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 [email protected]

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

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.

UK Corporate Games chooses local Children’s Brain Tumour Charity for 2017

The UK Corporate Games is proud to announce that the Nottingham’s Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre has been named as the official charity for 2017.

Open to companies of all sizes, the UK Corporate Games will be held 6th – 9th July 2017 at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham and a number of other great venues in the region.

 

We’re looking forward to the Games and proud to be supporting this local charity in Nottingham. They’re doing great work to tackle such a terrible disease. Companies that choose a charity of the year to benefit from their team building activities find that the cause brings people together from across the organisation in ways that they wouldn’t be able to achieve otherwise.

– Ben Sedgemore, UK Games Director

 

The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre works to tackle some of the most challenging issues in brain tumour treatment. On average, children in the UK wait up to three times longer for a brain tumour diagnosis than those in other developed countries. The Headsmart campaign aims to double survival rates and halve the harm caused by brain tumours and the aggressive treatments that need to be used to eradicate tumour cells.

The opportunity to connect with members of the Worldwide Corporate Games Community was an unexpected and delightful development. May the best man or woman win!

 

-Professor David Walker, Co-Director of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre and Professor of Paediatric Oncology

 

Katie Lockhart – Addressing the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community about The Childrens Brain Tumour Research Centre

Prolonged and slow diagnosis can make long-term survivors up to ten times more likely to suffer from a physical or learning impairment, while some treatments can have long-lasting effects including learning difficulties, hearing loss and problems with physical development.

The Centre for Children’s Brain Tumour Research are eager to find other companies and supporters who can help them to continue their work. Academics at The University of Nottingham are leading the UK arm of a large international clinical trial for a type of children’s brain tumour called Ependymoma. The trial will treat around 150 children and young people in the UK and 350 from around the world, helping to determine the best ways to treat tumours.

Researchers aim to find the most successful treatment option with the fewest side effects for patients and to learn more about the biology of the disease. The trial will run for five years and follow patients for up to ten years.

Nottingham companies who have yet to choose a charity for 2017 can get in touch with the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre to find out more about how they can work together by emailing Louise Shaw [email protected] or calling 0115 74 84809.

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Visit our Games page to find out more by clicking the visit button below or Call us on +44 (0) 17 33 380 888.

 

Sheriff of Nottingham Welcomes the UK Corporate Games 2017 at the Official Launch

The Sheriff of Nottingham welcomed the UK Corporate Games to the City of Nottingham in front of a packed crowd at the Official Launch.

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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.

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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]

To see the coverage in the Nottingham Post please click here.

Corporate Cup Programme Hailed as Great Success in Stoke

 

The Europe Corporate Cup programme came to a spectacular conclusion on Saturday with visitors from far and wide heralding the events as a wonderful success. The players played, the paddlers paddled and the sun shone brightly on all of the friends, families and supporters throughout the day!

With the City of Stoke on Trent celebrating its status as European City of Sport 2016, competitors came from far and wide to participate in the Europe Corporate Cup’s of Netball and Dragonboat Racing.

The Dragonboat Racing honours were won exclusively by teams from outside of the County with National Grid taking First place, QVC from Merseyside taking second and UClan from Preston securing 3rd.  That said the Pirates from Portmeirion and Team Open also won a few hearts!

happy-dgr-medalistsTeams registered at the impressive Cadwaladers Cafe in Trentham Gardens on Saturday morning before making their way to the beautiful Trentham Lake for the Dragonboat Racing or the expansive Fenton Manor for the netball.
img_0465 Councillor Terry Follows, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at the city council, said: “We’re very pleased the organisers have decided to bring these events to our city. The Corporate Games last year were a huge success and left people in no doubt not only of our ability to stage high-profile events, but also the quality of sporting facilities we have to offer. This is another example of how being the UK’s European City of Sport is raising our profile and helping us to attract events like these, which might not have come here in the past. The influx of visitors which these events will bring gives a welcome boost to our local tourism sector”.  Actions speak louder than words though, with Cllr Follows actually participating in the event, proudly banging the Dragonboat Drum for the City with his colleagues.  The Lord Mayor Cllr Anthony Munday also showed that he was also up for the challenge by paddling away with Angela Smith and other members of the Council team.

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Cllr Follows beats the drum for the City of Stoke on Trent

The Europe Corporate Cup of Netball saw local teams perform even better with the City Council securing a deserved 2nd place over a strong Ernst and Young team from London who finished 3rd.  However, Staffordshire Police were again the queens of the Courts as they won all seven of their pool and elimination games which saw them crowned worthy champions.  Victoria Pritchard of England Netball was involved in the delivery of the event and she said “It was terrific to work with the Corporate Games team and the City of Stoke for this inaugural event.  The spirit and camaraderie on the day was exemplary and the standard of facilities at Fenton Manor was excellent.  We would encourage teams of all abilities to consider getting involved next year as we know you won’t regret it.”

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Smiling Faces at Fenton Manor

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said, “we would like to thank everyone who assisted and participated in the Europe Corporate Cup programme this year.  We are fortunate to stage Games and Cups in great Cities all around the world but we are proud to say that Stoke On Trent is one of our favourite destinations.  The local leaders are pushing hard to put this great City onto the international sporting map as well as creating a lasting sporting legacy for the City.  We support everything they are trying to achieve and everyone in the area should be proud of the aspirations that the City has.  We are already looking forward to next year and everyone can be involved again!

Please click here to take our post Cup feedback survey.

Click here for some of the great photos from the day.

