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


The UK Corporate Games Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire 2015 hailed a HUGE success!

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Here at the World Headquarters of the Corporate Games we hope you have all truly recovered from the packed Games weekend. We also hope that you are continuing to incorporate sport into your active and busy lifestyles. Now that the UK Corporate Games – Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire 2015 is over, we are able to look back on the weekend….

The results are in, the awards engraved, hundreds of Games pictures snapped, the video has been made and the feedback has been collected!

It is clear to see that the Games weekend was a resounding success, as business’ from across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire seized the opportunity to showcase their facilities and promote their businesses-hopefully you enjoyed what you found there. What is more the Games was instrumental in helping Stoke secure European City of Sport Status for 2016 which is a great reward for the people of the area.

John Swanson, Vice President of ACES Europe and leader of the delegation said

“Our visit took place during the hosting of the UK Corporate Games and it was truly fantastic to see happy people all over the city competing in a huge range of activities from netball to Dragon boat racing and events such as these are great for encouraging participation, showcasing the city and bringing enormous financial benefits.

 We are sure that Stoke on Trent will be a great European city of Sport and we look forward to their celebrations”

Thank you to everyone that participated though this year and thanks also to the hundreds of people that took the time to share their views and feedback on the Games as we are consistently striving to make improvements for you. With over 90% of entrants either extremely satisfied or satisfied and almost everyone suggesting that their morale improved we were really pleased with the outcome and thankful as always that we enjoyed some good weather !  Click here to see our Feedback infographic.

We genuinely hope that you all had a great time and enjoyed yourselves and hopefully made some new friends as well as taking some long-lasting memories with you.

If you want to re-live the Games, please take a look at our 2015 Compilation Video or take a look through our official photographer’s pictures from the weekend, there are some great shots taken throughout weekend as well as covering the Grand Parade and the Great Games Party in particular.  Stoke City Council also had a photographer involved and you can see their impressive images here.

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It was a special weekend and thank you to all of the partners, sponsors, supporters and officials and of course everyone of you that was involved.  Together we are a fabulous team!

 

What’s next?

The World Headquarters are currently making plans for the Europe Corporate Games which will be hosted by the City of Liverpool in 2016, as part of the International Festival for Business. So we would be delighted if you would add us to your diary for the 23rd-26th of June next year.  Further details of our Launch, and the 2015 Closing Awards celebration will be released shortly.

Thanks again for being a part of this years success and hope to see you next year if not before…

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Great Team Leader Orientation Day in Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire

Selected Team Leaders at TLO

Press Release – Team Leader Day

Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses, the UK Corporate Games is coming to Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire from the 25-28th June.  This week saw preparations intensify as the Games team staged the Team Leader Orientation Day.

The Team Leader Orientation Day gave committed company Team Leaders from the likes of IBM, Virgin Trains, C2HMHILL, CSC, Lloyds Banking Group and a host of others the opportunity to get their first glimpse of the venues that will be hosting the Games in June.

Team Leaders from Preston, Blackpool, Leeds, London, Swindon and throughout the UK were joined by local business men and women from Staffordshire who were keen to see the venues and to learn a little more about what the Games can do for their business.

The journey began at Alton Towers Resort with a fabulous lunch in the impressive Conferencing facilities at the Alton Towers Hotel followed by a brief Games presentation.

Games Presentation at TLO

Packed Games Presentation at the Alton Towers Hotel

The guests then boarded a luxury Walton’s coach to see the array of impressive venues for sport and celebrations that Stoke and Staffordshire had to offer for this year’s Games.  Some visitors and locals alike were surprised by what was available in the region and everybody was seemingly impressed by the great indoor capacity at Fenton Manor and St. Peters College, the incredible investment and regeneration that has taken place at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, the picturesque beauty of Trentham Gardens, the extensive facilities at Keele University and the great location of the SuperCentre at the Staffs University SportsCentre and Student complex.

Fenton Manor & St. Peters College

A Host of Great Venues were Viewed in Preparation for the Games

It was a real whistle stop tour before the coach headed back to Alton Towers for the evening entertainment.

Once inside the Corporate Games guests were treated to a heart-stopping experience as they enjoyed exclusive use of the roller-coaster Oblivion before making their way to the Sea Life Centre for Champagne and delicious Canape’s.

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Heart-Stopping Excitement on the Exclusive Oblivion Ride

Oblivion

 

Bill Torch, the Team Leader from Lloyd’s Banking Group said “Just a quick note to say many thanks for a wonderful day. The facilities look really fantastic and I’m sure the Games will be superb. The ride on Oblivion was brilliant and the lunch and end of day Canape’s at Alton Towers were exceptional”.

Games Director Ben Sedgemore commented “ We have all had a fabulous day and I know we have surprised a lot of people with the quality of what is available in this region.  The facilities are superb and in Alton Towers there is a really unique environment.  People are familiar with the Park’s outstanding reputation as one of the prime entertainment parks in the world but in addition to this people may not realise that they have one of the best hospitality and conferencing programmes that we have seen.  We would be happy to recommend it to anyone based upon our experience”.

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A Fabulous End to a Wonderful Day!

