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.
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.
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.
BAE Systems joins participating organisations from around the UK and the North West for the 19th UK Corporate Games. The global defence company joins thousands of everyday athletes for Europe’s largest corporate multi sport festival, which takes place in the city of Preston in less than 2 months time.
BAE Systems is one of the largest employers in the North-West and a major centre for British defence and its aerospace industry. Although it does have a presence in Preston, its Military Aircraft Headquarters is based in nearby Warton, where its airfield hosts a major assembly and testing facility for BAE Systems Military Air and Information. It also has another sister site within Lancashire, within adjoining Samlesbury.
BAE Systems has many global locations and multi-disciplinary functions worldwide. Its Lancashire sites employ thousands of staff to design and build fixed wing military aircraft and training aircraft, whilst providing training, support and information services for the UK RAF and many other customers worldwide. From sophisticated cyber services and military support, to mission critical electronic systems and protection equipment, BAE Systems aims to be at the forefront of defence technology and science….and now the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community!
We look forward to welcoming the BAE Systems staff at this year’s Games. Good luck to all its competitors!
January is an exciting time – massive sales, the football transfer window briefly opens and closes and offices across the country open for the New Year’s activities. There’s a great amount of anticipation in the air as we all look forward to what 2012 has to offer.
And with the likes of Paul Scholes coming out of retirement to play in the FA Cup 3rd Round against arch-rivals Manchester City and then scoring against Bolton Wanderers in the very next game – this has just exemplified that you are never too old to get back into the Sport you love the most!
2011 has come and gone and both organisations and staff alike are now able to assess what they did (or didn’t do) that greatly increased their bottom line, or how they may have even added a few pounds without realising it!
This time of year is where organisations can re-evaluate their targets, review performances and recognise and reward those that have achieved success.
So one has to ask…how strong is the commitment of the staff in your office? Are your staff loyal to the company and is their loyalty recognised and appreciated? Is the morale in the office one to be envied or could it use a boost?
‘Research carried out in the NHS as part of the Health at Work in the NHS programme, run from 1992 to 2002, showed that action to improve staff health and welfare was most successful where it was high on the management’s list of priorities and where the action taken was integrated with other management action.’ Respondent, NHS Employers.
Our sales team has been meeting with organisations of every size and kind with the view to inviting them to take part in Europe’s largest corporate multisport festival, the UK Corporate Games, which is set to be hosted by the City of Preston on the 12-15 July 2012. Not only is it an Olympic year in the UK but it’s also a Guild Year in the North West and this is a unique opportunity for management teams to step forward and take action to look at improving the health and wellbeing of their staff and ultimately their business as a whole.
The Corporate Games improves staff’s health & wellbeing in numerous ways and here are just a few examples:
The Games offers 22 Sports in which staff of any age or ability can participate in and look to regain or build upon their confidence, loyalty and team spirit.
The Games encourages employees to get fit and active and have fun while doing this in a competitive and social environment.
Staff can meet their colleagues face to face over the weekend and play Sports that help improve communication, team-bonding and relationship-building – all things that can be directly transferred to the workplace after the final whistle has been blown.
The Games is open to all for the benefit of all and even though the blue chip companies such as the likes of IBM, Intel Corporation, KPMG and Ernst & Young have shown that they will support their staff to the ends of the earth, it is worth taking time to mention some of the smaller companies that have either been a part of or recently joined the Worldwide Corporate Games Community and have their sights firmly set on Preston in July.
The likes of Onwards & Upwards, All Nations Badminton Club, Youth Sport Trust, Nene Jag Specialists, RDC, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, GB Energy and Graham Gillett Associates have all shown that the real benefits of participation can be enjoyed by all and that the Games entry fee is really one of the best investments that an organisation will ever make.
To find out more information and also secure your company’s place in the 19th UK Corporate Games Preston 2012 – go to the Official Website – www.corporate-games.com or contact the Games Office at +44 17 33 380 888 or firstname.lastname@example.org