100 Days to go until the UK Corporate Games Stoke and Staffordshire 2018!

Monday the 12th March will represent the 100 days to go marker for the UK Corporate Games Stoke and Staffordshire 2018.  With a successful history of Games in the UK dating back to 1992, Europe’s largest multi-sport festival for businesses is set to be a tremendous weekend.  Competitors have already registered for all of the 23 sports on the packed weekend programme and more than 4000 people from hundreds of organisations will be involved in the Games.

Large teams will come from companies like Vodafone and bet 365, with 200 entrants each representing them.  These organisations are set to do battle on the pitches,courts and tracks of the region alongside all of the other company representatives.

“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 this year.  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 again too”.

-Bob Monroe, bet365

A number of other influential organisations are signed up with teams of around 100 like Accenture, Intel, Places for People, Knights 1759, Willis Towers Watson and Brose.

However, organisers are keen to stress that the Games is for organisations of all size, kind and sector.  Local universities and councils will be represented, members of the armed services, the NHS and the police will also be involved.  Zuto an SME from Manchester will be entering 3 people into the Games and local children’s party providers Hire a Princess limited will be entering 1 tennis player.

Carol Bradley of Hire a Princess first participated in the Corporate Games in London in 1992 and played tennis for the British Airways team.  Carol said “I really enjoyed the spirit of the Games, was thrilled to play at Queens Club and Wimbledon, and had the opportunity to meet Virginia Wade OBE who presented prizes. I like to return to the UK Corporate Games whenever possible, especially this year in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, on my home soil. I was honoured to meet Gordon Banks OBE, Games Patron, at the launch ceremony. Whatever your sporting ability this is the chance you get to ‘have a go’. It is a positive, healthy and fun competition in the most friendly location – Stoke-on-Trent!”

Carol Bradley of Hire a Princess back in the Corporate Games in 1992 with Virginia Wade OBE
Carol Bradley of Hire a Princess back in the Corporate Games in 1992 with Virginia Wade OBE

Michelle Vorel-Adams, Commercial Director at Games Headquarters said,  “We treat every organisation equally regardless of the size.  We truly believe in equality of opportunity for everyone – we are open to all for the benefit of all!  So if you have not signed up already –  please get in touch and seize the tremendous array of opportunities that the Games creates.”

“With only 100 days to go and over 1,000 local employees already signed up, excitement for the games is really building.
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.  It’s also wonderful to see so many of our own local companies taking part and I’m sure they’ll reap the many benefits to be gained.”

-Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council

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Companies have the chance to get their teams together up until the 30th May so there is still plenty of time to start building your teams to experience the unique Games atmosphere.

Plus, there is a sport for everyone on the packed weekend programme and a number of high energy celebrations for people of all ages and tastes to enjoy, like the SuperCentre Celebration, the Grand Parade of Participants and the Great Games Party for people to enjoy.

To see a brochure on the Games click here

Watch the video below showing what the Games looks like in the UK as well as the inclusivity and scale of the event.

For a conversation on how you can get involved in the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism – call 01733 380 888, email UK@corporate-games.com or view corporate-games.com to see how to sign up.

Okinawa Stages a Special Weekend in a Special Year

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Impressive SuperCentre at the Okinawa Convention Centre

The first weekend of March was a special one for the Games as the inaugural Okinawa Corporate Games was staged on this idyllic Island.

Okinawa is an beautiful place, famed as a tourist destination for many years but now it has now taken it’s place as a centre for sport and business too.  With a rich cultural heritage, terrific venues and magical scenery this destination possesses some fantastic attributes to stage the Games and the quality of venues selected was exemplary.

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The Exciting Great Games Party
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Social Drinks at the Celebration Zone

In addition the hardworking Games Team on the Island ensured that there was something for everyone to enjoy regardless of their age or sporting prowess.

As well as the packed weekend of sport that Games participants have come to expect, Okinawa gave all of the entrants an excellent array of celebrations with the Grand Parade of Athletes, Great Games Party and Closing Awards particular highlights.  These components were brilliantly staged at the purpose built Celebration Zone that was constructed for the weekend in the grounds of the Official Games Headquarters Hotel, the Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort.

