World Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing Enjoyed by Everyone

Trentham Gardens was the idyllic destination for the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing this weekend (16th September 2017).  After fabulous World Corporate Cup experiences in Triathlon in recent weeks and in Soccer for more than a decade, this time the competition was on the water, following the success of the Europe Corporate Cup at the same destination in 2016!

Crews from across the region and from throughout the UK pitched their gazebos and paddled their hearts out in this event for businesses and organisations of all kinds.

The SuperCentre Celebration registration took place at Cadwaladers Cafe, with many competitors taking the opportunity to sample the warm drinks on offer to counteract the early morning September chill.  All competitors received a Games T-shirt, a souvenir programme, their ID badge as well as a decorative “Weekend Sports Warrior” coaster from Games sponsors Wade Ceramics.

Vibrant SuperCentre at Cadwaladers

Once registered they entered the Gardens and admired the beautiful surroundings before undertaking their racing and safety briefings and getting their buoyancy aids and paddles.

As the racing commenced there were some competitive battles taking place with every encounter.  Each crew would battle it out in 3 x 333m heats to post their fastest time across the 1000m challenge!  However, there were a few showpiece encounters spicing up the proceedings with Stoke-On-Trent City Council and Newcastle Borough Council locking horns as well as Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire Police respectively.

Previous entrants Mitten Clarke were looking fluid in their white strips and the pale blue shirts of Wade Ceramics were looking good too.  Both of these crews were improving with every race.

 Ian Marsden with the Ice White crew from Mitten Clarke

The Walton Centre, Mellors Catering services and Stoke fit looked to be having heaps of fun and there were some incredibly close races across the day.

The Lord and Lady Mayoress had dropped by to support the event which was really appreciated by everyone in attendance and the Chief Executive of the Games Official Charity, David Webster of the Dougie Mac Hospice was also supporting the Cup.

David Webster is seen here presenting one of the impressive hand crafted, Wade Ceramics World Corporate Cup Awards, to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Stoke-On-Trent, in recognition of the City’s support for the Cup as part of the City of Sport Legacy programme.

After some exhilarating racing for everyone involved we moved to establish the top 8 positions with 3 spectacular finals. Some of the races were so close that we needed a photo finish to separate the teams.

The Grand Final was all set up to be a closely contested encounter with the experienced Nottinghamshire Police crew taking on the youthful apprentices from Goodwin PLC and Phil Fortunes fit band of friends from Staffordshire Police.

The Grand final did not disappoint, with all three of the finalists competing for the medals and each of the crews posting their fastest times from the whole day!

The Top 10 placings were as follows but everyone had a wonderful experience.

In the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community we firmly believe that everyone who takes part is a winner and the spirit from the competitors in this event was a joy to behold.

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Local Paralympic Medalists, Ian Marsden and Jenny Booth were on hand to present the worthy winners and runners up with their medals. The winners of the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing  2017 are Nottinghamshire Police, with Goodwin PLC a creditable 2nd and Staffordshire Police proudly taking 3rd place on the podium.

The Corporate Games would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone connected with this great event at Trentham Gardens.  Thank you for your support and hope to see you all involved in the UK Corporate Games Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire 2018 in June.

NB The Main Image was taken by Richard Redshaw LRPS

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.

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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.”

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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!

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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.

2 Superb events coming to Stoke-on-Trent this September

Following the success of the UK Corporate Games 2015 in Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire, the city achieved the status as the capital of UK Sport, and was nominated the European City of Sport for 2016 by ACES. Stoke is a prime example of a city committed to encouraging its citizens to enjoy exercise, improve their health and well-being and create a sense of teamwork in the community. The Corporate Games team is celebrating this fantastic achievement by bringing three major international sporting events to the city, encouraging people of all ages and abilities to get active.

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Medalists at Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer in May

The Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer took place in May and turned out to be a great weekend of football and celebrations with awards and medals presented by the Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent Cllr Anthony Munday.

In September, the Corporate Games team is back in Stoke again, and this time with a dragon boat and netball festival. Both events are open to companies, friends and families from across the UK and Europe.

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Action packed Dragon Boat at Trentham Gardens

The Europe Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing is taking place at the beautiful Trentham Gardens on the 17th of September. This one-day event is open to all and teams can include both men and women, regardless of their age or level of fitness and experience. Registration will be open for all competitors between 08:00 am and 09:00 am at the Trentham Gardens Café. Following this, all teams will compete in at least 3 races in a ‘1000 m challenge’ and successful teams will progress further. The day will be wrapped up with a Closing Awards celebration along with the Netball players, for drinks and some food.

Dragon boat racing is a great team-building and bonding activity, which brings colleagues and friends together in a fun and competitive way. It is all about collaboration, synchronising, effort and putting the team before oneself in order to reach the finish line. Do not miss this opportunity to race at one of the UK’s most picturesque destinations for dragon boat racing, so form your team now and start planning for an unforgettable, beneficial and fun experience!

