The brand new Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer was a hit!

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                                 Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer medallists

The inaugural Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer took place over the weekend, in association with Stoke City Council, Stoke City Football Club and Staffordshire University. The Cup kicked off the start of a brand new series of events in Stoke, which will later see a Europe Corporate Cup of Netball and a Europe Corporate Cup of Dragon boat racing come to the City in September (16th and 17th) . It was a great weekend that showcased some of the best sporting venues and facilities in the region and there were some powerful local organisations that took part from the likes of JCB, Bentley Motors and Michelin Tyres who joined other sporty businesses from across the UK to compete!

Stoke-on-Trent was recently awarded European City of Sport status following the successful staging of the UK Corporate Games in the region in 2015. Since receiving this impressive accolade, Stoke-on-Trent has been extremely proactive in marketing the City as a desirable host location for international, national and local sporting events and we are proud that the brand new series of Europe Corporate Cups have become top quality additions to the extensive European City of Sport programme.

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A selection of the visitors to the Bet 365 Britannia Stadium tour

The weekend kicked off on the Saturday at Staffordshire University, where everybody played their matches on the well-marked pitches at Staffordshire University. We were incredibly lucky with the weather as it was a beautiful day and it set the tone nicely for the rest of the weekend.

 

As well as the sporting competition taking place, on the Saturday evening we invited everyone to come along to the Britannia Stadium where were lucky enough to have an interesting tour of the Stadium, where we were given access to the impressive home and away dressing rooms, the mascot room, interview and media rooms and we were given the best possible views of the stadium and pitch before having a private viewing of the UEFA Champions League Final in the 1863 Lounge. It was a great evening and a hopefully a nice way to relax before the finals kicked off the following day.

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Immaculate Surfaces at the Clayton Wood Training Ground

 

The finals were over at Clayton Wood Training Ground on Sunday morning, which is home to the Stoke City players. The pitches and the whole complex were absolutely fantastic and the staff were extremely accommodating and helpful to us and everyone taking part, as each team was allocated to a changing room.

A series of exciting knockout matches ensued and the pristine surfaces.

The final match of the weekend saw Stoneleigh Architectural Services from Wolverhampton take on Kangs RBS Group from Warwickshire to decide this year Champions. Both teams gave it there absolute all and it was a thrilling final to watch.  Players from the eliminated teams had all been keen to stay to watch this showpiece spectacle and the atmosphere was electric with sizeable numbers crowding around the pitch to watch the action.

Tied at 1-1 at full time, the youthful RBS team took a deserved 3-1 lead in the warm sunshine in the first period of extra time.  However, the more experienced Stoneleigh side kept plugging away and snatched an equaliser with only seconds remaining to make it 3-3.  Penalties ensued but who would come out on top?  Maybe the late comeback had taken something out of RBS.  In the tense shootout Stoneleigh kept their nerve to secure a 4-3 win on penalties!

There was regional glory for Bentley Motors Limited though who managed to beat local rivals Michelin Tyres in a high scoring 3rd place playoff to secure a medal.

The new Lord Mayor Councillor Anthony Munday commented on the great spirit in the Cup as he presented a special City of Stoke On Trent China plate to the Man of the match from Stoneleigh.

 

A huge congratulations to everyone involved, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you soon! We are now more excited than ever to return to Stoke in September with the Europe Corporate Cup of Netball and the Europe Corporate Cup of Dragon boat racing, which will both take place simultaneously in the City, from Friday 16th – Saturday 17th September.

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For any more information on any of our upcoming events, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of the team on:

0044(0) 1733 380 888 or email ukadmin@corporate-games.com

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The Okinawa team are preparing for a huge Games in March 2016!

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The Great Games Party – Okinawa 2015

Preparations are now well underway in Japan for the Okinawa edition of the Corporate Games. The Games will commence in March 2016,  after a huge team effort from the Okinawa Corporate Games Executive Committee and a great deal of anticipation from those taking part and the wider Worldwide Corporate Games Community. The Games will showcase the very best venue on the Island and will give businesses from all over the world the chance to experience the fantastic sporting facilities and services that Okinawa has to offer.

