Local Companies of All Sizes Signing up to the Games in 2018

Wade Ceramics

We recently brought you a story about companies travelling from far and wide to enter the UK Corporate Games Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire 2018, well we are pleased to say that many local companies have been jumping on board too!

Companies in the Games, come in all shapes and sizes and from all industry sectors, so whether you are massive multinational, a single owner enterprise or something in-between, the Games is for you!

Aspire Housing has recently confirmed a desire to send a team of at least 10 into the Games. Sinead Butters – Chief Executive or Aspire Housing said “We’re committed to investing more into our local communities and we’re delighted to be participating in the Corporate Games when it returns to Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire next year.  This is a real opportunity for us to showcase our sporting venues and the region as a whole to the world, and I’m delighted colleagues from across Aspire Housing and PM Training will be a part of it.”   This point was reiterated by Tracey Johnson – Executive Director – Corporate Services at Aspire Housing,  “We’re delighted to be supporting the Corporate Games again next year.  We’ll have a team of colleagues from across our Aspire Housing and PM Training businesses based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke, who are looking forward to demonstrating their sporting skills in front of their home crowd!  This is a great opportunity for us to give something back to our colleagues and also support our region, and it reinforces our ways of working that promote wellbeing.” 

Wade Ceramics will entering 50 entrants and will also be producing fantastic medals and Awards for all of the winners. Newcastle Borough Council is also submitting between 30-60 entrants as they know the Games will be terrific for morale, workforce well-being and productivity. However, the largest team from a local organisation to date is bet365 who recently signed up for 200 entrants.

bet365 Group HR Director, Bob Monro said ” at bet365 we really value our employees.  We all realise that our people are our biggest asset and we are delighted that we will have the chance to be strongly represented in the UK Corporate Games Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire 2018.  The Games is already starting to generate a buzz around our offices and we know our teams will benefit from the team-building aspects of the Games as well as helping to improve the health and well-being of our colleagues in the workplace.  We know they will have a great time too”.

bet365 had a strong representation in 2015 but they are looking to come back with even bigger numbers for 2018 after such a positive experience for their entrants last time around.

Wade Ceramics have already been involved in the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing which took place in September at Trentham Gardens.  Their team of dragonboat novices of all abilities had a great day and represented the Organisation with distinction.

Wade Ceramics Paddling with Power

Plus, with Christmas on the horizon, there is still time to take advantage of the penultimate early entry discount offer, which is available for reservations made before the Christmas break.  Both bet365 and Aspire Housing both secured a 7.5% early entry discount, so if you are keen to make a saving please contact the Games office today on +44 (0) 1733 380 888 or email UK@corporate-games.com.

So what are you waiting for?  Give your staff something to look forward to and get active for in 2018, it is one of the best investments that you can make…

World Corporate Cup of Soccer set for Stoke City FC with Gordon Banks OBE

Entries are now open for the 11th annual World Corporate Cup of Soccer which will be staged on the 20th May 2018.

After great experiences at a host of impressive Premier League Clubs in recent years, Stoke City Football Club has been selected as the destination for next years Cup.  Everyone knows that the Club has a strong association with legendary wing-wizard Sir Stanley Matthews but did you know Stoke City is the second oldest professional football Club in the World?

Stoke City have been well-established in the Premier League for more than a decade now and the quality of the stadium and the pitch is outstanding.  All teams will get the opportunity to play all of their matches on the pitch as well as sampling the changing rooms and a number of the impressive suites.  You can also follow in the famous footballing footsteps of the Premier Leagues elite.

The format has been refined for next year to see the ultimate festival of football staged in one day in this magnificent 30,000 seater arena.  Click the link to see the Cup Flyer.

Teams can enter 6-a-side for Women, Men and Over 40’s and everyone is guaranteed plenty of action on the hallowed turf of the bet365 Stadium.  Plus we are delighted to confirm that our iconic Games Patron and Footballing great – Gordon Banks OBE has agreed to attend on the day to meet all of the players.  The man who famously foiled Pele with that fabulous save (as well as thousands of other strikers over the years) will be watching the action – so you better play well!

With the entries capped at 32 teams the Cup is expected to sell out quickly, so reserve your place this week.

The cost is just £80 per person so why not give yourself a Christmas treat and have something to look forward to and to get fit for in the new year.  Previous medal winners have come from Croatia, Turkey, Romania, Russia and beyond so will it be a UK based team or one from Stoke that lifts the Cup next year?

