The World Corporate Games is coming to the US for 2017!

 

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Houston City Skyline

The Corporate Games World Headquarters is delighted to announce that the World Corporate Games will be returning to the USA in 2017!  After considering a number of great options, the impressive City of Houston, Texas has been awarded the Rights to Host the Games, which will be staged from the 16 – 19 November.

The inaugural World Corporate Games was staged in San Francisco in 1988 and a further two World Corporate Games followed in Concorde California and Hawaii in 1989 and 1990 respectively. Since then over 1 million Corporate athletes have represented over 26000 organisations in numerous Corporate Games around the globe in impressive Cities like London, Johannesburg, Moscow,  Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur to name a few. Houston, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States, boasts a population of nearly six million people and its reputation for hosting world-class, large-scale sporting events continues to grow. In February 2017, the eyes of the world will be tuned in to Houston for Superbowl LI, which will attract over 100 million viewers and over 1 million visitors to the City.

Janis Burke, CEO of Harris County – Houston Sports Authority said “We are honored to welcome thousands of athletes from across the globe for the World Corporate Games.  Houston is a multicultural city with rich international ties and true Texas hospitality. Our goal is to make the World Corporate Games 2017 the best in the history of the event.”

The proposed sport programme will offer over 20 sports, including Worldwide Corporate Games Community favourites such as: Soccer 6’s & 11’s, Golf, Tennis and Dragon Boat racing, as well as being complemented by a variety of popular local sports, such as: Kickball and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding.  The sports programme incorporates a great mix of sports for everyone regardless of their sporting ability and it will offer genuine business opportunities and fun for everyone involved.

Doug White – Global Partnership Director at the Corporate Games Headquarters commented, “We’re extremely excited to be bringing our flagship event to Houston in 2017, it is a fantastic city with a dynamic business community and great sports facilities. Houston will be the 5th Corporate Games in the US calendar for 2017 and promises to be one the biggest World Corporate Games ever.”

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George R. Brown Convention Center 

The US Corporate Games Team is working actively with the Harris County Sports Commission to finalise the venues and engage with local businesses in the area.  The US Team intend to leverage the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) as the hub of most of the Corporate Games activities, including the SuperCentre Celebration and the Grand Parade of Athletes. With 1.2 million square feet of exhibition, registration and meeting space, the GRB ranks among the 10 largest convention facilities in the USA making it the perfect meeting and focus point for the Games.

Contact the Games office now to register your interest.

For more information on hosting a Corporate Games in the US please contact Kurt Aichele: [email protected]

 

 

 

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The Okinawa team are preparing for a huge Games in March 2016!

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The Great Games Party – Okinawa 2015

Preparations are now well underway in Japan for the Okinawa edition of the Corporate Games. The Games will commence in March 2016,  after a huge team effort from the Okinawa Corporate Games Executive Committee and a great deal of anticipation from those taking part and the wider Worldwide Corporate Games Community. The Games will showcase the very best venue on the Island and will give businesses from all over the world the chance to experience the fantastic sporting facilities and services that Okinawa has to offer.

Here at the World Headquarters of the Corporate Games, we are thrilled for the Okinawa team and are very excited for the Games to commence next year. Japan as a whole, is a great host for the Corporate Games, with a superb Okinawa Games taking place earlier in the year and a hugely anticipated Asia-Pacific Corporate Games taking place in Tokyo next month.  The Corporate Games is continuing to grow in popularity in Japan, as it is an extremely hard-working, high achieving and active country. Those that are keen to visit the beautiful Island of Okinawa will get the chance to build relationships with the Okinawan people and businesses.  It is a wonderful experience to get a taste of their culture and they are famous across the world for their hospitable and friendly welcoming nature.  So we would be delighted to strongly encourage any organisations, from neighbouring countries or further afield to visit this fantastic part of the world and take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that exists with the Games over there.

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The Grand Parade of Athletes – Okinawa 2015

 

The Games next year are set to be huge, with organisations of all sizes signing up to compete in one of the world’s largest annual multi-sport festivals for business. The Okinawa Corporate Games will feature 16 great sports on to the programme.  2016 will be the second edition of the Games there after an incredibly successful and impressive inaugural Games earlier this year. There truly is something for everybody on the programme, including: badminton, baseball, basketball, dragon boat racing, soft darts, futsal, relay marathon, softball, table tennis, tenpin bowling, volleyball and open water swimming.

The open water swimming in particular, is being tipped by the Okinawan team to be one of the most popular sports on the programme. Partly due to the International Olympic Committee having recently confirmed a 10km-marathon open water swim as part of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as well as part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games schedule. However, the open water swimming competition is also expected to be very popular for the Corporate Games in Okinawa because of the comfortable sea temperature of 21C and the beautiful setting of the emerald blue pacific by the chatan-town coastline, where the event will take place. The swim has also been split into three separate routes to accommodate swimmers of all different abilities, including: a ‘shorter’ 1.2km course for those who wish to experience distance swimming in the sea – perhaps for the first time, a 3.1km route for those who enjoy the thrill and challenge of distance open-water swimming and enjoy healthy competition and finally, a 5/10km route for competitive athletes who might like to use the Games for training or competitive purposes.

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Sunset Beach, Okinawa

The entry fee for the Okinawa Games is set at a reasonable JPY 10,000 (roughly £55) per person. Entering into the Okinawa Games guarantees a place and participation into one of the many exciting sports on the programme as well the SuperCentre Celebration, Grand Parade of Athletes, Great Games Party, Closing Awards Celebration, a Corporate Games original sports top, as well as admission into the continually growing Worldwide Corporate Games Community. Supplements are also available for particular sports and the closing date for all admission’s is the 31st of December. So act fast to make sure you secure your sport of choice.

Entry is incredibly easy, simply complete an entry form and register your interest into the appropriate sport.

 

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Okinawan team as they will be more than happy to help. All the necessary information can be found below:

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The Okinawa Corporate Games team!

and please take a look through the Okinawa Corporate Games 2016 Brochure

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Cape Town Stages a Wonderful Corporate Games 2015!

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The Cape Town Corporate Games took place over the weekend with great success. This Games has been staged successfully in South Africa since 2012, and has been growing to become an exciting annual multi-sports festival with thousands of athletes taking part this year to get fit for business!

A host of high profile companies took part this year like: Turkish Airlines, Shell, Grand West, Absa, FlySAA and many more, the weekend saw a healthy competition ranging across 10 dynamic sports, including: action cricket, dragon boat racing, golf, karting, action netball, tenpin bowling, table tennis, trial running, soccer 5’s and mountain biking. With fantastic venues and facilities the Games proved to be another huge success in Cape Town and all of the feedback so far has been extremely positive.

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Cape Town Corporate GamesAlong with the fun-filled and action packed sporting activities across the weekend, there were also many chances for celebrating in true Games style. The Supercentre Celebration kicked off the weekend perfectly at the Grand West Casino and Entertainment World – the largest entertainment destination of it’s kind in South Africa. The Games also saw a successful Games Celebration and Parade along with the Closing Celebration also taking place at Grand West – the official host venue for the Cape Town Corporate Games.grandwest-exterior-evening_jpg_sunimage_1400_730

 

The Corporate Games has been growing year upon year now in South Africa and we are proud of the successes being made and excited for the future Games to be held in this fantastic part of the World.

 

Watch this space for the Official Results booklet which should be released soon.

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