UCLan To Host UK Corporate Games Business Enterprise Day

 

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Whether you are participating in the UK Corporate Games or you are a senior manager here to support your team, everyone is invited to UCLan’s Business Enterprise Day.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has evolved over the years to become a world class institution, recognised with its inclusion in the 2010 QS World Rankings – the first Modern University in the UK to gain this status.

With 11 areas of research judged ‘world leading’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, UCLan has the global recognition of its peers, with a focus on applied research and the impact it has on the business community, regional, nationally and internationally.UCLAN_BUSINESS GAMES_A4_v4

Come along to this event and see a number of UCLan’s business-related initiatives including:

  • EvoFit – a innovative facial recognition system used by police forces around the globe
  • Their environmental and energy partnerships with industry
  • Our biomechanical testing we’ve facilitated with companies
  • UCLan’s relationship with global names such as NASA, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Wigan Warriors and Cisco Systems

With a world class reputation firmly rooted in relevance, UCLan is focused on a future of providing innovative thinking for the real world.  It will be a “drop in” event between the hours of 1400 and 1630.

The Games always provides the ultimate mix of Sport , Business and Tourism so don’t miss out on this great opportunuty to benefit your business.

This event is free, but please register your interest now to confirm your place via:

Email: Business@uclan.ac.uk

Phone:  01772 895 500

Web:  uclan.ac.uk

Be Prepared for Wet Weather…Get a Gazebo!

British Summertime is upon us so it’s anyone’s guess what the weather will bring across the Games weekend!  Recent flash flooding experienced throughout the UK as a result of torrential rain caused havoc up and down the country – and the forecast continues to be dubious at best.  Sadly, guaranteeing sunshine isn’t within the control of the Games office!  The Royals could not arrange it for the Jubilee and unfortunately we are in the same position despite Preston City Council’s confident reassurances and our relentless positive thinking! Therefore despite crossing our fingers and toes – we will all be at the mercy of the clouds for the Games weekend.

It pays to be prepared for rain, so here are some suggestions to help minimise disruption for you and your team mates.

Wet Weather Tips

1.  Bring a Gazebo

There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the side of the football field between matches in the pouring rain.  Several teams are opting to take wet weather cover in the form of garden Gazebos to shield them from strong sun, or more likely, wet weather.  Found in most local supermarkets and online catalogues, gazebos can be affordable and in good supply, helping to keep kit and food dry as well as your team!  Do consider bringing one along – particularly if participating in an outdoor field sports such as:Muddy Scrum

Soccer 5s
Soccer 6s
Soccer 11s
Dragon Boat
Rugby 7s
Touch
Hockey
Softball
Netball
Cricket 8s

 

There is shelter at all of our venues but your own Gazebo will give you some extra (moveable) protection.

2.   Wet Weather Gear

Advise your teams to bring their waterproofs!  Waterproof, breathable jackets, trousers and hats that you can throw on between games to help keep dry.  Dry = Happy.

3.  Wear The Right Fabrics

Right, time to get scientific!  To help keep you dry, or at least comfortable.  Often, clothing made with polypropylene, Dri-Fit, Thinsulate or Gore-Tex fabrics will keep water and sweat away from your skin.  Select clothing containing breathable fabrics to help keep you dry and warm.  Where possible, avoid materials like cotton – once they are wet, they stay wet!  This is especially important where feet are concerned, so consider socks made of wool, merino wool and CoolMax – these can be found in most outdoor stores.

4. Layer Up

Ask any outdoor athlete and they will tell you that layering is the best way to keep warm when competing in cold weather.  It’s important to pay attention to the most important layer – the one closest to your body.  By wearing a base layer to keep water and sweat away from your skin, with a mid-layer over the top and an outer layer to wear between games.

5.  Spare Changes of Clothing & Shoes

Bring an extra pair of trainers, giving you something warm and dry to change into at the end of the day.  Double up on kit – extra tops, trousers and jackets, giving you something dry to change into for the rest of the weekend.