Email Cup@corporate-games.com, call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or visit www.corporate-games.com for details.

Next Years World Corporate Cup of Soccer will be another of the outstanding events secured by Stoke City Council as part of their City of Sport Legacy.  This event is totally inclusive and players of all levels of fitness and technical ability are welcomed equally.  It will be an experience you will never forget.

Get that World Corporate Cup Feeling!

Companies Coming from Far and Wide to Participate

With the UK Corporate Games Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire 2018 still almost 8 months away, organisers have already commented upon the popular appeal of the region as a destination.

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said recently, “Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire again seems to be a really popular destination for travelling teams to the event.  We had a terrific experience with the Games there in 2015 and there seems to be an even greater appetite for companies to get involved next year.  Last week sizeable teams committed from a variety of different organisations across the country like Capital One from Nottingham, BCS Consulting and Accenture from London and Places for People who are based in Preston.  Hundreds of representatives from all of these organisations will be descending on the region in 2018 and we are sure they will have a fabulous experience”.

Places for People first got the Games bug when it was awarded to Preston in 2012 and they have been entering ever since. Next year they have again agreed to send 100 entrants from their offices nationwide.  Their Team Leader Anastasia Bligh who is a keen running enthusiast said “We are delighted to be supporting our staff to attend the Games in Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire next year.  Every year our representatives thoroughly enjoy the opportunities that the Games offers to meet people from across our group.  The Games really brings us all together which gives a powerful boost to our business.  The Corporate Games team always deliver an exceptional experience for us and this will be the 7th consecutive year that we will have entered more than 100 competitors from across our group.  The feedback is always exceptional and we know that the Games will be eagerly anticipated by us all.  We would be happy to recommend the Games to any organisation as the benefits and opportunities it creates are excellent as well as supporting the health, fitness and well-being of our staff.  ”

Places for People in their everyday working lives                    Places for People at the Grand Parade of Participants

With its central location and impressive local facilities it seems likely that next year could be one of the most well-attended and impressive Games to date.  In addition to the travelling contingent, a host of local teams have already signed up to support the event too like Wade Ceramics and Knights1759.

Michelle Vorel-Adams, who is Commercial Director for the Games and based in the Staffordshire area is already working with and visiting many businesses of all sizes and kinds across the area to get them involved in this great event!

Michelle said, “we really think that it is important that businesses of any type and turnover realise that they can participate.  Every year we have really small teams involved – in fact single owner enterprises with one employee are equally eligible to enter!  Regardless of the size of the employer or the size of the team that you enter, everyone is treated equally and everyone gets to experience the vast array of benefits that the Games provides regardless of their age, level of physical fitness or sporting ability too.  The Games is open to everyone!  With 23 different sports and a host or fabulous celebrations and business components too there really is something for you whoever you are.”

If any local business representatives want to learn a little more about the benefits that they can secure by being part of the Games, they can call +44 (0) 1733 380 888 or email UK@corporate-games.com.

The Games will be staged from the 21st-24th June and early entry discounts are available for organisations that wish to sign up now with 7.5% discount available until the end of November.  You don’t need to know the names of entrants until May 2018 so only an estimate on numbers is required.

 

UK Corporate Games Stoke and Staffordshire Officially Launched

The Launch of the UK Corporate Games Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire was staged last night at the impressive Keele Hall at Keele University.  The Lord Mayor of Stoke On Trent, senior civic representatives, VIP’s, sporting ambassadors and business people from a host of organisations travelled from near and far to attend the enjoyable evening in beautiful surroundings.

Guests heard that the UK Corporate Games,  will take place from 21 to 24 June 2018 and that it is expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from a range of UK companies of all types, boosting the local economy while showcasing the area’s growing economic opportunities.  As a result, businesses in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit, as Europe’s largest multisport festival for business returns to the region for a second time.

This year’s Games was held in Nottingham in July and it attracted over 5,000 people generating an estimated £3.8m for the local economy (click here to the see coverage in the Notts Post).

The Games next year will feature 23 sports on the packed weekend programme, as well as a host of celebrations including a Grand Parade of Athletes, the Great Games Party and the SuperCentre Celebration.

Sports will include badminton, netball, football, go Karting, golf, volleyball, cricket, hockey, tennis, basketball, running and dragon boat racing. Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Centre, Newcastle College and Trentham Gardens and a host of other selected venues.

