UK Corporate Games Team Leader Orientation Day is a Great Success

Europe’s largest multisport festival for businesses, the UK Corporate Games is coming to Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire from the 21st-24th June. Preparations for the event are well underway and over recent days the Games team staged an exciting programme of activities for the Team Leader Orientation Day. Dedicated Team Leaders from organisations such as IBM, Lloyds Banking Group, Capital One, Safran Landing Systems and a host of others relished the opportunity to get their first glimpse of the range of venues that will be hosting the Games. The event attracted Team Leaders from Preston, London, Coventry, Swindon and throughout the UK as well as local business people from Staffordshire who were keen to learn more about how the Games can benefit their business.

The journey began at Fenton Manor Sports Complex before heading to the Conference Centre at the Alton Towers Resort for an opportunity to network with other colleagues, experience the great theme park facilities and hear more about the exciting programme on offer for the Games weekend.

Team Leader Orientation Day

Oblivion 5Heart-Stopping Excitement on the Exclusive Oblivion RideOblivion

Team Leaders then continued their action packed day to see an array of impressive venues which will be hosting the sport and celebrations for the Games across Stoke and Staffordshire.  Many were surprised by what was available in the region and all were seemingly impressed by the great indoor capacity at Fenton Manor, the incredible investment and regeneration that has taken place at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, the picturesque beauty of Trentham Gardens, the extensive facilities at Keele University as well as the fantastic location of the SuperCentre at the Staffs University Sports Centre and Student Complex (which is walking distance from Stoke train station). Other great venues visited on the tour included, Trentham Park Golf Club which is perfectly located for this popular sport in the Games and Fast Lane Karting, one of the best facilities of its kind in the area!

Very positive feedback has been received about the Team Leader event from organisations which have both recently joined the Games family, as well as those who have been supporting the events for many years which is all testament to how much the Games has to offer businesses as a complete package!

“We’ve had a fantastic day visiting the sites that will be home to this year’s corporate games, this being the 1styear Carphone Warehouse have entered, after today I’m happy we’re part of the corporate games family. Meeting people from companies that have returned year after year for the games and hearing how the games has positively impacted their business and employees was fantastic. As well as meeting everyone in the excellent support network offered by the Corporate Games team”.

– Sarah Brown, Team leader for Carphone Warehouse

“The event has been a wonderful day. The facilities look really fantastic and I’m sure the Games will be superb. The ride on Oblivion was brilliant and the lunch at Alton Towers was exceptional”.

– Bill Torch, Team Leader from Lloyd’s Banking Group

Games Director Ben Sedgemore commented “ We have all had a fabulous day and I know we have surprised a lot of people with the quality of what is available in this region.  The facilities are superb and in Alton Towers there is a really unique environment.  People are familiar with the Park’s outstanding reputation as one of the prime entertainment parks in the world but in addition to this, people may not realise that they have one of the best hospitality and conferencing programmes that we have seen.  We would be happy to recommend it to anyone based upon our experience”.

Alton Towers was also successful in being awarded the UK Corporate Games Closing Awards celebration too so guests and Games winners can look forward to that treat following the event.

The Games is open to everyone regardless of the size of the Organisation being represented and there really is something for everyone in the packed 23 sport, business and celebratory programme

Companies have up to 30th May to register and can do so at corporate-games.com, emailing Uk@corporate-games.com or by calling 01733 380888 for more details.

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Notes to editor

Ernst and Young will be entering their 23rd consecutive Games with Willis Towers Watson celebrating 13 consecutive years with 150 entrants.  Brose, Places For People, Staffs Police and Accenture will field over 100 entrants and Vodafone and local company bet365 will have over 200 entrants each but small teams and 1 person enterprises are equally welcomed.  The Games is Open to all for the benefit of all.

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.