Alton Towers was successful in being awarded the UK Corporate Games Closing Awards celebration so guests at that should be in for a treat too.

The Games is open to you regardless of the size of the Organisation that you would be keen to represent and there is something for everyone in the packed 23 sport, business and celebratory programme

Companies have up to 3 June to register and can do so at www.corporate-games.com or by calling 01733 380888 for more details.

 

Ends

 

Notes to editor

 

Ernst and Young will be entering their 20th consecutive Games with 200 entrants and Towers Watson will celebrate 10 consecutive years with 150 entrants.  Virgin Trains are set to field over 100 entrants and Vodafone and CSC over 300 entrants each but small teams and 1 person enterprises are equally welcomed.

 

Each individual person can only enter one sport but a company can be represented in any sport that they wish with any number of teams or entrants e.g. a company could enter 1 person in one sport or hundreds of people across all sports.

 

Some of the Participating Companies

Intel, Swindon,

Allianze, Surrey,

Tower Watson, Birmingham

CH2M Hill, Swindon

Ernst & Young, London

Lloyds Banking Leeds

Air Products, Surrey

Grant Thornton, London

QVC, Merseyside

Parson Brinkerhoff

Axa, Basingstoke,

CSC, Kent,

HSBC London,

Mersey Care, Mersey

Places for People Preston,

RDC, Essex,

Vodafone, Berkshire,

SC Harris, London

IAC, Birmingham,

RAF Hockey, Lincoln,

Denplan, Hampshire

Resdev, Yorkshire,

Asda, Leeds.

Bank of New York Mellon, Manchester

Virgin Train, Birmingham

Brose, Coventry

IBM, London

PPI Insurance, Swindon

Arup Liverpool/London

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

100 Days to Go until UK Corporate Games 2015

CoverStaffordshire businesses urged to sign up for UK Corporate Games as “100 Days to Go” marker arrives!

Staffordshire companies are being invited to sign up for this year’s UK Corporate Games being held in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire between 25 and 28 June.

Over 3,000 athletes from over 50 top UK companies have already signed up for the Games and now organisers are keen to see Staffordshire companies getting involved.  Monday will see the 100 day’s to go marker arrive so the Games is now well and truly on the horizon.

Vodafone, Johnsons Health Tec, Environmental Essentials, and Staffordshire Police are amongst the county’s organisations already signed up.

The Games are Europe’s largest multi-sport festival for business and while showcasing the regions investment potential are expected to generate over £2.5 million for the local economy.

Competitors will battle it out in 22 sports, including hockey, cricket, football, netball, volleyball, and dragon boat racing and many more, so there should be something on the programme for everyone.  Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Newcastle College and Trentham Gardens.

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Terrific Venues Secured in the Region

With the Games on the horizon now in just 100 days, a number of supporters have given their thoughts and encouraged the un-decided out there to get involved to sample the array of exciting opportunities on offer.

Cllr Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economy at Staffordshire County Council said:

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming thousands of people from top UK companies, but we’re also keen to see local companies getting involved too.  The Games are designed to help build team spirit and boost productivity as well as giving organisations the chance to promote their business.Hosting the games will be great for the county and give us the perfect opportunity to show off what the area has to offer, as well as providing a welcome boost to our tourism sector.”

Councillor Adrian Knapper, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s exciting to see so many companies signing up for these games and I’m sure there’s still many more to come.  We’re very proud to be hosting these Games which will see thousands of people not only competing in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, but staying here, supporting the local economy and seeing everything we have to offer.”

Chief Inspector Phil Fortun at Staffordshire Police and teamleader for the Games said:  “We are delighted to be organising a team from Staffordshire Police to take part in the 2015 UK Corporate Games.  Whilst team members will be competing in their own time, this is an excellent opportunity  for Staffordshire Police and the force Sports Association to engage with local businesses, host venues and organisations and showcase some of the outstanding things Staffordshire has to offer.  I would encourage other local businesses and organisations to sign up for the Games as it promises to be an unforgettable weekend for all involved.”

Games Director Ben Sedgemore said: “We are really looking forward to staging the Games in the wonderful facilities in the area. Large numbers of major organisations from across the Country will be coming and we now want as many local organisations as possible to join them regardless of the size of the company.  Everyone is welcomed to the Games, everyone is treated equally regardless of their sporting ability and everyone will have a wonderful experience.”

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Gordon Banks with Games Supporters in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire

Gordon Banks is a Patron for the Games and he had a similar message; “The 2015 Corporate Games will attract thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK’s biggest companies to Stoke-on-Trent,  Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire in June. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the region’s economic opportunities but also our fantastic sporting facilities.

“We can be truly proud of venues like Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens. With 100 days to go, we need everyone to get behind the Games and make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity”

Companies interested in taking part can find out more at a special Team Leader Orientation afternoon on Wednesday 25 March where they can meet the organisers, talk to other Team Leaders  and tour some of the venues.  A further presentation at Newcastle-under-Lyme College on 26th March at 8am is also being organised for prospective companies.

Companies have up to 3 June to register and can do so at www.corporate-games.com or by calling 01733 380888 for more details.

 

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!

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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