Organisers, Partners, Sponsors, Participants and helpers have all hailed the positive impact of the UK Corporate Games 2017.
More than £3.8m was generated for Nottinghamshire’s economy by the UK Corporate Games, it is estimated.
Nottingham hosted Europe’s largest annual multi-sport festival for businesses from July 6 to 9, with more than 5,000 people taking part in 23 activities at venues around the city, including the University of Nottingham, Colwick Park and Wollaton Hall.
Intel, IBM, Ernst & Young, Lloyds Banking Group, Vodafone, Boots, Speedo, Willmott Dixon, Asda and Capital One were among the companies represented.
Games Director Ben Sedgemore said: “The Games has been a resounding success and we could not have asked for more – even the weather was on our side.
“The facilities are excellent in Nottinghamshire, with top quality venues for all of our 23 sports and array of celebrations.
“The feedback that we have been receiving has been wonderful and it is a credit to everyone who has supported the Games.
“People have been blown away by Nottingham and we are delighted that we made the decision to bring the Games here in 2017. Thank you so much.”
Andrew May, general manager at Nottingham Conferences, the group that promotes the University of Nottingham’s conference venues, added: “This was a great opportunity to bring the city together to put Nottingham on the map, to benefit local businesses and for us to showcase our £40m David Ross Sports Village, the latest addition to an already stellar collection of state-of-the-art sporting facilities available here at the university.
“The atmosphere on campus was outstanding and this event will live long in the memory.”
Employees at organisations, companies, corporations and institutions all battled it out for points, medals and company pride.
The winners came from all across the country and local teams also won a number of the medals.
Vodafone won the Sport for Life Grand award and the medallist award, while Nottinghamshire Police was the top local performer, finishing second in the overall medal table with 48 medals.
Inspector Paul Harris said “I cannot describe how impressed we all were with the Games this weekend.
“My whole organisation is buzzing, and I’m seeing competitors and medallists alike acknowledging each other and ‘high fiving’ on corridors where previously they would have passed in silence, so I’m not overstating the positive effect this event has had.
“Sports sections have been reinvigorated, friendships and bonds have been rediscovered, and I’ve even seen pictures of medallists up in the office to welcome them back.”
Nottingham-based law firm Freeths Solicitors finished sixth in the medal table and the University of Nottingham and clothing wholesaler MWUK finished 14 and 16 respectively.
A team from Nottingham Forest won the 11-a-side football tournament and Boots also secured medals in a number of sports to finish 21st in the medal table from 123 organisations that were represented.
The University of Nottingham’s multisport complex was the epicentre of the Games, providing many of the facilities for the 23 sports.
This includes its new £40m David Ross Sports Village, which houses a huge multi-court sports hall, seven glass squash courts and an international standard table tennis hall.
The Games Sport Patron Helen Richardson Walsh MBE, who won a gold medal at Rio 2016 as a member of the GB women’s hockey team, presented medals to the successful organisations over the weekend, as well as cutting the ribbon to open the SuperCentre celebration for the Games on the Friday evening.
Nottingham Trent Students Union also hosted the Great Games Party on the Saturday evening which was a wild celebration with revellers partying hard into the early hours, with many of them fully embracing the fancy dress theme of Folklore and Fairy Tales !
For some positive Feedback on the event and some powerful testimonials please click here for the Nottingham Infographic.