The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the Games organisers ahead of several other bids following the success of the Games staged in the area in 2015.

Mark Ormerod, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of Keele University, welcomed people to Keele Hall and stressed how proud the University was to be involved in the partnership group supporting the Games.  Mark kindly introduced Louisa Preston of BBC London News who was the guest MC for the evening.  Stoke, Staffordshire and Newcastle Coucillors and executives were in attendance and they all threw their collective weight behind the event.

Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive at Staffordshire County Council said: “The Games will give thousands of people from top UK companies the chance to visit and see the huge economic opportunities available in the area.  We would encourage local businesses to sign up to participate so that they can all take advantage of the benefits on offer”.

Sharon Taaffe, Assistant Director of Health Improvement at Stoke On Trent City Council echoed Helen’s words and also confirmed that there is a determination to see the local community heavily involved in the Games so that everyone enjoys the festival.

Sharon Taaffe of Stoke City Council addresses the packed crowd

Games Director for the UK Corporate Games, Ben Sedgemore said: The Games has been staged annually in the UK since 1992 but our experience in 2015 in the region was certainly one of the best.  Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire is blessed with some fantastic facilities and a great central location and everyone enjoyed their involvement in the Games.  We had some great interest from other strong destinations for 2018 but the positive experience enjoyed by the competing organisations and ourselves last time ensured we were very keen to return.  We can’t wait now.

Another terrific supporter in attendance was England Legend Gordon Banks OBE who is The Games Patron.  Gordon was willing to have photos taken with representatives from all of the companies and institutions in attendance.  Gordon said, “The Corporate Games will attract thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK’s biggest companies to Stoke-on-Trent,  Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire over the next 18 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the region’s economic opportunities but also our fantastic sporting facilities.

“We can be truly proud of venues like Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens. I would encourage business of all size and kind to get behind these events and make the most of the tremendous opportunities that they will create.  I know you will all enjoy them too!”  

Right to Left- the panel included – Mark Ormerod – Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost of Keele University, The Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent – Councillor Ross Irving, Games Patron – Gordon Banks OBE, Sharon Taaffe – Assistant Director of Health Improvement at Stoke On Trent City Council, Helen Riley – Deputy Chief Executive at Staffordshire County Council, Ben Sedgemore – Games Director and Jenny Booth- Games Ambassador and Paralympian medalist.

In addition to the positive vibes from the politicians and dignitaries the Games is already proving to be popular with organisations from across the UK.

Air Products who have offices in Crewe and Cannock as well as in Surrey and London have already confirmed their place at the Games.  Team Leader , Pascal Van Loon said: “Air Products is looking forward to the UK Corporate Games 2018 and have already committed to entering a team.  Year-on-year I see the benefits that such an event brings, not just from an improved employee fitness level, but also from participation by our staff from different sites and offices across the UK.  The weekend creates a great sense of camaraderie and the competition drives individuals and teams to achieve more.  As team manager I am happy that Air Products can continue its longstanding 22 year tradition of being part of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community.”

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Representatives from Air Products at the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 Grand Parade Of Participants.

Another positive response has come from 2018 Games Sponsors Wade Ceramics.

Paul Farmer OBE, the Managing Director of Wade Ceramics said, “as a local business with international connections, we will be supporting the Games as a key partner. Wade are not only showing that they are truly committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of their employees but also really helping the city to prosper and bring investment in through the visitor economy and profiling the area.

Businesses interested in taking part that did not make the launch can request a presentation at their workplace. To have a conversation about the Games call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or visit corporate-games.com

Houston bouncing back after the Storm for the World Corporate Games

It is only a few weeks ago that Houston was hit by powerful storms that caused widespread flooding to homes and businesses in the area.  As the television cameras revealed, the human cost was high and we offer our sincere condolences to everyone effected by the flooding and to everyone who lost friends and relatives to the overpowering waters.  The thoughts of the Worldwide Corporate Sports Community have been with you during this difficult time for you and your great City.

Inevitably sensible questions have been raised by potential competing organisations and individuals planning to attend the World Corporate Games in Houston from the 16th-19th November.  Getting the City back to normal has been the immediate concern of everyone in the area and these aims have been understandable and supported.