10 Day Weather Forecast

The Weather Channel’s 10-day Weather Forecast gives some clues on the weather as we lead up to the event.

Whatever the weather will be, we are confident our athletes will have a fantastic time and make the best come rain or shine.  Having said that….Games Office will be performing a Sun Dance every day at 9am in an effort to encourage a weekend of warm weather!

Tsogo Sun Set to Storm the Cape Town Corporate Games

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Employees at Tsogo Sun are preparing for domination – as they limber up for the City’s very first Cape Town Corporate Games later this month.  Tsogo Sun – the Official Hotel Provider for the Games – are big supporters of the inaugural sports celebration, proudly sponsoring across the weekend at a variety of sports and celebrations. 

Ms Courtney Craul, Reservations Manager for Tsogo Sun commented today:

“With just two weeks to go – The Tsogo Sun employees that are taking part in the Cape Town Corporate Games are rearing to go and looking forward to some friendly competition.”

With a portfolio of over 90 hotels and over 14 500 rooms, Tsogo Sun has one of the widest distributions of hotels in Africa, the Middle East and the Seychelles.  Over 200 Tsogo Sun staff are preparing to take part in the Games, with individual athletes and teams participating from hotels across the whole of Cape Town.  

With 200 athletes swapping ties for tracksuits, hotel hospitality is replaced by good sportsmanship on the fields as their participants play for fun, fitness…and those all important points and medals!

Good luck to all Tsogo Sun athletes!

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Visit the Tsogo Sun Official Website

BAE Systems Soars in as Silver Sponsor for Preston Games

 

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BAE Systems joins participating organisations from around the UK and the North West for the 19th UK Corporate Games.  The global defence company joins thousands of everyday athletes for Europe’s largest corporate multi sport festival, which takes place in the city of Preston in less than 2 months time.

BAE Systems is one of the largest employers in the North-West and a major centre for British defence and its aerospace industry.  Although it does have a presence in Preston, its Military Aircraft Headquarters is based in nearby Warton, where its airfield hosts a major assembly and testing facility for BAE Systems Military Air and Information.  It also has another sister site within Lancashire, within adjoining Samlesbury.

BAE Systems has many global locations and multi-disciplinary functions worldwide.  Its Lancashire sites employ thousands of staff to design and build fixed wing military aircraft and training aircraft, whilst providing training, support and information services for the UK RAF and many other customers worldwide.  From sophisticated cyber services and military support, to mission critical electronic systems and protection equipment, BAE Systems aims to be at the forefront of defence technology and science….and now the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community!

We look forward to welcoming the BAE Systems staff at this year’s Games.  Good luck to all its competitors! 

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The Lancashire Business Channel Wants to Hear From Your Business!

If your business is entering a team in Preston’s UK Corporate Games this year, then exclusive media partner, the Lancashire Business Channel wants to hear from you.

The channel, which is the only video-based news portal and directory for businesses in Lancashire will be covering the entire Games in July.  However, the team are also looking to capture the stories behind those companies taking part, bringing to life the personalities behind the branding.  There will be news stories, profile videos and page sponsorship opportunities.

If you’d like to take the opportunity to promote your business through Lancashire’s only business focussed video news portal, then get in touch on 01282 607844 or visit www.lancashirebusinesschannel.co.uk.

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Introducing Official Transport Provider Waltons Coaches – Getting you to and from the Games

We are delighted to welcome Waltons Coach Hire Company as our newest supporter of the 2012 UK Corporate Games in Preston.

Official Transport Provider Waltons Coaches are committed to cruising our athletes to and from our busy venues across the Games weekend.  Situated in the quiet village of Freckleton, close to the city of Preston and within easy reach of the motorway network, their experienced drivers are helpful, courteous and are well presented in the company uniform, with outstanding knowledge of the local area.

Waltons Coaches are on standby and ready to take your bookings!

Vehicles available for hire include:


(All transport options include fitted seat belts.)

For the past 25 years Waltons Coaches have been hiring out coaches and buses for private and contract work. For more information please phone our friendly office team, who will be happy to speak to you and quote you on any job.

