Corporate Cup Programme Hailed as Great Success in Stoke

 

The Europe Corporate Cup programme came to a spectacular conclusion on Saturday with visitors from far and wide heralding the events as a wonderful success. The players played, the paddlers paddled and the sun shone brightly on all of the friends, families and supporters throughout the day!

With the City of Stoke on Trent celebrating its status as European City of Sport 2016, competitors came from far and wide to participate in the Europe Corporate Cup’s of Netball and Dragonboat Racing.

The Dragonboat Racing honours were won exclusively by teams from outside of the County with National Grid taking First place, QVC from Merseyside taking second and UClan from Preston securing 3rd.  That said the Pirates from Portmeirion and Team Open also won a few hearts!

happy-dgr-medalistsTeams registered at the impressive Cadwaladers Cafe in Trentham Gardens on Saturday morning before making their way to the beautiful Trentham Lake for the Dragonboat Racing or the expansive Fenton Manor for the netball.
img_0465 Councillor Terry Follows, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at the city council, said: “We’re very pleased the organisers have decided to bring these events to our city. The Corporate Games last year were a huge success and left people in no doubt not only of our ability to stage high-profile events, but also the quality of sporting facilities we have to offer. This is another example of how being the UK’s European City of Sport is raising our profile and helping us to attract events like these, which might not have come here in the past. The influx of visitors which these events will bring gives a welcome boost to our local tourism sector”.  Actions speak louder than words though, with Cllr Follows actually participating in the event, proudly banging the Dragonboat Drum for the City with his colleagues.  The Lord Mayor Cllr Anthony Munday also showed that he was also up for the challenge by paddling away with Angela Smith and other members of the Council team.

cllr-on-board

Cllr Follows beats the drum for the City of Stoke on Trent

The Europe Corporate Cup of Netball saw local teams perform even better with the City Council securing a deserved 2nd place over a strong Ernst and Young team from London who finished 3rd.  However, Staffordshire Police were again the queens of the Courts as they won all seven of their pool and elimination games which saw them crowned worthy champions.  Victoria Pritchard of England Netball was involved in the delivery of the event and she said “It was terrific to work with the Corporate Games team and the City of Stoke for this inaugural event.  The spirit and camaraderie on the day was exemplary and the standard of facilities at Fenton Manor was excellent.  We would encourage teams of all abilities to consider getting involved next year as we know you won’t regret it.”

netball-pres

Smiling Faces at Fenton Manor

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said, “we would like to thank everyone who assisted and participated in the Europe Corporate Cup programme this year.  We are fortunate to stage Games and Cups in great Cities all around the world but we are proud to say that Stoke On Trent is one of our favourite destinations.  The local leaders are pushing hard to put this great City onto the international sporting map as well as creating a lasting sporting legacy for the City.  We support everything they are trying to achieve and everyone in the area should be proud of the aspirations that the City has.  We are already looking forward to next year and everyone can be involved again!

Please click here to take our post Cup feedback survey.

Click here for some of the great photos from the day.

Also, to celebrate the 2016 Europe Corporate Cup taking place in Stoke-on-Trent’s ‘European City of Sport’ year, Hanley-based social enterprise Cox Bank Publishing is collecting stories about the netball and dragon boat competitions – written by you! They are looking for short stories which capture your memories of the day, your training mishaps or adventures, what inspired you to enter – anything and everything that captures the spirit of the Cup’s.  We’d love to hear your voice through your words and pictures (photos capturing your day are very welcome). A 20 word poem is fine, or anything up to a 2,000 word story – it’s up to you. As many contributions as possible will be published on Cox Bank Publishing’s website and the best ones will have a chance of being published in a book later this year, celebrating Stoke-on-Trent’s sporting year.  Note that by “best” we mean funny, sad, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable, or just plain entertaining – your words, about your experience. See www.sportingstories.com for more information. Please email your stories to Loretta.Grout@corporate-games.com.

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.