An Iconic View of the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas

However, following discussions with the senior leaders of the Games in Houston, we are pleased to confirm that the Staff and systems in place in Houston are all OK and the team are confident that the City will recover very quickly. Indeed the resilient Mayor Turner, has reiterated strongly that Houston is very much “open for business again”, with sport and tourism also still on the agenda for this powerful destination City.

Houston is the 4th Largest City in the USA and it has also been listed in the Forbes list of best destinations to visit.

Please see below the Official Statement from the Harris County Houston Sports Authority.

“Dear World Corporate Games Participants,

It’s hard to put into words what has happened to our City over the last two weeks as a result of Hurricane Harvey. We are encouraged by the efforts of the countless volunteers and donations that poured in locally and from around the country to make a difference. We have a long road to recovery and our thoughts go out to everyone in the City of Houston and Gulf coast who was effected by the storm.

First, we wanted to check-in and survey where each of you, your organizations, and neighborhoods stand. Please, let us know if we can be of any assistance to you, your friends, neighbors, or company. We know that so many of our neighbors have been deeply affected by the storm, and we are here to stand by their side.

As we look to the future, Houston will undoubtedly rebound and come back stronger and better than ever. We received some questions as to the status of the Games in light of the storm, and we’re happy to report that just like the spirit of Houston, the World Corporate Games 2017 are alive and well. As Mayor Turner said “…we are getting back on our feet and we are open for business.” And what better way to get to get back to business and show that we are Houston Strong! As we continue to unearth the needs of our City in the coming weeks and months, help us use the Games to make a difference.

What an amazing opportunity to uplift and support our community through sports. Nelson Mandela once said that “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” Help us show the world just how united and inspired Houston truly is!  As part of our continued mission to give back, we’ve come up with a couple of ways to thank our first responders who unselfishly served so many in their greatest time of need.

Support Our First Responders!

  1. All corporate teams can participate in our Buy-One, Give-One campaign.  We will match each individual registration from your team and coordinate the donation of a free registration, one for one, to Hurricane Harvey first responders, or you can use the Buy-One, Give-One to distribute to unsung heroes in your own community.
  2. Can’t participate?  You can Donate Registrations to First Responders.  We will distribute and coordinate the teams on your behalf.

We are looking forward to bringing our community together and opening our doors to others for a weekend of fun, team building, and celebration!

Sincerely,

Harris County Houston Sports Authority”

 

 

 

 

As you can see, there is an inspiring message from Houston and a powerful cause and we are all hopeful that this can be one of the most uplifting and wonderful World Corporate Games to date.  The Organising Committee strongly believe that they will be ready to welcome each and every one of you to participate in the Games in November.

Thank you for your support and once again our best wishes go to everyone troubled by the storms, which are hopefully now behind them.  Hope to see you in Houston soon…

World Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing Enjoyed by Everyone

Trentham Gardens was the idyllic destination for the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing this weekend (16th September 2017).  After fabulous World Corporate Cup experiences in Triathlon in recent weeks and in Soccer for more than a decade, this time the competition was on the water, following the success of the Europe Corporate Cup at the same destination in 2016!

Crews from across the region and from throughout the UK pitched their gazebos and paddled their hearts out in this event for businesses and organisations of all kinds.

The SuperCentre Celebration registration took place at Cadwaladers Cafe, with many competitors taking the opportunity to sample the warm drinks on offer to counteract the early morning September chill.  All competitors received a Games T-shirt, a souvenir programme, their ID badge as well as a decorative “Weekend Sports Warrior” coaster from Games sponsors Wade Ceramics.

Vibrant SuperCentre at Cadwaladers

Once registered they entered the Gardens and admired the beautiful surroundings before undertaking their racing and safety briefings and getting their buoyancy aids and paddles.

As the racing commenced there were some competitive battles taking place with every encounter.  Each crew would battle it out in 3 x 333m heats to post their fastest time across the 1000m challenge!  However, there were a few showpiece encounters spicing up the proceedings with Stoke-On-Trent City Council and Newcastle Borough Council locking horns as well as Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire Police respectively.

Previous entrants Mitten Clarke were looking fluid in their white strips and the pale blue shirts of Wade Ceramics were looking good too.  Both of these crews were improving with every race.

 Ian Marsden with the Ice White crew from Mitten Clarke

The Walton Centre, Mellors Catering services and Stoke fit looked to be having heaps of fun and there were some incredibly close races across the day.

