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.

Partnership Announced with the UK’s Leading Theme Park – Alton Towers

Alton Towers
The Alton Towers Resort – Has Something For Everyone – Just like the UK Corporate Games

The Corporate Games World Headquarters is delighted to announce that it has agreed an exciting partnership with Alton Towers.  The UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2018 taking place from the 21st-24th June, is all set to be a fantastic event but the venue for the Games Closing Awards Celebration had not been confirmed.

After months of deliberation by members of the Corporate Games Management Board and a review of venues across the area, it was unanimously agreed that the perfect place to stage the Games Closing Awards Celebration would be the spectacular Alton Towers.  In addition, the resort will also host the Games Team Leader Orientation event, which provides individuals with an exciting day of activities to prepare them for this year’s Games.  Any confirmed or potential Team Leader for the Games is eligible to attend the Team Leader Orientation afternoon, which is free of charge.  All guests will learn more about the plans and get to see a number of the great venues selected for the Games.

As part of the sponsorship, Alton Towers have kindly agreed to offer impressive discounts for anyone connected to the Games – including the participants, their families and colleagues.  Plus Games associates will also have a chance to reserve rooms from the suite of luxurious accommodation available at the resort.

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said “we have been overwhelmed by the quality of facilities that are available in the region from the vast indoor space at Fenton Manor to the impressive sporting surfaces at Keele, from the state of the art complex at Newcastle Under Lyme College to the beauty of Trentham Gardens, the area seems to have the lot.  This made us even more determined to see the Games Closing Awards presented in real style and we are delighted to have secured one of the genuine jewels of the region in Alton Towers.  We experienced the magic of Alton Towers back in 2015 and I had been a regular visitor to this enchanting destination in my formative years- I still believe it is one of the best venues in the UK.”

Karen Johnson, Corporate Sales Manager at Alton Towers said, ‘The Alton Towers Resort is delighted to be supporting the UK Corporate Games as Official Partners this summer.  As sponsors and hosts of the Games’ Team Leader Day on the 24th April and the Closing Awards Celebration, Alton Towers is proud to be involved in an event that will bring business people together of all abilities and from all sectors in a fun, interactive and engaging way.

Much of what the Games stands for in terms of promoting team building, enhancing staff morale and employee engagement is largely reflected in the corporate events offering that the Alton Towers Resort provides.  Where else can you exclusively hire rollercoasters for team building events and wine and dine in the depths of an aquarium?  By bringing the Games to Staffordshire in 2018, it will be a great way for participants to experience the diverse range of venues, open spaces and attractions that Staffordshire has to offer.’

Large numbers of national and Local organisations such as Vodafone, Alton Towers and bet365 will be getting active and challenging representatives of major household names from across the Country like Lloyds Banking Group, Willis Towers Watson and Intel.  However, organisations of all size and kind can enter.  Sophie Seddon of Novus Property and Housing solutions said ”

“Novus are looking forward to competing in the Corporate Games this year, it’s a great way for staff engagement and to have some fun, but it’s also a brilliant way to interact with other businesses in the area. We can’t wait!”  Novus will be entering 30 participants from across their organisation.

Michelle Vorel-Adams, Commercial Director for the Games said “we have been thrilled by the appetite of our great supporting companies to be involved this year and we see this as a resounding endorsement of the continued impact that the Corporate Games is having for businesses around the UK.  The location has proven to be as popular as we had hoped and visitors have already commented on the great array of facilities and their close proximity to each other which really helps to make the event accessible for everyone.”

Happy Medal Winners at the Corporate Games in Liverpool

The Games already has a host of great partners in Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-On-Trent City CouncilKeele University, Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire University and Newcastle College.  The Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce will also be supporting from a local business perspective.  However, other commercial partners have already joined forces like Wade Ceramics and the Stone Group.

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Don’t Miss Out

With 23 great Sports and great celebrations for everyone to enjoy what are you waiting for? So, don’t delay contact the Games team today on 0044 (0) 1733 380 888, email UK@corporate-games.com, visit our website and download your brochure here.

Remember, the Games is open to every size and kind of organisation so you don’t have to be a big business to get involved.  We are all looking forward to seeing you in June!

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About the UK Corporate Games Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire 2018

The UK Corporate Games provides an outstanding opportunity to enhance company togetherness and is an expression in real terms of many themes of corporate and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness. It is also legendary for its off-field parties, parades, prizes and celebrations. Competition is inclusive and accessible to all, with institutions, businesses, national and multinational companies, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter. Teams may include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends. There are no qualifying standards. The UK Corporate Games is open to everyone.