Here at the World Headquarters of the Corporate Games, we are thrilled for the Okinawa team and are very excited for the Games to commence next year. Japan as a whole, is a great host for the Corporate Games, with a superb Okinawa Games taking place earlier in the year and a hugely anticipated Asia-Pacific Corporate Games taking place in Tokyo next month.  The Corporate Games is continuing to grow in popularity in Japan, as it is an extremely hard-working, high achieving and active country. Those that are keen to visit the beautiful Island of Okinawa will get the chance to build relationships with the Okinawan people and businesses.  It is a wonderful experience to get a taste of their culture and they are famous across the world for their hospitable and friendly welcoming nature.  So we would be delighted to strongly encourage any organisations, from neighbouring countries or further afield to visit this fantastic part of the world and take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that exists with the Games over there.

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The Grand Parade of Athletes – Okinawa 2015

 

The Games next year are set to be huge, with organisations of all sizes signing up to compete in one of the world’s largest annual multi-sport festivals for business. The Okinawa Corporate Games will feature 16 great sports on to the programme.  2016 will be the second edition of the Games there after an incredibly successful and impressive inaugural Games earlier this year. There truly is something for everybody on the programme, including: badminton, baseball, basketball, dragon boat racing, soft darts, futsal, relay marathon, softball, table tennis, tenpin bowling, volleyball and open water swimming.

The open water swimming in particular, is being tipped by the Okinawan team to be one of the most popular sports on the programme. Partly due to the International Olympic Committee having recently confirmed a 10km-marathon open water swim as part of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as well as part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games schedule. However, the open water swimming competition is also expected to be very popular for the Corporate Games in Okinawa because of the comfortable sea temperature of 21C and the beautiful setting of the emerald blue pacific by the chatan-town coastline, where the event will take place. The swim has also been split into three separate routes to accommodate swimmers of all different abilities, including: a ‘shorter’ 1.2km course for those who wish to experience distance swimming in the sea – perhaps for the first time, a 3.1km route for those who enjoy the thrill and challenge of distance open-water swimming and enjoy healthy competition and finally, a 5/10km route for competitive athletes who might like to use the Games for training or competitive purposes.

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Sunset Beach, Okinawa

The entry fee for the Okinawa Games is set at a reasonable JPY 10,000 (roughly £55) per person. Entering into the Okinawa Games guarantees a place and participation into one of the many exciting sports on the programme as well the SuperCentre Celebration, Grand Parade of Athletes, Great Games Party, Closing Awards Celebration, a Corporate Games original sports top, as well as admission into the continually growing Worldwide Corporate Games Community. Supplements are also available for particular sports and the closing date for all admission’s is the 31st of December. So act fast to make sure you secure your sport of choice.

Entry is incredibly easy, simply complete an entry form and register your interest into the appropriate sport.

 

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Okinawan team as they will be more than happy to help. All the necessary information can be found below:

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The Okinawa Corporate Games team!
  • Email: ocg-info@corporategames.jp
  • Telephone: 098-859-2580
  • Fax: 098-859-2581
  • Website
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and please take a look through the Okinawa Corporate Games 2016 Brochure

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Cape Town Stages a Wonderful Corporate Games 2015!

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The Cape Town Corporate Games took place over the weekend with great success. This Games has been staged successfully in South Africa since 2012, and has been growing to become an exciting annual multi-sports festival with thousands of athletes taking part this year to get fit for business!

A host of high profile companies took part this year like: Turkish Airlines, Shell, Grand West, Absa, FlySAA and many more, the weekend saw a healthy competition ranging across 10 dynamic sports, including: action cricket, dragon boat racing, golf, karting, action netball, tenpin bowling, table tennis, trial running, soccer 5’s and mountain biking. With fantastic venues and facilities the Games proved to be another huge success in Cape Town and all of the feedback so far has been extremely positive.