The Lord and Lady Mayoress had dropped by to support the event which was really appreciated by everyone in attendance and the Chief Executive of the Games Official Charity, David Webster of the Dougie Mac Hospice was also supporting the Cup.

David Webster is seen here presenting one of the impressive hand crafted, Wade Ceramics World Corporate Cup Awards, to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Stoke-On-Trent, in recognition of the City’s support for the Cup as part of the City of Sport Legacy programme.

After some exhilarating racing for everyone involved we moved to establish the top 8 positions with 3 spectacular finals. Some of the races were so close that we needed a photo finish to separate the teams.

The Grand Final was all set up to be a closely contested encounter with the experienced Nottinghamshire Police crew taking on the youthful apprentices from Goodwin PLC and Phil Fortunes fit band of friends from Staffordshire Police.

The Grand final did not disappoint, with all three of the finalists competing for the medals and each of the crews posting their fastest times from the whole day!

The Top 10 placings were as follows but everyone had a wonderful experience.

In the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community we firmly believe that everyone who takes part is a winner and the spirit from the competitors in this event was a joy to behold.

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Local Paralympic Medalists, Ian Marsden and Jenny Booth were on hand to present the worthy winners and runners up with their medals. The winners of the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing  2017 are Nottinghamshire Police, with Goodwin PLC a creditable 2nd and Staffordshire Police proudly taking 3rd place on the podium.

The Corporate Games would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone connected with this great event at Trentham Gardens.  Thank you for your support and hope to see you all involved in the UK Corporate Games Stoke On Trent and Staffordshire 2018 in June.

NB The Main Image was taken by Richard Redshaw LRPS

Businesses invited to Attend the Launch of the UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2018

With some of the UK’s top firms already signed up for the UK Corporate Games, local companies are being encouraged to follow suit.

The Games, which will return to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent next year, are expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top companies and boost the local economy to the tune of around £3m.

Now, businesses interested in taking part are being invited to a special celebration launch event to find out more on 4 October at Keele Hall from 6.30pm.  England Legend Gordon Banks will be welcoming guests alongside Civic dignitaries, Games sponsors and many of the organisations that have already committed to enter.

The Impressive Keele Hall will Host the Official Launch of the Games.

National companies already signed up include Air Products, Lloyds Banking Group, Eversheds, Willis Towers Watson, Brose and Freeths to name just a few.

Local companies taking part include Staffordshire Police, Wade Ceramics and Knights1759, the latter have already signed up to enter 95 participants but companies of all size and kind are encouraged to seize the Games benefits.

The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the Games organisers ahead of several other bids following the success of the Games in the region in 2015.  The Games has been staged worldwide since 1988 in great destinations from Moscow and Mexico City to Melbourne but organisers believe that the 2015 event in the region was one of the best.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council, said that hosting the Games again would be great for the county and provide yet another real powerful opportunity to show off what Staffordshire has to offer.

He said: “The last Games were a huge success giving thousands of business people the chance to visit and see the huge economic opportunities available in the area.  It’s great that we have so many prestigious companies already signed up but we’re keen to see as many local companies getting involved and taking advantage of the many benefits too.”

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:

The Games, Europe’s largest multisport festival for business will feature 23 sports over the weekend of 21 to 24 June 2018. Sports will include, hockey, cricket, badminton, netball, football, go Karting, golf, volleyball, tennis, basketball, running and dragon boat racing. Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Centre, Newcastle College, Trentham Gardens, Fast Lane Karting, Trentham Park Golf Club and a number of other impressive venues.  In addition to the sport, there will be a host of great celebrations too.

A Picture from the Grand Parade of Athletes 2017 in Nottingham

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said: The Games has been staged annually in the UK since 1992 but our experience in 2015 in the region was certainly one of our favourites.  Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire is blessed with some fantastic facilities and a great central location and everyone enjoyed their involvement in the Games.  We had some impressive bids from other strong destinations for 2018 but the positive experience enjoyed by the competing organisations and ourselves last time ensured we were very keen to return.  We can’t wait now.

Another good supporter is England Legend Gordon Banks OBE who is Games Patron again.  Gordon said, The Corporate Games will attract thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK’s biggest companies to Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire over the next 18 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the region’s economic opportunities but also our fantastic sporting facilities.

“We can be truly proud of venues like Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens. I would encourage business of all size and kind to get behind these events and make the most of the tremendous opportunities that they will create.  I know you will all enjoy them too!”