 

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Team OTS

Entrants came from across the world to join with local business participants to enjoy the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism.  Companies were represented that had traveled from the UK, Malaysia, Hong-Kong, Singapore, America, Taiwan and many more so, there was a truly international feel to the proceedings which was been really pleasing for the host of local supporters of the Games.

Mr Bill Torch, Team Leader from Lloyds Banking Group brought a group of 19 from the UK to be involved and he was overwhelmed by the welcome they received from the Games Hosts.  Bill sent this message to the Team there; “The Games were a fantastic success and you all should be very, very proud of what you achieved. The Games Party on Saturday and the Awards Presentation on the Sunday were the best we have ever been to. Both were an excellent experience and something we will not forget. On behalf of the team I would like to say that the people of Okinawa are lovely and made us feel very relaxed and very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. Both the hotels, the Vessel and the Hilton were brilliant, but the Hilton was out of this world. I cannot express how much we all enjoyed our time in Okinawa and we all hope to return in future”.

Mr Torch and his team were successful in winning the Division 3 Award and also the Badminton Sports Championship as well as a host of medals.

As always any first place medalist at any Corporate Games automatically gains complimentary entry into the World Corporate Games later in the year.  For those that don’t already know, the destination for that Games will be Mexico City from the 12-15th November,  so Mr Torch and some of his team could be in for a treat in November too…

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World Corporate Games

Juan Manuel Rotter Alday has been responsible for staging almost half a dozen Games in Mexico in recent years but he is really looking forward to seeing the biggest annual multi-sport festival for businesses staged in Mexico City.  This is a bustling City of over 20 Million inhabitants with a rich sporting and business history.  Juan has confirmed that the appetite from Mexican companies to be involved has been stronger than ever but he is is also keen to  encourage International visitors from around the World to join with the locals in the Games this year.  He said, ” We have an array of excellent packages available that are outstanding value and we want to ensure that every visitor will enjoy one of the best experiences of their lives.  We are so proud to have the opportunity to stage the World Corporate Games and we are already working hard to ensure it is the best that it can be – we really hope that you can join us in November”

These are just two of the Games on the varied calendar for 2015 so whether you fancy Stoke and Staffordshire or South Africa, Tokyo or Turkey, Annecy or any of the 3 great Games in Australia – or even one of our other exciting Corporate Cup’s and Games we are determined to ensure that you have the best time possible.  Plus watch this space and monitor the website for exciting new Games opportunities and announcements of projects coming to a City near you.

So, well done to the Team in Okinawa and Good luck to you and your organisation for you plans with the Worldwide Corporate Games Community this year -wherever this may take you!

Open to all for the benefit of all…

1 Year to go to the World Corporate Games Mexico City 2015

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Mexico City

With 1 year to go to the World Corporate Games Mexico City 2015 excitement is already starting to build.  Juan Manuel Rotter Alday the Director General of the Games in Mexico said ” We are proud of this great City and we are delighted to have the opportunity to stage such a prestigious event here.  Mexico City has wonderful facilities, a massive infrastructure for business and it is a exciting destination for tourist visitors.  We are looking forward to taking our involvement with the Corporate Games onto the World stage and to welcoming people from all around the World to participate”.

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Excitement Builds for Local Companies

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director at the Games World Headquarters was equally enthusiastic about the plans to stage the World Corporate Games in Mexico City, he said ” I first met Juan Manuel in 2010 and from the first moment we struck up a bond based upon trust.  It was clear to see that this was a man who understood sport and events extremely well and he was also incredibly proud of his country.  We have already worked closely with Juan Manuel and his team to stage a number of excellent Games in Monterrey, Toluca and Mexico City so it is fitting that this group will have the opportunity to stage the World Corporate Games in Mexico City next year”.

The Games is programmed to take place from the 12th-15th November 2015 and it will feature a packed 19 sport programme and host of wonderful celebrations too.

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Visitors can also expect to see fabulous architecture and buildings of real historical significance as well as meeting influential business leaders and organisations from across Mexico.

To download a brochure click here

Or for more details please contact email mex@corporate-games.com

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Good luck with your Games plans and we hope that you get to sample the rich history, incredible cuisine and warm Mexican welcome next November.