Local Companies of All Sizes Signing up to the Games in 2018

Wade Ceramics

We recently brought you a story about companies travelling from far and wide to enter the UK Corporate Games Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire 2018, well we are pleased to say that many local companies have been jumping on board too!

Companies in the Games, come in all shapes and sizes and from all industry sectors, so whether you are massive multinational, a single owner enterprise or something in-between, the Games is for you!

Aspire Housing has recently confirmed a desire to send a team of at least 10 into the Games. Sinead Butters – Chief Executive or Aspire Housing said “We’re committed to investing more into our local communities and we’re delighted to be participating in the Corporate Games when it returns to Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire next year.  This is a real opportunity for us to showcase our sporting venues and the region as a whole to the world, and I’m delighted colleagues from across Aspire Housing and PM Training will be a part of it.”   This point was reiterated by Tracey Johnson – Executive Director – Corporate Services at Aspire Housing,  “We’re delighted to be supporting the Corporate Games again next year.  We’ll have a team of colleagues from across our Aspire Housing and PM Training businesses based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke, who are looking forward to demonstrating their sporting skills in front of their home crowd!  This is a great opportunity for us to give something back to our colleagues and also support our region, and it reinforces our ways of working that promote wellbeing.” 

Wade Ceramics will entering 50 entrants and will also be producing fantastic medals and Awards for all of the winners. Newcastle Borough Council is also submitting between 30-60 entrants as they know the Games will be terrific for morale, workforce well-being and productivity. However, the largest team from a local organisation to date is bet365 who recently signed up for 200 entrants.

bet365 Group HR Director, Bob Monro said ” 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 Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire 2018.  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 too”.

bet365 had a strong representation in 2015 but they are looking to come back with even bigger numbers for 2018 after such a positive experience for their entrants last time around.

Wade Ceramics have already been involved in the World Corporate Cup of Dragonboat Racing which took place in September at Trentham Gardens.  Their team of dragonboat novices of all abilities had a great day and represented the Organisation with distinction.

Wade Ceramics Paddling with Power

Plus, with Christmas on the horizon, there is still time to take advantage of the penultimate early entry discount offer, which is available for reservations made before the Christmas break.  Both bet365 and Aspire Housing both secured a 7.5% early entry discount, so if you are keen to make a saving please contact the Games office today on +44 (0) 1733 380 888 or email [email protected]

So what are you waiting for?  Give your staff something to look forward to and get active for in 2018, it is one of the best investments that you can make…

Breaking News: We have something special in Store for keen cyclists everywhere!



Cycling was a great success at the Word Corporate Games last year in Liverpool and resultantly we have been inundated with requests to include this growing sport on this year’s programme. In an attempt to satisfy these calls the Corporate Games Team have viewed a number of possibilities across the region and we now feel that we have found the perfect venues for these special events. So we are delighted to confirm that Cycling has recently been added to our packed 23 sport weekend programme for the UK Corporate Games Stoke and Staffordshire 2015.

There are not one but two cycling event disciplines that you can select and participants can enter 1 event or both. First up we have the challenging multi-lap 40K Road Race circuit AND the following day will see the staging of a difficult 16K Time Trial.

For the 40K Road Race we have decided that the perfect destination is the Curborough Sprint Course. It is a little bit further away from the main venues for this year’s Games but it is easily accessible by road and nestled near Lichfield in the outer edge of the County of Staffordshire. The course has a great reputation for car racing but it is also a British Cycling approved performance centre and this should make it the perfect destination for our Saturday morning Road Race. The road surface is in excellent condition and the sweeping bends and fast straights will make it an exciting challenge for cyclists of all abilities.


Then on Sunday morning we have the CTT approved Time Trail race in Lichfield over a challenging 16k to blow the cobwebs away after the Great Games Party on Saturday night! For anyone who wants to get a first glimpse of the road circuit feel free to have a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re3z5ttEx-A.  PS- we did not choose the music!

Resounding Success For Corporate Games Tokyo

Tokyo Parade1

The Games World Headquarters is delighted to confirm that a wonderful  Corporate Games was staged in the great City of  Tokyo at the end of September.  With more than 6000 entrants and over 250 organisations participating, the Games has been hailed as a resounding success.

The Games featured Organisations in all 10 divisions with Mitsui Fudosan entering the largest Team and winning the prestigious Sport For Life Grand Award with over 600 entrants.  Mitsui were instrumental in supporting the Games in Tokyo.

Masao Tejima, Chairman of Corporate Games Tokyo 2014 said “It was incredible days in Tokyo. Over 6,000 competitors took part in Corporate Games Tokyo . Each of them had unforgettable memory. Thank you very much for joining us”.

These sentiments were echoed by Mr Tooru Inoue, Chief Executive Officer of the Residential division at Mitsui Fudosan, who said ” this Games was really special, over all, 13500 people including entrants, officials and volunteers and people who joined accompanying events gathered in Tokyo Bayside area and interacted with each other. I believe this will help local revitalization. With this Games as a start, I plan to deploy various efforts focusing on activating the Community”.