Gordon Banks OBE Pictured with some of the winning organisations from the Games in 2015

Companies can register for the celebration launch at Keele Hall on 4 October by calling 01733 380 888.  CLICK HERE to see the Invitation.  People Can also keep up with the latest on Twitter @corpgamesuk or on the Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/ukcorpgames

Paul Farmer, Managing Director at Wade Ceramics and Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership board member said: “It’s fantastic news that Wade Ceramics as a local business with international connections will be supporting the Games as a key partner as well as making this part of a triple commitment with signing up to the Games plus two other corporate cup events in 2017/18, the World Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing and the World Corporate Cup of Triathlon. Wade are not only showing that they are truly committed to supporting the health and well being of their employees but also really helping the city to prosper and bring investment in through the visitor economy and profiling the area.”

Air Products who have offices in Crewe have already  confirmed their place at the Games.  Team Leader , Pascal Van Loon said: “Air Products is looking forward to the UK Corporate Games 2018 and have already committed to entering a team.  Year-on-year I see the benefits that such an event brings, not just from an improved employee fitness level, but also from participation by our staff from different sites and offices across the UK.  The weekend creates a great sense of comradery and the competition drives individuals and teams to achieve more.  As team manager I am happy that Air Products can continue its longstanding tradition of being part of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community.”

Wonderful World Corporate Cup of Triathlon

The inaugural World Corporate Cup of Triathlon has been hailed as a very successful event by competitors, spectators and partners alike.

A partnership between the Corporate Games, UK Triathlon and Stoke On Trent City Council saw competitors from across the country compete in a range of events from Standard Olympic Distance Triathlon to Super Sprint.

Trentham Gardens is a beautiful setting for the event, with competitors swimming in Trentham Lake, Cycling on the open roads of Staffordshire and then running around Trentham and the impressive Italian Gardens.

Triathlons of any distance are a tough challenge but competitors of all ages and abilities gave it their best and the spirit and camaraderie on display was a pleasure to behold.  There wasn’t much sun around over the weekend but the competitors that entered were all beaming afterwards.

Winners came from a variety of organisations with Nationwide Building Society crowned overall Corporate Cup Team winners with 23 points.  Dean West of BNY Mellon was the fastest entrant in the Men’s Olympic distance.  He swam 1500m, cycled 40K and ran 10k in an incredible time of 2 hrs 12 seconds.  Dean picked up one of the fabulous awards sponsored and crafted by a powerful local business with international reach – Wade Ceramics.  Dean is pictured below with representatives of other winners from Nationwide, Faccenda, APC Overnight and Maythorn Construction.

A selection of Winners on the Podium

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director and Corporate Games lead on the Triathlon said “this has been a great experience for our team and for all of our competitors whether they won medals or awards or not.  By just competing they are all winners in my book.  Stoke-City Council  worked hard to ensure that the competitors had the best venue experience possible and UK Triathlon have decades of experience in this area.  Together we enjoyed a great partnership and the end result is something that everyone can be proud of.  Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, coordinators, marshals, helpers and everyone involved. Furthermore, the great awards sponsored by Wade Ceramics were outstanding and will be treasured by the companies and their respective organisations”.

The Official Photos can be accessed by this link.

Plus coverage of the race should be shown on Channel 4 on the 1st October so tune in to see what it was all about.

This weekend will also see the exciting World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing  taking place at Trentham Gardens.  The event was tremendous last year and everyone will be hoping for the same experience.

The World Corporate Cup Of Dragonboat Racing  at Trentham Gardens, Stoke On Trent.

Both of these events are seen as pre-cursors to Europe’s largest multi-sport festival for business, the UK Corporate Games which will be staged at a selection of the best venues across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire from the 21st-24th June 2018.  For more information see corporate-games.com.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent chosen for UK Corporate Games 2018

Businesses in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit as Europe’s largest multisport festival for business returns to the region for a second year.

The UK Corporate Games, which will take place from 21 to 24 June 2018 is expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top UK companies and boost the local economy while showcasing the area’s growing economic opportunities.

This year’s Games was held in Nottingham in July and it attracted over 5,000 competitors generating an estimated £3.8m for the local economy (see coverage in Notts Post).

The Games will feature 24 sports on the packed weekend programme, as well as a host of celebrations including a Grand Parade of Athletes, the Great Games Party and the SuperCentre Celebration.