Also, to celebrate the 2016 Europe Corporate Cup taking place in Stoke-on-Trent’s ‘European City of Sport’ year, Hanley-based social enterprise Cox Bank Publishing is collecting stories about the netball and dragon boat competitions – written by you! They are looking for short stories which capture your memories of the day, your training mishaps or adventures, what inspired you to enter – anything and everything that captures the spirit of the Cup’s.  We’d love to hear your voice through your words and pictures (photos capturing your day are very welcome). A 20 word poem is fine, or anything up to a 2,000 word story – it’s up to you. As many contributions as possible will be published on Cox Bank Publishing’s website and the best ones will have a chance of being published in a book later this year, celebrating Stoke-on-Trent’s sporting year.  Note that by “best” we mean funny, sad, thought-provoking, inspiring, memorable, or just plain entertaining – your words, about your experience. See www.sportingstories.com for more information. Please email your stories to [email protected]

UK Corporate Games 2017 Awarded to the City of Nottingham!

Following the recent success of the Europe Corporate Games Liverpool 2016, the Corporate Games World Headquarters is extremely excited to announce that the UK Corporate Games 2017 has been Awarded to the City of Nottingham.

After a thorough consideration of a number of great potential destinations we are pleased to confirm that Nottingham is the unanimous choice of the Games Inspection Committee.

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The UK Corporate Games is Europe’s largest annual multi sports festival for businesses and it will be taking place between the 6th- 9th July. The Games Headquarters will be working closely with partners from Nottingham Conferences, Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council, University of Nottingham Sport and luxury hotel company Principal Hayley Group to develop the ultimate mix of sport business and tourism for as many people as possible. Everyone is aiming to make this the very best Corporate Games in its 30 year history.

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said “We have been blown away by the quality and the number of impressive facilities that are available in Nottingham and staging the next UK Corporate Games there presents us with a wonderful opportunity. We are confident that with its powerful business infrastructure and central location that Nottingham will be an extremely popular destination for business visitors from across the UK and beyond as well as the local populace.”

The City boasts an array of first class sports facilities and many of these will be showcased over the Games weekend. In addition there are more than two thousands bedrooms available on the campus as well as numerous 2-5 Star hotels in the surrounding area to cater for everyone’s needs.

Andrew May, General Manager of Nottingham Conferences commented “We are thrilled that together with our bid partners, Principal Hayley Group and Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, we have secured the UK Corporate Games for 2017 for the City of Nottingham. This is a great opportunity to bring the city together and for us to showcase our brand new £40m David Ross Sports Village, the latest addition to an already stellar collection of state-of-the-art sporting facilities available at the university.” The addition of this enormous world class venue should enable the Games team to stage at least 15 sports on campus. With the ability to have both accommodation and sport all on one site an impressive ‘sports village environment’ will be created for everyone to enjoy. This will deliver a wonderful platform to promote team building, company and business engagement as well as improving workplace health & well-being.

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The UK Corporate Games provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance company togetherness and is an expression of corporate and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness. It is also legendary for its exciting Celebrations like the SuperCentre, Great Games Party, Grand Parade and Closing Awards. Competition is open to all, with organisations, businesses, national and multinational companies, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter. Teams can include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends. There are no qualifying standards.

This is an exceptionally exciting time for the City of Nottingham, as the UK Corporate Games 2017 will bring thousands of participants together from hundreds of different organisations to compete. The Games will enable company representatives to develop strong relationships and contacts with businesses from all sectors.

For more information about the UK Corporate Games 2017 view www.corporate-games.com, email [email protected] or call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 for a discussion on the plans, packages and participation…

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Stoke-on-Trent will host the Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer, Netball and Dragonboat Racing

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The Corporate Cup Team is pleased to confirm that the City of Stoke on Trent has won the rights to stage 3 great Europe Corporate Cups this year in recognition of its status as European City of Sport 2016.

The three Cups are open to everyone regardless of your fitness level, your ability, gender, age or location!

Football, netball and Dragonboat Racing are the three chosen sports.

The programme kicks off with the Europe Corporate Cup of Soccer 27th-29th May which will be staged in partnership with Stoke City Football Club.  This fabulous football festival will give entrants an incredible experience as participants and supporters will get to see everything that this Premier League Football Club has to offer, as well as enjoying competition and celebrations galore in a real value for money weekend.

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World Corporate Games Liverpool 2014

On Friday, competing teams will register at the Britannia Stadium in one of the luxurious corporate hospitality suites and enjoy the social side of this great facility whilst meeting their sport coordinators, seeing the schedules and sampling the atmosphere at this great professional ground.

On Saturday morning they will play 6 or 11 –a-side on the impressive surfaces at the recently refurbished Staffordshire University before returning to the Britannia for a Grand Parade of Teams, which will showcase the Club’s pitch, changing rooms and match day facilities.

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Britannia Stadium – Stoke-on-Trent

After this you can take your seat in the lavish Waddington Suite to watch the UEFA Champions League final, enjoying a social drink with your team mates, family and supporters.

Then on Sunday, it is eliminations and finals day with everyone getting the opportunity to sample the terrific facilities and playing surfaces at the Club’s Clayton Wood Training ground.  You will get to play on the pitches where the Premier League pro’s practice their skills on a daily basis and test yourself against your opponents on the slick grass surfaces.

Then it is back to the Britannia to finish off the weekend in style at the Cup Closing Awards Celebration where medals and awards will be presented.

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Click for the Europe Corporate Cup Brochures for Soccer, Netball and Dragonboat Racing.

To reserve your place call 0044 (0) 1733 380 888 or email [email protected]

www.europecorporatecup.com

See you at the CUP!

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