The Relay Marathon was the most popular sport with more than 1000 entrants and large numbers of spectators lining the route.

Tokyo Relay Marathon

Jumpei Ikeuchi-san also played an integral role in the development of the Games in Tokyo.  He was equally delighted with the outcome stating, “I am relieved that we staged the Games to Its full extent and that we generated so much excitement. The Corporate Games gave us a tremendous platform to connect many new organisations and companies, many of whom supported us very much.  We have loved our experience of the Games and I am looking forward to seeing you all over the world in the future”.

A selection of photo’s can also be found here. Please click here to view

And if you really want to get a feel of the Games in Tokyo why not view this Video.

The Games also featured a host of fabulous celebrations using a vast area of Space.  The celebrations were enjoyed by all of the competitors and their families and friends with a massive stage superstructure surrounded by rides, vendors, fun and activities for everyone to enjoy.

Vast Stage Ready and Prepared for the Games Celebration
Vast Stage Ready and Prepared for the Games Celebration


For those interested in participating in another Games in that region.  Okinawa will be staging a new exciting Games from the 5-8 March 2015.  Okinawa is a beautiful island destination with an array of fantastic sports facilities as well as being a thriving destination for tourism and business.  For details contact [email protected]

Why don’t you join the fun!

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Staff Across The UK Are Setting Their Sights On Preston

UK Corporate Games

January is an exciting time – massive sales, the football transfer window briefly opens and closes and offices across the country open for the New Year’s activities.  There’s a great amount of anticipation in the air as we all look forward to what 2012 has to offer.

And with the likes of Paul Scholes coming out of retirement to play in the FA Cup 3rd Round against arch-rivals Manchester City and then scoring against Bolton Wanderers in the very next game – this has just exemplified that you are never too old to get back into the Sport you love the most!

2011 has come and gone and both organisations and staff alike are now able to assess what they did (or didn’t do) that greatly increased their bottom line, or how they may have even added a few pounds without realising it!

This time of year is where organisations can re-evaluate their targets, review performances and recognise and reward those that have achieved success.

So one has to ask…how strong is the commitment of the staff in your office?  Are your staff loyal to the company and is their loyalty recognised and appreciated?  Is the morale in the office one to be envied or could it use a boost?

‘Research carried out in the NHS as part of the Health at Work in the NHS programme, run from 1992 to 2002, showed that action to improve staff health and welfare was most successful where it was high on the management’s list of priorities and where the action taken was integrated with other management action.’ Respondent, NHS Employers.

Our sales team has been meeting with organisations of every size and kind with the view to inviting them to take part in Europe’s largest corporate multisport festival, the UK Corporate Games, which is set to be hosted by the City of Preston on the 12-15 July 2012.  Not only is it an Olympic year in the UK but it’s also a Guild Year in the North West and this is a unique opportunity for management teams to step forward and take action to look at improving the health and wellbeing of their staff and ultimately their business as a whole.

The Corporate Games improves staff’s health & wellbeing in numerous ways and here are just a few examples:

The Games offers 22 Sports in which staff of any age or ability can participate in and look to regain or build upon their confidence, loyalty and team spirit.

The Games encourages employees to get fit and active and have fun while doing this in a competitive and social environment.

Staff can meet their colleagues face to face over the weekend and play Sports that help improve communication, team-bonding and relationship-building – all things that can be directly transferred to the workplace after the final whistle has been blown.

The Games is open to all for the benefit of all and even though the blue chip companies such as the likes of IBM, Intel Corporation, KPMG and Ernst & Young have shown that they will support their staff to the ends of the earth, it is worth taking time to mention some of the smaller companies that have either been a part of or recently joined the Worldwide Corporate Games Community and have their sights firmly set on Preston in July.

The likes of Onwards & Upwards, All Nations Badminton Club, Youth Sport Trust, Nene Jag Specialists, RDC, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, GB Energy and Graham Gillett Associates have all shown that the real benefits of participation can be enjoyed by all and that the Games entry fee is really one of the best investments that an organisation will ever make.

To find out more information and also secure your company’s place in the 19th UK Corporate Games Preston 2012 – go to the Official Website – www.corporate-games.com  or contact the Games Office at +44 17 33 380 888 or [email protected]

How to get your organisation involved

OrganisationsIf you’re wondering about how to get your workplace, club, school, university or whatever involved in the Corporate Games, but don’t know how, here’s what you need to do:


That alone, will start the ball rolling.

If you’re not the best person to speak to directly, simply let us know who we should be speaking to, and we’ll come along and show your organisation why you guys should be involved and how we can help you to proceed.  Easy.

Whether it’s your upper management or your head of you Sports and Social department that needs convincing, we’ll sort it out and blow them away with the reasons why your organisation should be participating within the next Games.