 

The Closing Awards Celebration concludes the successful UK Corporate Games 2015

 

Closing Awards @ Alton Towers
Closing Awards @ Alton Towers


This years Closing Awards Celebration was staged in the impressive Emperor’s Suite, Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire. As well as enjoying the wonderful surroundings and the engaging Awards Celebration, guests were treated to a delicious 3 course meal and drinks reception with both Virgin Trains and Alton Towers sponsoring this final Games component.

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This special Games Awards Celebration involved team leaders, guests, officials and VIP’s all gathering together for the evening to celebrate the fabulous success of this years Games. The Corporate Awards including: Sport and Divisional Championships, Medallist Award and the Sport For Life Grand Award were presented to the proud recipients throughout the course of the evening.

It was a superb evening and it was great to see such an impressive turnout with the luxurious room close to capacity. Ben Sedgemore the Games Director at the Games World Headquarters said: “We have been fortunate enough to stage wonderful Games all around the world but I am proud to say that this was undoubtedly one of the best.  The location and quality of the venues were really appreciated by our wonderful competing companies and we are thrilled everyone involved had such a rewarding experience in Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire.  Alton Towers is a real jewel of a venue and this exciting destination was the perfect backdrop to the culmination of the Games.  This really was a special Games and a wonderful team effort from everyone involved”.

Selection of Winners with Lord Mayor and Gordon Banks, MBE
Selection of Winners with Lord Mayor and Gordon Banks OBE

 

csc picThe Biggest winner of the night was CSC who picked up 6 Awards, including 4 Sport Championship Awards for: Cycling, Squash, Swimming and Tennis.  CSC also recorded a Worldwide Corporate Games Community record with a staggering 1128 Games points to claim the Championship Division Award for Division 8 (201+ athletes).  The Championship Division Awards celebrate the winners of each division based on overall team size.  Furthermore, the coveted Medallist Award which is presented to the organisation winning the most medals was also proudly awarded to CSC with an impressive 105 medals.

 

Medallist Awards Winners
CSC – UK Corporate Games 2015 Medallist Award Winners

England World Cup winning Legend Gordon Banks OBE, the Sport Patron for the Games received a rapturous reception from everyone in attendance and happily presented CSC’s Medallist Award as well as having pictures taken with many of the Award Winners.  Councillor Jean Bowers Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke, Kelly Burton of Virgin Trains, Ellie Jones of Alton Towers and Councillor Mark Winnington of Staffordshire County Council were some of the other Awards presenters.

EY Ernst and Young and Vodafone were also big winners, with Ernst and Young picking up four Sport Championship Awards for Basketball, Hockey, Netball and Volleyball and a Championship Division Award for Division 7.

 

vodaWhilst Vodafone was Awarded with Sport Championship Awards for Cricket 8’s, Poker, Softball and Tenpin Bowling but more importantly team Vodafone were awarded with the Sport For Life Grand Award which celebrates the largest organisation in terms of number of representatives taking part, Vodafone was awarded this Trophy for the 5th year running.  This year their tremendous team was made up of 312 athletes!
Whilst the list of other successful companies featured an incredible array of major organisations including: Lloyds Banking Group, Turner & Townsend, EDF Energy, Bentley, ASDA, Nationwide, Staffordshire Police, AXA, Sodexo, Accenture, Active Transport many smaller organisations were equally  recognised like Active Transport and PSP Insurance and Financial Solutions. The night was also a wonderful way to thank the many partners and sponsors who were instrumental in helping to deliver this spectacular Games, including:

CSC-UKCity of Stoke On TrentMake it Stoke-on-Trent & StaffordshireNewcastle-under-Lyme CollegeStaffordshire Chamber of CommerceStaffordshire County CouncilNewcastle under Lyme Borough CouncilKeele UniversityTrentham GardensStaffordshire UniversityTVF PromotionsBROSE LIMITEDAlton TowersVirgin TrainsEDF ENERGYCH2MctchelthcareSt Peter’s Academy  Sports HallThe Donna Louise Childrens HospiceThe SentinelMochaPortmeirion GroupSportsJam KitsSelect Travel ServiceBar SocialGrosvenor Casino

Thank you once again for attending the Games this year in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did! We look forward to seeing you all next year in Liverpool for the Europe Corporate Games 2016. For more information on next years Europe Corporate Games in Liverpool: Telephone: 0044 (0)1733 380888 Email: uk@corporate-games.comEurope_2016_Logo_(2)_detail