Banner

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…

UK Corporate Games secure final Venue to conclude the Games

alton-towersThe Corporate Games World Headquarters is delighted to confirm that the final venue for the staging of the UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2015 has been secured.

After months of deliberation on the perfect place to stage the Games Closing Awards Celebration the Games Organisers have now confirmed that Alton Towers will be the spectacular destination for the last component of the Games.

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said “we have been overwhelmed by the quality of facilities that are available in the region from the vast indoor space at Fenton Manor to the impressive sporting surfaces at Keele, from the state of the art complex at Newcastle College to the beauty of Trentham Gardens, the area seems to have the lot.  This made us even more determined to see the Games Closing Awards presented in real style and we are delighted to have secured one of the genuine jewels of the region in Alton towers.

Ellie Jones, Business Development Manager at Alton Towers said, ‘The Alton Towers Resort is delighted to be supporting the UK Corporate Games as Platinum Champion this summer.  As sponsors and hosts of the Games’ Team Leader Day in March and Awards Ceremony in September, Alton Towers is proud to be involved in an event that supports bringing business people together in a fun, interactive and engaging way.

Much of what the Games stands for in terms of promoting team building, enhancing staff morale and employee engagement is largely reflected in the corporate events offering that the Alton Towers Resort provides.  Where else can you exclusively hire rollercoasters for team building events and wine and dine in the depths of an aquarium?  By bringing the Games to Staffordshire in 2015, it will be a great way for participants to experience the diverse range of venues, open spaces and attractions that Staffordshire has to offer.’

Large numbers of major organisations will be flocking to attend the Games which will be staged at venues across the region from the 25th – 28th June.  Local teams like Vodafone, Alton Towers and Bet 365 will be getting active and challenging representatives of major household names from across the Country like EY, Lloyds Banking Group and Intel.  Doug White Global Partnerships Director for the Games said “we have been thrilled by the appetite of our great supporting companies 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 UK.  The location has proven to be as popular as we had hoped and visitors have already commented on the great array of facilities and their close proximity to each other which really helps.”

Great Sponsors and Partners Unveiled

On the sponsorship front, 3 time Platinum sponsors and Medallist Award winners CSC have confirmed their desire to become Headline Sponsors again.  CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) is aiming to bring a team of 300 participants and is hoping to see the organisation represented in every sport on the 22 sport programme this year.   Mark Eland, CSC’s Board Sponsor for the Corporate Games commented, “last year’s annual Corporate Games proved to be a fantastic and brilliantly organised event for all that took part, and an event that CSC is especially proud to be associated with. For us it’s a great opportunity to get employees from right across the UK together for a fun weekend of team building and competitive sport, together with family and friends in support. We consistently receive very positive feedback from those who take part and the number of participants wanting to return each year is a testament to its value as a motivational, exciting and rewarding event for all. We very much look forward to taking part next time.”

Corporate Games Parade down Friargate in Preston
Asda & CSC at the Grand Parade of Athletes 2012

The Games already has a host of great partners in Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-On-Trent City Council, Keele University, Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire University, St Peters College and Newcastle College.  The Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce will also be supporting from a local business perspective.  The Media angles look covered too with the Sentinel named as the Official Media partner, taking their place alongside Rydal Communications and Mocha Film Productions all getting involved in the Corporate Games spirit.

Medal Winners at the Corporate Games in Liverpool this Year
Medal Winners at the Corporate Games in Liverpool this Year

Don’t Miss Out

So, don’t delay contact the Games team today on 0044 (0) 1733 380 888, email UK@corporate-games.com, visit our website and download your brochure here.

Remember, the Games is open to every size and kind of organisation so you don’t have to be a big business to get involved.  We are all looking forward to seeing you in June!

ENDS

About the UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2015

The UK Corporate Games provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance company togetherness and is an expression in real terms of many themes of corporate and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness. It is also legendary for its off-field parties, parades, prizes and celebrations. Competition is inclusive and accessible to all, with institutions, businesses, national and multinational companies, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter. Teams may include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends. There are no qualifying standards. The UK Corporate Games is open to everyone.