 

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Netball in Staffordshire during the UK Corporate Games 2015

If you prefer land over water and balls over paddles, maybe the Europe Corporate Cup of Netball is a better match for you! You will get the opportunity to play at one of the country’s biggest and best indoor facilities for netball at Fenton Manor Sport Complex. You and your colleagues, friends or family members can enter a women’s only, or a mixed team in this fun tournament for everyday netball players. Playing a sport with your colleagues brings camaraderie whilst encouraging  healthy competition and boosting morale in the workplace. This too will be held on Saturday the 17th of September, with a similar set-up as the dragon boat racing. Participants register between 08:00am and 09:00am  before playing at least four games throughout the day, depending on their success and results. Once finals have been played, medals will be awarded at the Trentham Gardens, along with the dragon boat racers, and everyone can enjoy drinks and food in beautiful surroundings. It will be a great, fun-filled day with sports on all levels, a great atmosphere and you will create long-lasting memories with colleagues and friends.

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For any more information on how to reserve your team a place, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of the team on:

0044(0) 1733 380 888 or email georgia.kelly@corporate-games.com

The brand new Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer was a hit!

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                                 Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer medallists

The inaugural Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer took place over the weekend, in association with Stoke City Council, Stoke City Football Club and Staffordshire University. The Cup kicked off the start of a brand new series of events in Stoke, which will later see a Europe Corporate Cup of Netball and a Europe Corporate Cup of Dragon boat racing come to the City in September (16th and 17th) . It was a great weekend that showcased some of the best sporting venues and facilities in the region and there were some powerful local organisations that took part from the likes of JCB, Bentley Motors and Michelin Tyres who joined other sporty businesses from across the UK to compete!

Stoke-on-Trent was recently awarded European City of Sport status following the successful staging of the UK Corporate Games in the region in 2015. Since receiving this impressive accolade, Stoke-on-Trent has been extremely proactive in marketing the City as a desirable host location for international, national and local sporting events and we are proud that the brand new series of Europe Corporate Cups have become top quality additions to the extensive European City of Sport programme.

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A selection of the visitors to the Bet 365 Britannia Stadium tour

The weekend kicked off on the Saturday at Staffordshire University, where everybody played their matches on the well-marked pitches at Staffordshire University. We were incredibly lucky with the weather as it was a beautiful day and it set the tone nicely for the rest of the weekend.

 

As well as the sporting competition taking place, on the Saturday evening we invited everyone to come along to the Britannia Stadium where were lucky enough to have an interesting tour of the Stadium, where we were given access to the impressive home and away dressing rooms, the mascot room, interview and media rooms and we were given the best possible views of the stadium and pitch before having a private viewing of the UEFA Champions League Final in the 1863 Lounge. It was a great evening and a hopefully a nice way to relax before the finals kicked off the following day.

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Immaculate Surfaces at the Clayton Wood Training Ground

 

The finals were over at Clayton Wood Training Ground on Sunday morning, which is home to the Stoke City players. The pitches and the whole complex were absolutely fantastic and the staff were extremely accommodating and helpful to us and everyone taking part, as each team was allocated to a changing room.

A series of exciting knockout matches ensued and the pristine surfaces.

The final match of the weekend saw Stoneleigh Architectural Services from Wolverhampton take on Kangs RBS Group from Warwickshire to decide this year Champions. Both teams gave it there absolute all and it was a thrilling final to watch.  Players from the eliminated teams had all been keen to stay to watch this showpiece spectacle and the atmosphere was electric with sizeable numbers crowding around the pitch to watch the action.

Tied at 1-1 at full time, the youthful RBS team took a deserved 3-1 lead in the warm sunshine in the first period of extra time.  However, the more experienced Stoneleigh side kept plugging away and snatched an equaliser with only seconds remaining to make it 3-3.  Penalties ensued but who would come out on top?  Maybe the late comeback had taken something out of RBS.  In the tense shootout Stoneleigh kept their nerve to secure a 4-3 win on penalties!

There was regional glory for Bentley Motors Limited though who managed to beat local rivals Michelin Tyres in a high scoring 3rd place playoff to secure a medal.

The new Lord Mayor Councillor Anthony Munday commented on the great spirit in the Cup as he presented a special City of Stoke On Trent China plate to the Man of the match from Stoneleigh.

 

A huge congratulations to everyone involved, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you soon! We are now more excited than ever to return to Stoke in September with the Europe Corporate Cup of Netball and the Europe Corporate Cup of Dragon boat racing, which will both take place simultaneously in the City, from Friday 16th – Saturday 17th September.

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For any more information on any of our upcoming events, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a member of the team on:

0044(0) 1733 380 888 or email ukadmin@corporate-games.com

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Stoke-on-Trent will host the Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer, Netball and Dragonboat Racing

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The Corporate Cup Team is pleased to confirm that the City of Stoke on Trent has won the rights to stage 3 great Europe Corporate Cups this year in recognition of its status as European City of Sport 2016.