Are you a team leader?  Do you or your team require transport in or around Preston across the Games weekend this July?  For hassle free transfer from hotel to sports venue to celebrations, make Waltons Coaches your preferred Transport Partner.

Contact Jill, Sales Manager for Waltons Coaches for quotes and to build a transport solution for your Games itinerary:

Tel           +44 (0) 1772 634 563
Mobile    +44 (0) 788 567 2770
Email      jill@waltonscoaches.co.uk

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Jaguar Land Rover Motor into the Games as they Celebrate 50 Years

Whether you are a lover of the big and bold Range Rover Evoque, or a die-hard fan of the smooth and sleek Jaguar XF – everyone will agree that Jaguar Land Rover is a company continuing to build on its proud heritage as a manufacturer of British motors.

The UK Corporate Games would like to welcome Jaguar Land Rover back onto the track as our Official Vehicle Provider for the 19th UK Corporate Games.

Jaguar Land Rover are in fact celebrating 50 years of operation at its Halewood plant, located just outside Liverpool, a mere stone’s throw away Preston, the home of Europe’s largest corporate multi sport festival for 2012.  Staff at the Jaguar Land Rover Halewood plant are limbering up for what’s guaranteed to be a fantastic weekend of sport, business and tourism.  Some are even looking to defend sporting titles that were secured at the last Games staged in the North-West of England, the UK Corporate Games Liverpool 2010.

Over 60 Years On and Still Going Strong
The Halewood Plant has got every reason to celebrate!  The first Land Rover made its debut in 1948. It was designed with brilliant simplicity for extraordinary ability and unrivalled strength and durability. In fact, six decades on it is estimated that two-thirds of all these incredible vehicles are still at work – many of them in some of the most extreme conditions and inhospitable places on earth.

Learn more about the History and Heritage of the Land Rover.

Over 50 years later…this culture of innovation has continued to develop with both Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles featuring new models, more refinement, more innovative technology, more efficiency and fewer emissions. Though the Brand is incredibly strong it is never complacent, as demonstrated by it’s continued attempts to improve with initiatives such as e_Terrain Technologies (which improves the environmental performance of vehicles by reducing CO2 emissions), Sustainable Manufacturing and CO2 Offsetting. Land Rover will undoubtedly remain at the forefront of advanced design – keeping it at the cutting edge of technology and engineering.  This drive, determination and powerful relationship with the Sport, Business and Tourism market clearly make Jaguar Land Rover an ideal partner for the Corporate Games.

From humble beginnings:  LRX Concept and ‘Huey,’ the First Production Land Rover From 1948, at Solihull Facility in England.

The UK Corporate Games would like to welcome Jaguar Land Rover – Halewood Plant to the Worldwide Corporate Sports Community!

Games Giveaway
Keep your eyes peeled for our Corporate Games Land Rover Discovery 4 as it makes its way around the North West recruiting teams for the Games!
The first 10 people to post a photo of the Corporate Games Discovery onto Twitter (@CorpGamesUK) will win a complimentary entry into the UK Corporate Games!  Happy snapping!

www.jaguarlandrover.com

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The UK Corporate Games Welcomes Surridge – Official Kit Partner

Look Like A Team, Play Like A Team.   That’s what Surridge Sport firmly believes in….and so do we!

The UK Corporate Games is delighted to welcome Surridge Sports on board as our Official Kit Partner and latest Games Sponsor.

Conveniently located just down the road from Preston in nearby Burnley, Surridge Sports can be traced all the way back to 1867, where the company was founded as a popular manufacturer of cricket bats.  Many cricketing legends, the likes of which include W.G. Grace, were familiar with the brand – leading to global demand and brand recognition.  A staggering 145 years later, the Group have expanded to include a range of sports equipment solutions, along with a diverse range of team wear.  They are the Official Kit Suppliers for Bury FC and are the biggest supplier in County level Cricket whilst also producing bespoke and stock items in football, hockey, rugby and netball, as well as training bags, training kit and leisurewear.