For more information about the UK Corporate Games view www.corporate-games.com or

Please contact Doug White doug.white@corporate-games.com  44 (0)1733 380 888

UK Corporate Games Makes Flying Start

Flying StartThe Corporate Games World Headquarters is delighted to confirm that the UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2015  is already on track to be one of the biggest UK Corporate Games of the decade.

After great Games experiences for thousands of organisations in recent years and the enjoyable Launch in early October, the next Games in the UK is set to be a huge success, creating unrivalled opportunities for everyone involved.

Across the UK, large numbers of major organisations have already secured their places, with sizeable teams already confirmed from the likes of  Vodafone, EY, Towers Watson, Lloyds Banking Group, Intel and Places for People, to name just a selection of the high-profile companies. Equally, hosts of local entities are also getting excited about what the Games will bring to Their region.

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director  said “we have been thrilled by the appetite of our great supporting company’s to be involved next year and we see this as a resounding endorsement of the continued impact that the Corporate Games is having for businesses around the UK.  The location  has proven to be as popular as we had hoped and visitors have already commented on the great array of facilities and their close proximity to each other which really helps.”

Great Sponsors and Partners Unveiled

On the sponsorship front, 3 time Platinum sponsors and Medallist Award winners CSC have confirmed their desire to become Headline Sponsors again.  CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) is aiming to bring a team of 300 participants and is hoping 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 entrants in Liverpool in 2010, so to be bringing such a big team in 2015 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

The Games already has a host of great partners in Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-On-Trent City Council, Keele University, Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire University and Newcastle College.  The Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce will also be supporting from a local business perspective.

Furthermore,  SportsJam, providers of terrific sport and teamwear to suit any budget have been unveiled as the Official Kit provider’s for the 3rd  Year running.

The Media angles look covered too with the Sentinel named as the Official Media partner in recent days, taking their place alongside Rydal Communications and Mocha Film Productions all getting involved in the Corporate Games spirit.

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 5th year in a row to provide top quality branding to suit any company budget.

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 UK@corporate-games.com, visit our website and download your brochure here.

Can’t wait to see you all in June!

 

Platinum Sponsors Decathlon to Kit out 100 staff for UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013

Logo decathlon

 

 

 

“Sport for All. All for Sport.”

Decathlon, dubbed the world’s largest sports retailer, is throwing down the gauntlet as the newest Platinum Champion for the UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013.

The industry giants, who employ more than 40,000 staff across a staggering 18 countries and some 540+ stores, are joining in the celebration of sport for the everyday athlete with 100 staff entries into the Games, due to take place in Coventry later this July.

Headquartered in Villeneuve D’Ascq, France, the company was founded in 1976 and quickly grew over a short space of time, spreading into Europe, making its debut appearance into the UK in the year 2000 and going on to challenge new markets in South America, Russia and Asia.

With its specialism in sporting goods, its growing popularity is earned through the stock and supply of over 30,000 different products across 70+ unique sports – as well as the recognition of over 130 global brands both in-store and online.

As a multi-platform sports equipment and clothing provider, Decathlon is undoubtedly a fantastic addition to our list of Games Champions.  Rival teams are anxious to see what the Decathlon team will be entering this July, where 100 lucky staff will get the opportunity to represent Decathlon at the Corporate Games across a variety of different sports.

Decathlon Staff Coventry
Staff at Decathlon in Coventry get ready, set, go for success at the UK Corporate Games

Doug White, National Sales Manager for the Games commented:

“Decathlon is a perfect match for the Corporate Games, as it represents the broadest selection of sporting disciplines, offering precision equipment and clothing for both the elite and the amateur athlete alike.  We are excited to see what the Decathlon team will bring to the table at this July’s event – we know several of our teams are eagerly anticipating some good solid competition from the sports retail giants.”