The three Cups are open to everyone regardless of your fitness level, your ability, gender, age or location!

Football, netball and Dragonboat Racing are the three chosen sports.

The programme kicks off with the Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer 27th-29th May which will be staged in partnership with Stoke City Football Club.  This fabulous football festival will give entrants an incredible experience as participants and supporters will get to see everything that this Premier League Football Club has to offer, as well as enjoying competition and celebrations galore in a real value for money weekend.

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On Friday, competing teams will register at the Britannia Stadium in one of the luxurious corporate hospitality suites and enjoy the social side of this great facility whilst meeting their sport coordinators, seeing the schedules and sampling the atmosphere at this great professional ground.

On Saturday morning they will play 6 or 11 –a-side on the impressive surfaces at the recently refurbished Staffordshire University before returning to the Britannia for a Grand Parade of Teams, which will showcase the Club’s pitch, changing rooms and match day facilities.

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Britannia Stadium – Stoke-on-Trent

After this you can take your seat in the lavish Waddington Suite to watch the UEFA Champions League final, enjoying a social drink with your team mates, family and supporters.

Then on Sunday, it is eliminations and finals day with everyone getting the opportunity to sample the terrific facilities and playing surfaces at the Club’s Clayton Wood Training ground.  You will get to play on the pitches where the Premier League pro’s practice their skills on a daily basis and test yourself against your opponents on the slick grass surfaces.

Then it is back to the Britannia to finish off the weekend in style at the Cup Closing Awards Celebration where medals and awards will be presented.

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Click for the Europe Corporate Cup Brochures for Soccer, Netball and Dragonboat Racing.

To reserve your place call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or email cup@europecorporatecup.com

www.europecorporatecup.com

See you at the CUP!

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Three Exciting Europe Corporate Cups are Coming to Stoke in 2016

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After an incredibly successful UK Corporate Games 2015 in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, the City of Stoke was officially recognised as the capital of UK Sport by ACES Europe when it was awarded European City of Sport status for 2016. The City boasts an array of first class sporting facilities with many of these being showcased throughout the Games weekend!

The Corporate Games Team is delighted to expand the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community by staging a series of Europe Corporate Cups in Soccer, Netball & Dragon Boat racing respectively.  The 2016 celebrations will be the trigger for these events but plans are in place to see each event become a fabulous annual action packed occasion.  These events will showcase the very best of sport in Stoke-on-Trent and support activity, well-being and health programmes as well as delivering high quality events and significant investment into the City.

It all Kicks off at the Britannia Stadium!

The programme will commence with the Europe Cup of Soccer 2016 in May, where athletes will compete in an action packed weekend of soccer, including an array of celebrations and opportunities in and around Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium. Players will play matches on some excellent pitches in the City at Staffordshire University for the group stages before transferring to experience the state of the art training facilities at Clayton Wood, where Stoke’s Premier League superstars train on a daily basis.

The Impressive Clayton Wood Training Complex

On Saturday evening entrants will enjoy a Grand parade of Teams at the Britannia inside the impressive stadium, before getting the opportunity to move inside to enjoy the live screening of the Champions League Final in the luxurious Waddington Suite!  Plus on Sunday, the array of soccer awards and medals will be presented at the Stadium during the Closing Awards Celebration.  Categories are available for Men, women and over 30’s in both 6 and 11 a-side.

Action Packed Dragonboat Racing at Trentham Gardens

The beautiful Trentham Gardens hosted a hugely successful Dragon Boat festival during the UK Corporate Games 2015 and we are delighted to be bringing the Europe Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing to the City of Stoke-On-Trent in September from the 16th-17th.  Dragonboat Racing is a very inclusive sport and it will bring fun and friendship to the City.  Crews can be composed of employees, clients, family and friends, so the choice is yours on how you fill your dragonboat!  This weekend in September will be a real festival of sport in Stoke-on-Trent with the Europe Corporate Cup of Netball also taking place in the City.  Fenton Manor Leisure Centre is the venue for this netballing spectacular with multiple indoor courts available all under one roof- the atmosphere is set to be phenomenal.  Both of these events will also enjoy a host of celebrations and social components which will intertwine perfectly with the sporting action and networking business opportunities.  Entrants will enjoy a Grand Parade and the Europe Corporate Cup After Party.

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Happy Netball Medallists on the Podium

This is an exceptionally exciting time for the wonderful City of Stoke-on-Trent as the Europe Corporate Cup series will bring high quality, international events to the City to support Its European City of Sport status.  Get ready as this promises to be an incredible year of fun, action of activity!

For more details view europecorporatecup.com or email cup@europecorporatecup.com

or Call the Cup Headquarters on +44 (0) 1733 380 888

 

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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”.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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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