Okinawa Corporate Games hailed a great success yet again!

 

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After a successful Okinawa Corporate Games in 2015, the Games returned to the beautiful Japanese Island 0nce again over the weekend. The Okinawan edition of the Games was one of the first on the calendar this year, and it has truly reignited the Corporate Games spirit in style. Organisations of all sizes got involved – from those that took part in 2015 returning to the Games, as well as lots of new businesses alike. The number of employees taking part had grown from last year and there were over 180 different organisations represented.  It was superb to see such a wide range of Okinawan, Japanese and International businesses getting involved.  The Games commenced at the impressive Okinawa Convention Centre which is famous for its iconic roof and spacious capacity.

The number of sponsors and partners supporting the event was huge and included internationally recognised organisations such as Toyota, Canon and Fujitsu. Toyota have since released a statement describing their time at the Games: “We think its a magnificent event where you can exchange ideas with other businesses, and the wide age ranges also allow people to exchange ideas with colleagues who they may not usually interact with. We already have some colleagues planning for next years Corporate Games. We would like to thank you for providing this great opportunity to us and wish the Games hosts the best of luck in continuing to build this great fun event to a huge scale.”

The Okinawa Corporate Games featured an impressive programme of 12 sports across the weekend, including: futsal, dodgeball, tenpin bowling and relay marathon some of the most popular.  Open water swimming was a real spectacle to see, as the briefings took place on one of the beautiful beaches of Okinawa. Fortunately, each sport was highly popular and a healthy competitive nature was  felt throughout all of the sporting competitions taking place.  However, the respect between the competitors was unrivalled.  with bows and handshakes before each fixture in addition to bows, handshakes and rounds of applause after every match.

The Games saw one of the largest division 1 categories ever seen, with vast numbers of companies entering smaller teams consisting between 1-5 employees.

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Sample Okinawan beach

Overall, the feedback so far has been incredible and there is a real buzz surrounding the Games in Okinawa which was a completely new type of event for the Island. Okinawa is renowned for its beautiful scenic views and fantastic world-class beaches which made the Games that little bit more special. However, the Games also highlighted the quality sporting venues, spaces and facilities which the Japanese island has to offer.

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AIG were again winners of the Sport For Life Grand award and were highly visible in their bright Blue shirts across the weekend.  Here their Ten Pin Bowlers show their pride and unity in the Games.

The Grand Parade was well attended again for all of the divisions and the famous tennis ball hit out was very popular with two local Mayor’s and the Chief executive of OTS launching the balls into the expectant crowds. Winners received gifts from the famous Japanees sports brand Mizuno who were also one of the sponsors on the event.

 

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The celebrations and parties were incredible too with a host of amazing artists booked to perform for the excited competitors.

Alice and Diamantes were just two of the immensely popular entertainers in attendance.

Congratulations to everyone who took part over the weekend, it was yet another great weekend to bring people together.  It boosted community cohesion, put the Island on the international map and brought people together from all walks of life. Watch this space for news and updates on future Games around the world. If you are looking to get involved in next years Okinawa Corporate Games you can contact the team below and they will be more than happy to help you!

Email: okinawa@corporate-games.com

Telephone: +81-98-859-2580

 

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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
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and please take a look through the Okinawa Corporate Games 2016 Brochure

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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!

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