On the 26th September the UK Corporate Games Preston 2012 was concluded in style at the place where it all began; Brockholes Floating Village.
In front a packed crowd of winners, dignitaries and influential supporters of the Games, the Closing Awards were presented.
Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said ” What a fabulous evening. Tonight was a fitting end to a fabulous year for us in Preston.
Guild year was always going to be a big spectacle for Preston and the City and it’s representatives seized every opportunity that the Games presented. When this happens, the Games has an incredible impact and it is fitting that the Games has been hailed by everyone as such a resounding success”.
The Awards night was a cause for great celebrations at this impressive Games destination.
Sedgemore continued, “It has been a pleasure to present the Awards to representatives of our tremendous competing companies, each company entered the Games with commitment and pride and each of the 32 Awards were really well-deserved. Not only was tonight a special occasion for the winners, it also allowed us to personally thank so many of the individuals who were so instrumental in contributing to make this such an amazing year for everyone involved. 2012 has been a wonderful year for Preston, it has been a wonderful year for the Country and it has been an exceptional year for the Games. We are all determined to see the spirit of 2012 live on.” Sedgemore used the platform to commend an extensive list of supporters, like Babs Murphy CEO at the Chamber of Commerce, Andy Coverdale at UCLan, Phil Walsh at Preston City Council and a host of others.
The sentiments were echoed by Bernard Hayes, Chief Financial Officer at Preston City Council. Mr Hayes was thrilled to announce that the Games had injected between £2 and £3 million pounds into the local economy, as well as giving the participants, competing companies and host venues a fabulous experience. Preston City Council have created a video commemorating the impact of the Games in Guild Year. To see it click here http://bit.ly/Tk0cmH
A number of influential partners, sponsors and supporters were on hand to present the Awards to the successful recipients, with the Guild Mayor of Preston, Councillor Carl Crompton closing the evening by presenting the Sport For Life Grand Award to Vodafone who entered an impressive 240 athletes. This Award recognised Vodafone’s commitment to their staff, company excellence and health and fintess in the workplace. The Guild Mayor said ” The Corporate Games team have really delivered a terrific event and we would love to have the opportunity to Host the Games again. It was a magical weekend and one that no-one involved will ever forget.”
Fourteen different Companies were successful in winning at least one of the 22 Sport Championship Awards, with Asda taking two, Vodafone taking 3 and CSC proudly securing an incredible 6!
Local companies fought it out with big international brands in the Championship Divisions with the following successful recipients;
Division one for teams of between 1-5 Athletes was won by Anchor all the way from Kent with 45 points.
Division two for teams of between 6-10 Athletes was won by the Royal Air Force with 90 points.
Division three for teams of between 11-20Athletes was won by East Midlands Airport Group with 192 points.
Division four for teams of between 21-50 Athletes was won by SPS (EU) Limited from Blackpool with 166 points.
Division five for teams of between 51-100 Athletes was won by BAE Systems with 356 points.
Division six for teams of between 101-150 Athletes was won by Ernst & Young LLP with 252 points.
Division seven for teams of between 151-200 Athletes was won by CSC with a record 969 points.
Division eight for teams of between 200+ Athletes was won by Vodafone with 684 points.
The Medalist Award was won by CSC for the first time and CSC’s overall points tally of 969 was an all-time Games record.
Team Leader Mick Williams was supported by a number of his team when collecting their array of Awards. Mr Williams was delighted to secure the Medalist Award saying that this “capped off a terrific year for team CSC… we just can’t wait for 2013 in Coventry now!”
Congratulations to Preston and all of the Award winners from everyone at the Games World Headquarters.
For a full breakdown of the results please click here to download the results booklet.