmed from a multitude of different sectors, with Jaguar Land Rover named as the Official Vehicle Supplier, Walton’s Coaches the Official Travel Provider, and the impressive Richmond Hotel already selected as the Official Headquarters Hotel.  On the business front the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, Liverpool Vision and Downtown in Business are also widely supporting the Games.  SportsJam, providers of terrific sport and teamwear to suit any budget have been unveiled as the Official Kit provider’s for the 2nd Year running.

The Media angles look covered too, with City Talk, Radio City, Rydal Communications and Mocha Film Productions all getting involved in the Corporate Games spirit.  In addition Online Ventures and huddled have come on stream as the Official Social Media partners, so follow the Games tweets to keep up to date on all of the action.

Plus if you are after Company  Banners and Flags for this exciting weekend, look no further than our established Games partner’s, TVF Promotions who are back for the 4th year in a row to provide top quality branding to suit any company budget.  On the food front, Invincibles Catering has been selected as Official Catering Supplier for the Games, having performed brilliantly with a range of terrific quality food and beverage offers in Preston in 2012.

Rivals Brought Together in the Spirit of the Games

It is well known that the Games office has had a terrific relationship with Liverpool Football Club for the last 5 years and this looks set to continue for the future but we are also pleased to announce that Everton Football Club (through Everton in the Community) have joined EDF Energy in securing a Silver Champions Package.  We welcome them on board and we have no doubt that this will lead to some friendly rivalry across the Games weekend!

What’s more, almost all of the terrific venues have now been confirmed to deliver the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism next June.

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Impressive Venue for Games SuperCentre – St George’s Hall

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director of the World Corporate Games  said, “we managed to deliver an extremely impressive venue offer for participants for the UK Corporate Games in Liverpool in 2010 but I have to say that we are convinced that the selections made for 2014 will be even more impressive. Liverpool is a major City on the World stage, it has a lot to be proud of and we know that everyone who visits will receive a warm welcome and be left with some wonderful memories of an awe inspiring weekend. Plus, with the International Festival For Business sandwiched around the Games there will be an even greater array of business opportunities in the lead up to the Games weekend and in the period following the Games too” (see www.IFB2014.com for details).

Obviously, we hope that there won’t be any injury’s over the weekend but you will be pleased to know we have that angle covered too, with St John Ambulance as Official Medical Supplier and Joints and Points Healthcare being named the Official Physiotherapy Partner of the World Corporate Games .  We have not got every angle covered yet, but as you can see – we are getting there!

Official Charity

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We are also delighted to confirm that Woodlands Hospice has been named as the Official Charity of the World Corporate Games and the World Corporate Cup of Soccer at Anfield for 2014.  Through our relationship with Liverpool Football Club we have a greater understanding of the supportive and inspirational work that Woodlands perform locally every day. We are really hoping that 2014 can be a great year for them and a great year for everyone involved.

Don’t Miss Out

Such is the interest in this Games it is likely that some sports will sell out.  As in previous years all Corporate account Holders will be entitled to guaranteed entry to the sport of their choice.  So, Don’t delay contact the Games team today on 0044 (0) 1733 380 888, email wcg@corporate-games.com, visit our website and download your brochure here.

Can’t wait to see you all in June!

Team Leader Orientation Day

The Team Leader Orientation Day is always a great occasion with all existing and potential Team Leaders welcome to attend this enjoyable day with us.  Contact the Games office for the Itinerary and further details or please click here to view the Invitation.

 

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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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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Warwick Castle

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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Smiles and Celebrations at the UK Corporate Games 2011 Closing Awards

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CSCThe Games Headquarters would like to offer their sincere congratulations to all our Award Winners for their outstanding efforts at this year’s UK Corporate Games Loughborough 2011.

Last week saw representatives from the winning organisations of the 2011 Games come together for an exceptional event at the prestigious Gherkin building in London.

Hosted by CSC, Platinum sponsor for the 2011 and 2012 UK Corporate Games, the guests relived their successes and team achievements over drinks and canapés. The Celebrations were followed by a formal podium presentation, where the winning organisations’ achievements were fully recognised.

Caroline Whalley-Hunter, Finance Director for CSC joined Corporate Games Life Members, Rose D’Costa MBE and Peter D’Costa MBE, in presenting the Corporate Awards to each organisation.

Caroline described the Games as “the best investment of its kind, offering limitless opportunities to organisations for team building, improving fitness in the workplace, widening employer engagement whilst also providing exposure to new clients” which, is what she calls “real value for money.”Winners on the podium once again at the UK Corporate Games 2011 Closing Awards.

Representatives from a host of organisations like Vodafone, Accenture, Onwards & Upwards, Ernst & Young, IBM, Intel, East Midlands Airport, Asda, Fujitsu, Towers Watson, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, RWE NPower, Nationwide, John Lewis Partnership, Sparta and Paul Lewis Haulage were recognised – each one proud of their team’s successes.

It comes as no surprise that these companies have already started to prepare for next year’s event.

With the UK Corporate Games landing in Preston for the Olympic year – the room was alive with talk of next year’s teams, including competitive yet friendly banter between organisations.

Wendy Gannaway, Managing Director of Onwards & Upwards, urges other companies to join in and sign up for the Games in Preston for 2012:

“No matter which who you are or what you do, the Games has a sport for you. It is an incredible event that guarantees a fantastic sports experience and an opportunity for you to really let your hair down and enjoy yourself. You’ll meet some fantastic people across the weekend from all walks of life, all over the UK. Win, lose or draw, my team are always buzzing after the Games weekend – it is the talk of the office on Monday morning!”

Our sincere congratulations go to all our Award winners for 2011 – and we look forward to seeing the teams again in 2012 to defend their titles!

Click here for the full Games Results

Click here for more information on the UK Corporate Games Preston 2012

 

NEW PLATINUM CHAMPION – CSC

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We are proud to announce that CSC has become our first Platinum Champion for the 2012 UK Corporate Games for a second consecutive year.

CSC are global leaders in providing IT-enabled business solutions and services.  CSC confirmed that following the huge success of this year’s event in Loughborough they will be increasing the number of participants to 200 for next year’s Games in Preston.  CSC is once again leading the way in teambuilding & promoting health and wellbeing amongst their staff.

CAROLINE WHALLEY-HUNTER – Finance Director, CSC UK

“CSC is proud to be the first Platinum sponsor of the 2012 UK Corporate Games in Preston. This will be our third year at the event and we hope to build on our previous successes, both on the sports field and in terms of positive feedback from our team and supporters. We see this festival as a great way for our staff, from all areas of the UK, to get together to exhibit their passion for excellence and to raise our corporate profile. We look forward to meeting our colleagues, clients and other Games Warriors in Preston".

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For more information on how to become a Games Champion, contact the Games office on +44 (0)1733 380 888.

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