Europe’s largest annual multi sports festival for organisations and business people will be coming to Nottingham from 6th – 9th July 2017.
The Games are set to be a resounding success with many of the UK’s top companies already having entered alongside businesses of all sizes and type from Nottingham and across the East Midlands. However, the Games team have also recently struck up another partnership with charity Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. The Trust has been unveiled as the Official Sporting Ambassador Programme provider at a presentation in Nottingham on 21st February.
The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust does amazing work, developing world class athletes beyond sport and then works with them to deliver programmes that transform the lives of young people facing disadvantage.
The Games is an event aimed at competitors of all ages and abilities and both organisations hope the partnership will lead to opportunities and benefits for everyone involved.
“I’m really pleased that the Trust’s world class athlete talent will be present at this year’s UK Corporate Games in Nottingham. Our athletes undergo comprehensive training and development to ensure they continue their high performance beyond sport. I know they’ll be tremendous ambassadors and motivators for the teams taking part and hopefully continue to be involved post-Games to help establish a culture of high performance within each organisations workplace.”
– Dame Kelly Holmes, President and founder of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
Ben Sedgemore, Games Director for the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 said: “We are delighted to partner with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as we have seen the fabulous opportunities that the Trust creates for athletes on their life journey as well as helping to develop individuals from hard to reach groups. These outcomes benefit everyone which is exactly the same ethos as our own.”
“When we deliver the UK Corporate Games everyone wins from the organisations to the companies to the local venues and economy, the host destination and its businesses; not to mention the local helpers and sport coordinators who are all trained, supported and given all of the same benefits and opportunities as the entrants. You can’t beat a win-win!”
“We are thrilled that Nottingham has been selected as the host city for the 2017 UK Corporate Games. The Games provide the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism and we will be working hard with the organisers and partners to ensure they will be the most successful ever.”
– Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
“We are building a strong reputation as an event city and a home for major sporting events; the UK Corporate Games event is a great example of the kind of high profile event we can host.”
Major employers like Freeths, Asda and Ernst & Young have signed up hundreds of entrants for the Games, but they will be competing against large and small organisations from the locality and across the UK. However it is important to stress that the Games is open to any organisation and every business is welcomed equally.
Participants can choose to enter any one of the 23 sports on offer – from netball to football, running to dragonboat racing and golf to go karting. Many of the sports will be taking place at The University of Nottingham’s new £40m David Ross Sports Village. The Centre houses a huge multi-court sports hall, seven glass squash courts and an international standard Table Tennis hall in addition to impressive accommodation in the surrounding area. The Great Games Party will showcase a different venue as the Nottingham Trent Students Union has been selected to stage this major Games component.
Running in tandem with the Games, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust have a training and development plan on offer to business people as well as opportunities to meet some of the elite athletes to work with your business to develop sporting and business success.
Marie Robson, Employee Engagement Manager at the Trust said: “We have some great packages to motivate, inspire and support the company’s success at the Games. With athletes from a variety of sporting careers, and several who have gone on to achieve coaching and personal training qualifications, we look forward to meeting as many teams ahead of the Games as possible, plus there’s an option for an athlete to join teams and compete, however, not in their career sport of course”.
Joanne Jackson, Olympic Bronze Medallist made an inspiring appearance on the night and the invited guests enjoyed a really interesting question and answer session with her facilitated by Louisa Preston of BBC London News (see headline picture). Joanne revealed how she challenged peoples doubts about her ability into relentless hard work and determination which ultimately enabled her to realise her dream of standing on the podium in the Olympics in Beijing.
Representatives from interested businesses and organisations can reserve places at one of the Games’ presentations to find out more about the event’s benefits and the opportunities that the Trust offers to organisations of all sizes. For those interested in visiting Nottingham and learning more about the plans, there will be a venue tour known as the Team Leader Orientation Event that will visit most of the Games Venues on the afternoon of 7th March.
Get your boots, bats, bibs and balls and get ready to enjoy the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism in Nottingham in July.