The Sheriff of Nottingham welcomed the UK Corporate Games to the City of Nottingham in front of a packed crowd at the Official Launch.
Cllr Jackie Morris said “Nottingham is a proud and historic city with wonderful facilities, a growing business community and a vibrant nightlife and we are thrilled that Nottingham has been awarded the rights to stage the UK Corporate Games next year.” The Sheriff clearly recognised the major opportunities that the Games will create for the City and for every one of the businesses involved. Cllr Morris mingled with the business guests and Civic dignitaries from the City of Stoke on Trent who hosted the Games in 2015.
The MC for the evening was Louisa Preston of BBC London News who herself, was a graduate from Nottingham and many visitors had travelled from far and wide to attend the event. Ben Sedgemore, the Games Director, gave a presentation on the Games and spoke in glowing terms of the quality of facilities that he had been able to choose from in the region, “we have been fortunate to stage the Games in some wonderful Cities around the world but rarely have we seen an array of sporting facilities of the quality and number that Nottingham possesses. We know that all of the participants will be blown away by what they find in Nottingham and we are all aiming to make this the best UK Corporate Games in its 20 year history”. The presentation described the 23 sports and host of celebrations that make up Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses. Mr Sedgemore proclaimed that the Games delivers genuine opportunity for everyone involved, stating that there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Games, whether you are old or young and regardless of how fit or sporty you are. The Games is totally inclusive and open to everyone.
Other speakers on the night included Kate Lockhart representing the Games Official Charity, the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre. Kate recounted how happy they are that they have been selected as the Official Charity for the Games. Andrew May, General Manager at Nottingham Conferences explained that they are keen to see the outstanding facilities at the University fully utilised by the students but also community and business groups as they can all benefit from the massive investment that has taken place.
The final message was delivered by Stuart Mather, Community Relations & Employee Engagement Manager at Capital One. Capital One entered a team of 40 into the Corporate Games in Liverpool this year but they can’t wait to participate in the Games on “Home Soil” in Nottingham from the 6th-9th July. Stuart said “We had a fabulous experience in the Games this year. The Games is wonderful for team building and it was professionally administered but really fun to be involved in too with the mixture of sport and celebrations. We are looking to enter between 100 and 200 entrants this year and we would have no hesitation in recommending the Games to all businesses”.
Visitors also had a chance to tour the impressive new facility which will house the Games SuperCentre and almost all of the indoor sports on the packed Games programme.
The UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 will take place from the 6th-9th July and you and your organisation can be involved. For details or to arrange a presentation on the Games please call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or email [email protected]
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