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.

David Ross Sport Village

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…

Europe Corporate Games 2016 is officially launched!

The Official Launch of the Europe Corporate Games – Liverpool 2016 was recently staged at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL). The impending arrival of Europe’s largest multi-sport festival for organisations was celebrated with representatives from a host of different business and sectors invited. Guests included partners, sponsors, competing companies and VIP’s coming together to hear further details on the exciting plans for 2016 and the IFB as well as getting a glimpse of the brand new ECL. The MC for the evening was Louisa Preston from BBC London News

BBC's Louisa Preston at the ECL

 

who introduced the Lord Mayor of Liverpool as the first speaker. The Lord Mayor was really warm in his address and his clear enthusiasm for the Games and pride in the City was evident for everyone to see.

Animated Lord Mayor of Liverpool

The evening was a resounding success and it was captivating to be one of the first to experience the brand new facilities at Liverpool’s newest showpiece destination, the ECL.
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The packed crowd in attendance were also in good spirits! With guests treated to the Europe Corporate Games cocktails specially designed by Centreplate with alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions available.

The evening provided opportunities to meet with Company Team Leaders, Civic representatives as well as the Organising Committee for the Games and a host of local influencers.   The fabulous array of opportunities and corporate benefits were explored detailing how any business of any size or kind is eligible to participate.  Each attendee was encouraged to get involved and build a team together to take part and get fit for business with many guests eager to ask questions and find out more!

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The impressive modern interior of the ECL Atrium

Some Company representatives had previously been involved in 2010 and 2014 but everyone seemed to be looking forward to participating in 2016.  We are now more excited than ever for the Games next year and we are working hard to ensure it will be one to remember!

Get Involved

Join the growing list of organisations of all sizes who have already signed up to next years Games including: Ernst and Young, CSC, Intel, Air Products, Virgin Trains, Lloyds Banking Group,  Centreline Tennis, Towers Watson and many more!

So act fast! As spaces for some popular sports are limited and subject to allocation on a first come first served basis.

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Remember that each entrant confirmed before Christmas will receive a complimentary company-specific branded sports top, to wear during the Games, so you can represent your organisation with pride.

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If you could not attend the Official Launch we are hoping to have a further two meeting sessions in November at our Official Headquarters Hotel in Liverpool, The Richmond. So watch this space for more information coming soon, and hopefully we will be able to meet with any of you who missed the launch at these later dates.

If you have any further questions, we would love to help you, so please see below for more details:

Telephone: 01733 380888

Email: uk@corporate-games.com

…and feel free to take a look through our 2016 brochure.

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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


Okinawa Stages a Special Weekend in a Special Year

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Impressive SuperCentre at the Okinawa Convention Centre

The first weekend of March was a special one for the Games as the inaugural Okinawa Corporate Games was staged on this idyllic Island.

Okinawa is an beautiful place, famed as a tourist destination for many years but now it has now taken it’s place as a centre for sport and business too.  With a rich cultural heritage, terrific venues and magical scenery this destination possesses some fantastic attributes to stage the Games and the quality of venues selected was exemplary.

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The Exciting Great Games Party
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Social Drinks at the Celebration Zone

In addition the hardworking Games Team on the Island ensured that there was something for everyone to enjoy regardless of their age or sporting prowess.

As well as the packed weekend of sport that Games participants have come to expect, Okinawa gave all of the entrants an excellent array of celebrations with the Grand Parade of Athletes, Great Games Party and Closing Awards particular highlights.  These components were brilliantly staged at the purpose built Celebration Zone that was constructed for the weekend in the grounds of the Official Games Headquarters Hotel, the Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort.

 

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Team OTS

Entrants came from across the world to join with local business participants to enjoy the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism.  Companies were represented that had traveled from the UK, Malaysia, Hong-Kong, Singapore, America, Taiwan and many more so, there was a truly international feel to the proceedings which was been really pleasing for the host of local supporters of the Games.

Mr Bill Torch, Team Leader from Lloyds Banking Group brought a group of 19 from the UK to be involved and he was overwhelmed by the welcome they received from the Games Hosts.  Bill sent this message to the Team there; “The Games were a fantastic success and you all should be very, very proud of what you achieved. The Games Party on Saturday and the Awards Presentation on the Sunday were the best we have ever been to. Both were an excellent experience and something we will not forget. On behalf of the team I would like to say that the people of Okinawa are lovely and made us feel very relaxed and very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. Both the hotels, the Vessel and the Hilton were brilliant, but the Hilton was out of this world. I cannot express how much we all enjoyed our time in Okinawa and we all hope to return in future”.

Mr Torch and his team were successful in winning the Division 3 Award and also the Badminton Sports Championship as well as a host of medals.

As always any first place medalist at any Corporate Games automatically gains complimentary entry into the World Corporate Games later in the year.  For those that don’t already know, the destination for that Games will be Mexico City from the 12-15th November,  so Mr Torch and some of his team could be in for a treat in November too…

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World Corporate Games

Juan Manuel Rotter Alday has been responsible for staging almost half a dozen Games in Mexico in recent years but he is really looking forward to seeing the biggest annual multi-sport festival for businesses staged in Mexico City.  This is a bustling City of over 20 Million inhabitants with a rich sporting and business history.  Juan has confirmed that the appetite from Mexican companies to be involved has been stronger than ever but he is is also keen to  encourage International visitors from around the World to join with the locals in the Games this year.  He said, ” We have an array of excellent packages available that are outstanding value and we want to ensure that every visitor will enjoy one of the best experiences of their lives.  We are so proud to have the opportunity to stage the World Corporate Games and we are already working hard to ensure it is the best that it can be – we really hope that you can join us in November”

These are just two of the Games on the varied calendar for 2015 so whether you fancy Stoke and Staffordshire or South Africa, Tokyo or Turkey, Annecy or any of the 3 great Games in Australia – or even one of our other exciting Corporate Cup’s and Games we are determined to ensure that you have the best time possible.  Plus watch this space and monitor the website for exciting new Games opportunities and announcements of projects coming to a City near you.

So, well done to the Team in Okinawa and Good luck to you and your organisation for you plans with the Worldwide Corporate Games Community this year -wherever this may take you!

Open to all for the benefit of all…