Smiles and Celebrations at the UK Corporate Games 2011 Closing Awards

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CSCThe Games Headquarters would like to offer their sincere congratulations to all our Award Winners for their outstanding efforts at this year’s UK Corporate Games Loughborough 2011.

Last week saw representatives from the winning organisations of the 2011 Games come together for an exceptional event at the prestigious Gherkin building in London.

Hosted by CSC, Platinum sponsor for the 2011 and 2012 UK Corporate Games, the guests relived their successes and team achievements over drinks and canapés. The Celebrations were followed by a formal podium presentation, where the winning organisations’ achievements were fully recognised.

Caroline Whalley-Hunter, Finance Director for CSC joined Corporate Games Life Members, Rose D’Costa MBE and Peter D’Costa MBE, in presenting the Corporate Awards to each organisation.

Caroline described the Games as “the best investment of its kind, offering limitless opportunities to organisations for team building, improving fitness in the workplace, widening employer engagement whilst also providing exposure to new clients” which, is what she calls “real value for money.”Winners on the podium once again at the UK Corporate Games 2011 Closing Awards.

Representatives from a host of organisations like Vodafone, Accenture, Onwards & Upwards, Ernst & Young, IBM, Intel, East Midlands Airport, Asda, Fujitsu, Towers Watson, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, RWE NPower, Nationwide, John Lewis Partnership, Sparta and Paul Lewis Haulage were recognised – each one proud of their team’s successes.

It comes as no surprise that these companies have already started to prepare for next year’s event.

With the UK Corporate Games landing in Preston for the Olympic year – the room was alive with talk of next year’s teams, including competitive yet friendly banter between organisations.

Wendy Gannaway, Managing Director of Onwards & Upwards, urges other companies to join in and sign up for the Games in Preston for 2012:

“No matter which who you are or what you do, the Games has a sport for you. It is an incredible event that guarantees a fantastic sports experience and an opportunity for you to really let your hair down and enjoy yourself. You’ll meet some fantastic people across the weekend from all walks of life, all over the UK. Win, lose or draw, my team are always buzzing after the Games weekend – it is the talk of the office on Monday morning!”

Our sincere congratulations go to all our Award winners for 2011 – and we look forward to seeing the teams again in 2012 to defend their titles!

Click here for the full Games Results

Click here for more information on the UK Corporate Games Preston 2012

 

CLOSING AWARDS TO TAKE PLACE AT LONDON GHERKIN

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Arguably one of the most iconic buildings in London, 30 St Mary Axe a.k.a. the Gherkin, will host this year’s Closing Awards Celebration for the UK Corporate Games Loughborough 2011.

The event is being kindly hosted by CSC, Platinum Champions for the 2011 and 2012 UK Corporate Games who also took part in this year’s Games.

Over 40 companies and sponsors will be attending the Celebration, with Team Leaders and Senior Management receiving awards on behalf of the winning organisations.

“This year the annual UK Corporate Games was held at the great sporting university that is Loughborough. Accenture increased the number of athletes attending by more than 50% on 2010’s effort in taking 100 athletes participating in a range of sports including Football, Badminton, Hockey, Netball, Karting, Tennis Rugby and many more.

With such an impressive number of athletes confidence was high that we would be walking away with medals from several of the events. Despite the heavens opening and a downpour ensuing on the Saturday, athletes overcame and persevered for that dream medal. It was an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience for all athletes, both those participating in their first Games and those who are annual participants.”

David O’Brien, Team Leader from Accenture

The event will take place on Thursday 27 October 2011.
A welcome Drinks Reception will commence at 1930h in the Customer Briefing Suite.
The Awards Celebration will begin promptly at 20:00.

If you have received an invitation via post, please respond no later than 20 October to Loretta
44(0)1733 380 888    loretta.grout@corporate-games.com

CONGRATULATIONS ATHLETES!

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A massive congratulations from everyone at the Games Office to all Athletes who have competed in the 18th UK Corporate Games Loughborough 2011.

It was great to see so many of you competing and enjoying the spirit of the Games across the weekend, despite the weather!

It has been a pleasure to bring this major event to the region. The welcome we have received has been terrific and we know that people will be returning to their offices this week with weary limbs, big smiles and great memories. You have been outstanding supporters of the Games and your commitment has helped to make the UK Corporate Games a truly unforgettable experience for all involved.