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Cape Town Corporate GamesAlong with the fun-filled and action packed sporting activities across the weekend, there were also many chances for celebrating in true Games style. The Supercentre Celebration kicked off the weekend perfectly at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World – the largest entertainment destination of it’s kind in South Africa. The Games also saw a successful Games Celebration and Parade along with the Closing Celebration also taking place at Grand West – the official host venue for the Cape Town Corporate Games.grandwest-exterior-evening_jpg_sunimage_1400_730

 

The Corporate Games has been growing year upon year now in South Africa and we are proud of the successes being made and excited for the future Games to be held in this fantastic part of the World.

 

Watch this space for the Official Results booklet which should be released soon.

If you took part in the Cape Town Corporate Games or any other Games from around the world, we would love to hear from you!

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Peel Gazebo Village Announced!

With the Games well and truly looming on the Horizon, multiple opportunities are arising to help all of our competing companies and sponsors with additional brand exposure and opportunity, and this year we have something bigger and better than before – as you would expect!  The Games Gazebo Village supported by Games joint Headline Sponsors Peel Holdings.

As always, the Games SuperCentre will be a focal point for sponsors and exhibitors alike as it offers a terrific platform to show you what they have to offer.  There is no doubt that the splendour of St George’s Hall will be a perfect backdrop for this exciting start to the Games weekend. However, if you are keen to enjoy further promotion of your brand, whilst mingling with other Games participants and supporters, why not grab your Gazebo and head on down to Princes Dock!

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Princes Dock – Iconic Destination for the Dragon Boating, Swimming and the Games Gazebo Village

(featuring the Royal Liver Building in the background)

Princes Dock will be the atmospheric venue for the Games Open Water Swimming events and the incredibly popular Dragonboat Racing at the Games.  Thousands of participants will be flocking to the Docks over the Games weekend and we have made available a Gazebo space for all of the competing organisations in either of these events!

Furthermore, courtesy of Peel Holdings, we are delighted to extend this offer by making additional Gazebo pitches available for every competing organisation.  What is more, every space will be available for free (subject to availability with allocations made on a first come – first served basis)!  Yes, no charges apply and you and your organisation can be represented at the Peel Gazebo Village.   A number our great competing companies and organisations have already reserved a space. So why not join the likes of Swinton, Everton in the Community, QVC, DWF, Places For People , Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and many more at the Games Gazebo Village. Dragonboat Racing always generates an incredible atmosphere, so support your crews, enjoy the ambiance of Princes Dock and make the most of this wonderful opportunity at this inspiring destination in the heart of Liverpool.  Not to mention the great bonus of keeping dry -should the weather be less impressive than last year…

Last year, the backdrop for the Dragonboat racing was the historic Warwick Castle, whereas this year it will be the magnificent Royal Liver Building.  Warwick Castle and St Nicholas Park became a focal point for many competing businesses, with branded Company Gazebo’s popping up everywhere, so why not join in the fun and make the most of your opportunity at Princes Dock this year.  Although we can’t promise the same weather as last year, we can promise more crews, more racing and an even busier weekend.

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Company Gazebo’s in place at the UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013

Plus, with so much trade and opportunity being generated in connection with the International Festival For Business this summer, make sure that you and your organisation get a piece of the action! To reserve your space at the Games Gazebo Village supported by Peel, please contact Sabrina at the Games World Headquarters on 0044 (0)1733-380888 or email Sabrina.Moswitzer@Corporate-Games.com.

NB, Games competitors can also take advantage of a cut price parking offer at the Multi-storey car park at Princes Dock over the Games weekend. The cost has been reduced to £3.50 per car per day courtesy of Peel Holdings.

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Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge onboard and ready to rumble

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Situated in the heart of our official host venue, The V&A Waterfront, where most of the action will be taking place, the Breakwater Lodge is the ideal hotel partner for the 2013 Cape Town Corporate Games.

The Breakwater Lodge is one of the finest hotels operated by the group Protea Hotels. Protea Hotels is Africa’s largest and leading hotel group and are displaying their special brand of hospitality in eight African countries.

Once a 19th Century prison, this hotel today provides accommodation, conference and function facilities, in a spectacular setting that looks out over the harbour and up onto Table Mountain. Public areas and facilities at the hotel include an in-house Gym, Prokidz lounge and Transit lounge, as well as laundry facilities and WIFI Internet hotspots located throughout the building.