Sports will include, hockey, cricket, badminton, netball, football, go Karting, golf, volleyball, tennis, basketball, running and dragon boat racing. Venues include Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Centre, Newcastle College and Trentham Gardens.

The joint Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent approach was selected by the Games organisers ahead of several other bids following the success of the Games staged in the area in 2015.

Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council, said that hosting the games again would be great for the county and provide yet another real powerful opportunity to show off what Staffordshire has to offer.

He said: “The last games were a huge success giving thousands of people from top UK companies the chance to visit and see the huge economic opportunities available in the area.  We already know what a great place it is to live, work and invest in and this is another opportunity to let the rest of the country know.  Local businesses took part in the previous Games with opportunities to meet new customers and make new contacts and I hope to see even more local firms taking part again.”

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “We’re excited to be bringing this very popular and successful event back to the city for the second time. More than 4,000 competitors took part when we hosted the event in 2015 and we are hoping to see even more people involved this year, especially businesses based here in the city. It is an event which attracts businesses from all over the UK and gives us not only fantastic exposure but a unique opportunity to sell Stoke-on-Trent from a tourism, business and leisure point of view.”

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Councillor Munday has shown support for the event for many years and even tried his hand at Dragonboat Racing

Games Director for the UK Corporate Games, Ben Sedgemore said: The Games has been staged annually in the UK since 1992 but our experience in 2015 in the region was certainly one of the best.  Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire is blessed with some fantastic facilities and a great central location and everyone enjoyed their involvement in the Games.  We had some great interest from other strong destinations for 2018 but the positive experience enjoyed by the competing organisations and ourselves last time ensured we were very keen to return.  We can’t wait now.

Another good supporter is England Legend Gordon Banks OBE who is Sport Patron for the Games again.  Gordon said, The Corporate Games will attract thousands of amateur sportsmen and women from the UK’s biggest companies to Stoke-on-Trent,  Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire over the next 18 months. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase not only the region’s economic opportunities but also our fantastic sporting facilities.

“We can be truly proud of venues like Newcastle College, Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor and Trentham Gardens. I would encourage business of all size and kind to get behind these events and make the most of the tremendous opportunities that they will create.  I know you will all enjoy them too!”

In addition to the positive vibes from the politicians the Games is already proving to be popular with organisations from across the UK.

Air Products who have offices in Crewe and Cannock as well as in Surrey and London have already  confirmed their place at the Games.  Team Leader , Pascal Van Loon said: “Air Products is looking forward to the UK Corporate Games 2018 and have already committed to entering a team.  Year-on-year I see the benefits that such an event brings, not just from an improved employee fitness level, but also from participation by our staff from different sites and offices across the UK.  The weekend creates a great sense of camaraderie and the competition drives individuals and teams to achieve more.  As team manager I am happy that Air Products can continue its longstanding 22 year tradition of being part of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community.”

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Representatives from Air Products at the UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 Grand Parade Of Participants.

Another positive response has come from 2018 Games Sponsors Wade Ceramics.

Paul Farmer OBE, the Managing Director of Wade Ceramics said, “as a local business with international connections, we will be supporting the Games as a key partner as well as making this part of a triple commitment with signing up to the Games plus two World Corporate Cup events in 2017, the World Corporate Cup of Dragon Boat Racing and the World Corporate Cup of Triathlon. Wade are not only showing that they are truly committed to supporting the health and well being of their employees but also really helping the city to prosper and bring investment in through the visitor economy and profiling the area.

Businesses interested in taking part are invited to a special celebration launch event on 4 October at Keele Hall from 1830 to 2030.  Companies can register or find out more at www.corporate-games.com or call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888.

UK Corporate Games Nottingham 2017 Hailed as a Resounding Success

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.”

Nottingham law firm Browne Jacobson's team in the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham
Nottingham law firm Browne Jacobson’s team in the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham

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.”

The Freeths team that finished sixth at the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham
The Freeths team that finished sixth at the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham

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.

Helen Richardson-Walsh officially opens the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham, alongside Games director Ben Sedgemore (left)
Helen Richardson-Walsh officially opened the UK Corporate Games 2017 in Nottingham, alongside Games Director Ben Sedgemore (left)

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 !

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For some positive Feedback on the event and some powerful testimonials please click here for the Nottingham Infographic.