All the pictures are now available and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

We would also love to hear any feedback you have for us. Please take a minute or so to complete the Feedback Questionnaire which you can access from the link below.

We will be in touch soon with more details for the Closing Awards.

We look forward to seeing you at the UK Corporate Games Preston 2012!

The Corporate Games Team

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   Results Booklet                                                                 Games Photos

Take a look at our results booklet                                 See if you can spot yourself in
which covers every sport throughout the                  the photos taken over the
UK Corporate Games – Loughborough 2011                4 days at the Games.

Live Entertainment at the Games Party

Don’t forget, you can get more information on our appropriately themed ‘L’ Party by viewing our Games Party Booking Page

A Tough Act to Follow – at the Corporate Games Party

This year’s Great Games Party promises to be spectacular…but what is a party without great entertainment!
And with the Party venue only a stone’s throw away on the University Campus…there really is no better place to be!
Wow…have we got some great acts for you this year!  Scroll down to read more…

HEADLINING IN ROOM 1…

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A quality live, indie, rock & pop band featuring well-known artists such as the Kings of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, The Clash, Razorlight, The Killers, Primal Scream, Rolling Stones, Blink 182, Feeder, McFly and the Stereophonics to name a few! The band have supported for the likes of Alphabeat and The Hoosiers…not just your normal covers band, their up-tempo, considered collection of popular contemporary rock, pop and indie will have you singing with them all night long. A guaranteed crowd pleaser!
 
View their website
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…AND SHOWCASING IN FUSION

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"…the most fun you can have without getting arrested" – The Times
ROCKAOKE are the UKs original, best and only specialist live karaoke band, inviting their audience to ‘live the dream’ by taking to the stage and singing with a live rock band.  The band boasts several appearances at major UK festivals such as the Wireless, V, Big Chill, Leeds and Bestival, as well as the the Brits, Radio 1 Chris Moyles Breakfast Show, Top Gear Live, Kerrang Awards and even Alan Shearer’s 40th birthday!
 
Have your 5 minutes of fame at the Corporate Games Rockaoke event!
 
View their website
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Make sure you attend the Games Party of the Year!

The Grand Parade of Athletes

This year’s Proud Sponsors of the UK Corporate Games Grand Parade of Athletes

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Be there for a chance to win at the famous Tennis Ball Hit Out!

Catch a ball – Win a prize!

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imageThis is your chance to represent your organisation and get in next year’s Games Brochure!

We are looking for pictures to go in next year’s Games Brochure – and we want you to be a part of it!

Parade Timings

18:30 Athletes begin to assemble
(Please try to get here at least 5-10 minutes before the parade begins)
19:00 Parade begins at 19:00 sharp
19:30 Win Prizes at the Tennis Ball Hit-Out featuring Bob Wilson
19:45 Parade ends; go home and get ready for the Party!
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What to Bring

You! Plus as many of your team / company as possible!
– Wear your Company Clothing:   T-Shirts, Tracksuits
Jackets…get yourself noticed!
– Bring Corporate Banners
– Wave flags, placards and balloons
– Get your Company mascot down to the event
– Bring Company umbrellas to help catch tennis balls
…trust us it works!
At the Parade…

Listen out for the rhythmic sounds of Oya Batucuda – the best samba band
the Midlands has to offer!

View their website

Feeding Your Team

Looking after your tummies at this year’s Games really couldn’t be easier.

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imago Services are working hard to ensure a wide-variety of hot and cold foods are available to you across the Games weekend.   The food production team are passionate about the food cooked and served in all the outlets, ensuring the recipes and ingredients meet key nutritional standards in terms of quality and balance.

In other words – perfect food for re-fuelling muscles and active bodies!

Whether its:

  • A hot cooked breakfast
  • Team Pasta Party or Team Curry Night
  • A packed lunch (ideal for off-campus sports)
  • Hot BBQ Buffet and Snack Points on Campus
  • Bars & Opening Times across the weekend  🙂

View our Campus Map, showing all the catering outlets across the weekend.

To take advantage of an early booking discount, why not use imago Services bookings line.

Telephone 08450 364624

View the Advance Booking Food Menu

Travel Guide

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Follow our quick and simple directions for a hassle-free journey to Loughborough.