Learn more about Decathlon

Visit the Decathlon Website and Online Shop

www.corporate-games.com

 

 

 

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!

Enhanced by Zemanta

Inaugural Europe Corporate Cup of Tennis is all set to be a smash!

Following hot on the heals of the ever popular World Corporate Cup of Soccer.  The eagerly anticipated Europe Corporate Cup of Tennis is now on the Horizon and if it is anything like the Soccer version of this spectacular competition it is set to be hugely popular.

The Tennis version of this great event will be taking place in beautiful resort of Antalya in Turkey.

The facilities on offer at the Alibey  Park Club Manargat are simply superb, with an unbelievable 62 courts available it is the world’s largest Tennis resort.  The Hotel on site has an array of outstanding accommodation and great leisure facilities too to help you relax after a hard day’s tennis.

The tennis fesival will take place between the 1st and the 4th of November.  Participants will undoubtedly enjoy an astounding Tennis experience and some great weather but the organisers will also be serving up some truly impressive celebrations too, like the SuperCentre Celebration on Thursday the 1st between 1900 and 2100, the Corporate Cup Celebration Party and Dinner on Saturday the 3rd and the Closing Awards Celebration on Sunday the 4th.

Players of all different standards will be participating in this event so if Tennis is your Game, get on the plane!

Click here to download your brochure and your entry form

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

High expectations for Cape Town Corporate Games 2013

3rd SA “The Official License Holders for Corporate Games South Africa” is busy at full force preparing for the 2013 Corporate Games, and the second time around will be even bigger and better!

Cape Town has once again been chosen as the Host City for this prestigious multi-sports festival and various locations are being considered for Cape Town Corporate Games 2013. Venue selections will be made to ensure that the participants experience the whole of Cape Town and its beautiful surroundings.Athletes from all over South Africa will be gearing up for the multi-sports festival which was a great success this year.

Next year’s festival will feature 15 sports, including Action Cricket, Soccer 5’s, Dragon Boating, Golf, Karting, Lawn Bowls, Netball and Running – to name a few. 3rd SA have also decided to include Mountain biking and Tag Rugby for the 2013 Games which is sure to be a popular selection amongst Athletes.

Over the 3-4 days that the Cape Town Corporate Games will be held, participants will enjoy competing with friends and foes, as well as experience the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism.

Organisations which participated in this year’s Games are already preparing and strengthening their teams for next year.  The Corporate Games received a tremendous welcome in Cape Town, and the response has been extraordinary.

Many participants and sponsors have given feedback and this is what they had to say:

Bongani Moyo from the PEP Central Office
“New bursts of energy and friendships have been ignited by taking part in the Corporate Games as the PEP Cape Town Team. To have your family and colleagues shout your name in encouragement is fantastic . We had a great, successful and enjoyable experience. It was such a great way to build spirit and to be proudly PEP. Thank you to everyone involved off and on the field of play. Let’s do it again in 2013.”

D. Bolton, Human Resource Generalist at Cape Union Mart Head Office
“Very well organised, very professional and knowledgeable staff. I can’t wait for next year.”

Lauren Peters from Spur Corporation Brand Activation Manager
“Spur Corporation is proud to be a sponsor of the first Cape Town Corporate Games. The event was enjoyed by all, not only our team participants but also by the spectators, and although our golfers did not win any trophies our dragon boat team managed to come out tops in their category. Thank you to “3rd South Africa” for bringing this event to Cape Town and executing it in such a professional manner.”

The expectation for next year is very high and the Cape Town team is confident that they will be exceeding them. This will undoubtedly be the event of the year and everyone is excited to see what the 2013 Corporate Games will bring.

 

Bermuda Corporate Games Sport Program Launch

The Bermuda Corporate Games Official Sport Program has been announced!

After careful consideration and consultation with Bermuda’s Sporting Federations and Associations, the inaugural Bermuda Corporate Games is proud to present its final sports program for its October 2012 event.