The Corporate Games team are thrilled to have the support of Surridge Sports for the 19th UK Corporate Games.  With the event building in numbers from both local and national teams, Surridge are keen to assist any participating teams who may require kit for the Games this July.  They have an outstanding array of options and the capacity to deliver great quality, on time.

Ian Young, of Surridge Sports is happy to handle all your team wear needs:

Tel    01282 418444
 Email Ian

A massive welcome to the Surridge Sports team as they become the newest addition to our Worldwide Corporate Sports Community!

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Invincibles Catering Ltd Announced Official Catering Partner for UK Games

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The UK Corporate Games are very proud to announce Invincibles Catering Ltd as its Official Catering Partner for the 2012 Games in Preston.

Invincibles Catering are a prestigious catering and hospitality company based at Preston North End Football Club, where they have provided excellence in match day catering and hospitality since 2008.  They also offer a non-match day catering service, with their on-site operation offering a range of facilities and bespoke services for private parties, wedding celebrations and corporate events and banqueting.

Athletes and teams competing in the Games now have the option to experience catered hospitality at its best, as Invincibles Catering prepares to convert Preston North End stadium into a drop-in canteen for the Games in luxurious settings, with style and 5-start service.

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Athletes can enjoy breakfast, lunchtime and evening meal options, making it a perfect solution for our Weekend Sports Warriors, who all have appetites to match their competitive spirit in and between the weekend of sport and socials.

The prestigious event, taking place in July, deliberately coincides with the City’s Guild Year and the Preston North End Club is delighted one of its two official caterers has netted the contract.

 

 

Adam Franklin, Chief Executive of Invincibles Catering:

“To be chosen as the catering partner for such a prestigious event is a testament to the fantastic team we have at Preston North End Football Club and our ability to deliver.  This is a significant financial win for Invincibles Catering and in the short term it will create two new positions within the company.”

Doug White, Marketing and Sponsorship Manager of the Corporate Games, added:

“We are delighted to welcome Invincibles catering as an official partner to the 2012 UK Corporate Games.  With thousands of athletes and hundreds of organisations heading to the city of Preston for a weekend of sport and celebrations, it is imperative that our competitiors are offered quality food at competitive prices.
Invincibles Catering have put together some great package options which will be ideal for our competing teams.”

To enquire about catering and / or hospitality across the Games weekend:

Email Claire Cross  (Sales and Marketing Manager – Invincibles Catering)
Telephone +44 (0)1772  759 900

or visit the Invincibles Catering Website

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Barclays Corporate Welcomes Dragon Crews as Newest Sponsor

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A massive welcome to Barclays Corporate as our latest Bronze Champion.  Barclays Corporate are eagerly anticipating the Dragonboat racing event at the UK Corporate Games Preston 2012 and this is a team that look set to make a real splash at Riversway in July.

With its Lancashire offices located next to Riversway in the heart of Preston, Official venue for the Dragon Boat Racing, Barclays Corporate are planning a massive welcome for all competitors taking part in one of the most celebrated events on the Games programme.

Dragon Boat Racing at the Corporate Games remains one our most popular and fun-filled events – and this year is guaranteed to be no exception!  With teams travelling from London, Birmingham, Derby, Newbury and Liverpool to name a few, spirits will be high and the drums will be beating as the 19-man crews get ready for 2-days of racing and fun.

Barclays Corporate have thrown themselves into the deep end…literally!

With a clear focus on supporting their client’s success, Barclays Corporate provides integrated banking solutions to businesses, serving a global network of relationship, industry sector and product specialist managers, providing tailored solutions to meet their needs. These include lending, risk management, trade, cash and liquidity management, and specialist asset and sales financing.

With over 300 years of corporate banking experience and commitment in building and maintaining strong relationships, Barclays Corporate would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone taking part in this year’s Dragon Boat event.

Barclays Corporate are ready to take the plunge…are you?

Entries are limited for the Dragon Boat event but there’s still time to enter!

To register your team, telephone +44 (0)1733 380 888 or email us for more information.

Visit the Corporate Games website for more information.