  • Maps
    1. View our Campus Map
      For directions to the on-campus sports and all our Games Celebrations
    2. View our Off-Campus Map
      For directions to the off-campus sports

 

Download

All our venues to your Sat-Nav (TomTom, Garmin, NavMan, Nokia, iGO8 Nav N Go)

 

  • Travelling by Car

    Loughborough’s nearest motorway link is the M1; the campus is just two miles from Junction 23. The university is clearly signed on all the other main approach roads to Loughborough.

    For SAT-NAV directions for Loughborough University and the SuperCentre Registration

    Sir David Wallace Sport Centre
    Loughborough University, Leicestershire

    To help ensure your satellite navigation system gets you to Loughborough University correctly,
    use the postcode LE11 3TZ when setting your destination.

  • Parking on Campus

    If you are arriving on Thursday
    Athletes are required to park in Car Park 1.  Enter the campus from Ashby Road roundabout, West Entrance, turning left at the next roundabout. This is signposted from Ashby Road A512.

    If you are arriving on Friday
    Athletes are required to park in Holywell Park Car Park. Enter the campus from Ashby Road roundabout, West Entrance, driving straight across at the next roundabout. This is signposted from Ashby Road A512.

  • Campus Bus

    Kinchbus Number 7 commences from Loughborough Railway station and brings you straight to campus.

    Alighting points on the campus include:

    – Students’ Union
    – Pilkington Library
    – Wolfson School
    – Holywell Park

    In term time this service runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime until 5.45 pm. A Monday to Friday evening service operates every 30 minutes until 8.40 pm during term times only. Sunday service runs from 11 am until 7.20 pm.

    View the bus timetable

  • Travelling by Rail

    Regular rail services operate between Loughborough and other main line towns – including daily trains to and from London St Pancras International, just 90 minutes away.

    Once at Loughborough’s railway station you are just 10 minutes away from the campus. From here there is a regular bus service which operates every ten minutes during term time.  Taxis to the campus are normally available from the station.

    For information on train times and ticket prices phone our Official Transport Partner, East Midlands Trains on 0845 6048302 or visit their website

  • Travelling by Air

    East Midlands Airport is only 7 miles away and offers both domestic and international flights.

    For destinations and a full timetable contact the East Midlands Airport Information Desk on +44 (0) 871 919 9000. Visit their website

Online Entry into the Games

For the past year or two, we have been testing the Online Entry process, which is a means of getting the details of Athletes in via the Corporate Games website.

People have long asked for such a mechanism, not even the partner projects around the world,  but the reality of the problem is that the details that are needing to be entered into our sports scheduling systems is not for the feint-hearted, hence the time take to not only develop the system, but to also ensure it’s success for a Corporate Games project.

The success of getting thousands of people to enter the UK Corporate Games online has helped us to prove that the Online Entry website works really well, we’re pleased to announce that we’re going to rolling it out to more and more Corporate Games around the world!

From the website, payments are accepted either via credit card or via a Corporate Account, which is akin to a pre-payment account that Team Leaders can used to pay for multiple entry forms and party tickets.

Watch this space for more information on the next Games to feature Online Entry!

Preparation for a Games

As any of the Corporate Games get closer each week, more and more of the preparations for the running of the project are being finalised.

Some of the bigger-picture details, such as where the Games are to be staged, or which sports are to appear on the Official Programme, are sorted out sometimes a year or two in advance, whereas some of the finer details, such as where the Parade route will be, or how the Party venue will be dress, are sorted out nearer the time, as these ‘details’ are dependent on other influences, such as the number of anticipated Athletes, for example.

In the past, people that I have met during the Games weekend are amazed at how the Games weekends are staged. It’s easy to think that someone has organised the Party, for example, and that it ‘just happens’, but there’s actually quite a lot of work involved in that area alone, and that’s not really what the Games are all about, even.

Having been on this side of the curtain for quite a while now, it’s easy to get blasé about some of the various aspects within the Games weekend, but when we get to see the sports taking place over the weekend itself, seeing people all across a city competing in the Games for their organisation, the feeling is quite humbling to say the least. Thousands of people put their trust in us to stage a weekend of sporting activities, most of which consist of around 20 sports in all, as well as the Party, the Parade and Closing Celebrations.  Even the prizes for the Tennis Ball Hit Out have to be sourced.

Working at a Games office really is good fun. Like any job, it has it’s pressures. For us, trying to entertain thousands of people for a weekend, happens to be our ‘pressure’.  At the moment, we’re still on the run-up to the UK Corporate Games 2011, being staged in Loughborough and things are going to get much busier in the office, but we think that’s when the fun starts!