Brought to the island by The Whitfield Group Ltd, sole licence holders for the Games in the Atlantic region with support from the Bermuda Department of Tourism, the Bermuda Corporate Games is the first event of its kind to take place along the East Coast and will be hosted between 25 – 28 October 2012.

Nestled between the PGA Grand Slam and the 25th Anniversary of the Bermuda Rugby Classic, the Games estimate between 2,000 – 3,000 local and international athletes who will compete in a mixture of sports for team-building, fun and fitness, whilst scoring points and winning medals along the way.

The Games are open to anyone and everyone, with no barriers to participation.  Teams of every size and kind are welcome to take part in the sporting celebration, with no restriction on age or ability.  This is your chance to get involved and Get Fit for Business!

The confirmed sports are as follows:

Craig Brown, Sport Director for the Bermuda Corporate Games confirmed the Games as an ‘unmissable event on the Bermudian calendar.’

“The team building benefits just cannot be underestimated.  From my experience working with Bermuda’s national sporting teams, it is tough to replicate the camaraderie and team spirit that you experience in team sport when you move into an office environment.  However, I am a firm believer that these Games are the perfect vehicle to promote these values.  The Games will give local and overseas companies the chance to enhance team-building and most importantly to have fun doing it!”

Brown continues:

“The programme has been selected very carefully to offer a wide selection of opportunities to those living on the island, as well as those who may travel from the East Coast, neighbouring islands and further afield.  Every sport encourages both male and female participation – and many of our sports encourage participation in Open, 30+, 40+ and 50+ categories.”

The Games will be proudly hosted at a selection of the best venues that the Island has to offer, where it hopes to welcome thousands of competitors as they enter the largest event of its kind in the Atlantic region.

“We are working with the Bermuda Department of Tourism to ensure that our events are located in as centralised an area as possible.” Brown continues, “This creates a great atmosphere and makes it easy for athletes to get to their sports and also to support their teammates.”

The Bermuda Corporate Games is expected to attract teams from multi-national corporations both island-based and overseas, along with small to medium-sized companies, schools, colleges, clubs, associations and the local community.

The Games will also showcase a number of social events across the sporting weekend, with a Grand Parade of Athletes and Street Fest down Front Street in Hamilton and beach barbecues, to feature our island shores – a truly Bermudian welcome.

Expected to generate over $2.5 million for the local economy, it is a chance to showcase the island and its outstanding facilities as a great place to play sport, socialise and to do business.  It has also received strong support from Bermuda’s civic patrons and sporting veterans, promoting economic investment and business opportunities onto the Island.

Gemma Godfrey, COO for the Bermuda Games, is delighted with the response so far:

“It has been a pleasure to assist with the launch of these inaugural Games.  There was some initial surprise back at World Headquarters in the UK when we heard the first Atlantic Corporate Games were to be hosted in Bermuda.  I think it was everyone’s assumption that the Games would go to a larger city like New York!

However, since arriving on the island, we have been overwhelmed with the abundance of potential venues and the exemplary standard of sporting infrastructure for our event.   We have approached all the sports federations for their support, whom have been excellent and enthusiastic ambassadors for their respective sports – the preference being to recruit locally to make this a true celebration of Bermudian sport.

The welcome we have received has been terrific and we are confident that participants will return to their offices with weary limbs, big smiles and great memories, not to mention some new friends along the way!”

Are you ready for the Games?

Join over 150 companies and over 2,500 amateur sporting hopefuls as Bermuda celebrates a sporting year to remember.  There are 18 sports and an additional 3 profile sports to choose from and medals to be won in every event.

This is your chance to dust off your running shoes, re-string your tennis racquets and limber up for what promises to be a weekend to remember!  Join us for ‘Handshakes and High-Fives’ in Bermuda October 25 – 28, 2012.

The Bermuda Corporate Games  – Get Fit for Business!

+441 232 9999
play@bermudacorporategames.com
www.bermudacorporategames.com