For the athletes who are eager to warm up and train that extra mile before the Games start, the hotel has gym facilities as well.

Special packages are available for companies and participants travelling from far. Simply contact the Cape Town Corporate Games office for further information.

We are proud to announce that the Breakwater Lodge will be the sport sponsor for Dragon Boat racing this year seeing as the sport code is taking place in their “back yard”.

We also cannot think of a better place to end of a weekend of sport, business and tourism than at the Breakwater Lodge, this is why they will be the hosting venue for the Closing Ceremony.

The Cape Town Corporate Games team welcomes the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge to the 2013 Corporate Games!!

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Dragon boat challenge – Preparing for the Corporate Games

February 21st, 2013, Cape Town – 3rd South Africa, Official License Holder of Corporate Games South Africa, invited companies from all over the Western Cape to participate in a Dragon Boat Challenge. The challenge saw companies battle it out on the sea, at the V&A Waterfront, Official Host Venue for the Cape Town Corporate Games 2013.

The Dragon Boat Challenge was initiated to give companies an opportunity to network and to experience first hand what the Cape Town Corporate Games is all about.

The sport discipline, dragon boat racing is certainly one of the most exciting of the 15 sporting codes scheduled for the Cape Town Corporate Games multi-sports festival later this year, which is expected to attract thousands of competitors from across South Africa.

On arrival, guests were divided into 3 teams to paddle against each other.  Top local companies that participated in the Dragon Boat challenge included the likes of Barloworld Motors, Sanlam, Intergest, RedBull, 24.com, Cape Media, NCC Environmental Services, Allan Gray, Evolv Networks, Tag Rugby®, Tsogo Sun Hotels, Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, and City of Cape Town Fire & Rescue Services just to name a few.

Volker Werth,  Director at InterGest South Africa (PTY) Ltd commented:

“This event was a real surprise…..a fun and action filled race, in  an awesome setting, which makes for the perfect corporate challenge. I will definitely be entering my company again, and challenging my colleagues and associates to test their abilities this great event.”

Event partners of the Cape Town Corporate Games 2013, who came on board for the Dragon Boat Challenge, included SAB Miller and Red-bull who supplied participants with the necessary refreshments for the race.

The Dragon Boat Challenge was the perfect opportunity to engage in friendly rivalry in a race against each other and to reconnect through sport for fun and friendly competition, networking opportunities and social activities.

3rd South Africa will be arranging regular practice sessions to assist companies to train leading up to the Cape Town Corporate Games taking place from 06-09 June 2013.

During the practice sessions companies will be taught the techniques, commands and paddlers tips, ensuring that they are well prepared and synchronized for the race in the Cape Town Corporate Games. A perfectly synchronized team will almost always beat a stronger, but less coordinated team.

For more information regarding Cape Town Corporate Games 06-09 June 2013 or the dragon boat practice sessions, please contact Nicole Visser on nicole.visser@corporate-games.com

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Dragon Boat Challenge – Networking on a different platform!

 

Teamwork is everything in Dragon Boat Racing, representing unity, strength, loyalty, honor, spirit, cooperation and determination.

These human-powered watercrafts are long and slender with decorated dragon heads and tails which are navigated by 12-16 rowers to the beat of heavy drums.

The Dragon Boat Challenge will see corporates from all over the Western Cape, contesting in mixed teams for the grand prize of complimentary practice sessions for their company leading up to the Cape Town Corporate Games in June 2013.

During the Complimentary Training Sessions, the crew will be taught the techniques, commands and paddlers tips, ensuring that they are well prepared and synchronized for the race. A perfectly synchronized team will almost always beat a stronger, but less coordinated team.

There will be 3 Dragon Boats in 1 Race to determine if you have got what it takes to represent your company in the winning crew.

The Cape Town Corporate Games organisers are creating a networking opportunity for companies on a different platform. The Dragon Boat Challenge will allow one selected individual from each of the various companies to experience the Games first hand before the Cape Town Corporate Games in June 2013.

Limited space is available so contact the Cape Town Corporate Games Office on capetown@corporate-games.comand you could join in on the race!

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