Official Headquarters Hotel and Official Accommodation Provider Confirmed

Scarman HouseWith all of the sport venues now in place for the UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013, the Games office is now pleased to confirm that the Official UK Corporate Games Headquarters Hotel is Scarman House at the University of Warwick.

Scarman is an award-winning venue, based in the Heart of the Midlands. Offering 12 state-of-the-art lecture rooms and 42 syndicate rooms, the centre also has its own 120-seat tiered lecture theatre.

In addition to its outstanding meeting facilities, this modern venue also boasts 204 luxury en-suite bedrooms. Recently refurbished, the accommodation at Scarman rivals many 4* hotels. A lounge, bar, restaurant, fitness suite, games room and business centre are also available for all delegates to take advantage of, with the newly refurbished social spaces providing clients with the ideal setting in which to unwind after a day of training or stiff Games competition!

Exceptional catering, served up by dedicated and accommodating chefs, completes an already outstanding, world-class events package making Scarman the obvious choice for the Games Official Headquarters Hotel.

Scarman House Reception
Scarman House Reception

Part of the Warwick Conferences brand, Scarman is one of 4 venues in this collection. Perfectly located on the outskirts of Warwickshire yet only 30 minutes from Birmingham and its International airport, Warwick Conferences provides one of the largest choices of meeting space in the UK.

Official Accommodation Provider.

Accommodation services will be provided by Warwick Conferences for 2013.  Coventry has an array of fabulous Hotels and accommodation options throughout the City, from the historic Coombe Abbey to the cutting edge De Vere at the Ricoh Arena, there really is something for everyone regardless of your requirements or your budget.  Furthermore, with 13 sports hosted at the fantastic facilities at the University of Warwick, the 1800 beds on Campus are sure to be in high demand.

Located within an attractive 700 acre site at the University of Warwick, Warwick Conferences’ venues provide an extensive range of accommodation facilities – all designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Warwick Conferences, The University of Warwick. Coventry.
Warwick Conferences, The University of Warwick. Coventry.

All of the single, double, twin and disabled rooms are fully equipped with a spacious desk area, internet access, tea & coffee facilities and hairdryer as minimum. Breakfast is included with all room bookings where visitors can select from our wide range of continental and English breakfast options.

Guests can also enjoy a wide range of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops with full access to an extensive collection of leisure facilities during their stay; including a large indoor swimming pool, fitness suite and tennis facilities.

For more details TEL 024 7683 2792, Visit Warwick Conferences or email jackie.fallon@coventry.gov.uk

 

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UK Corporate Games 2012 Finishes in Style Where it Began with fabulous Closing Awards Celebration

UK Corporate Games 2012 - Closing Awards

On the 26th September the UK Corporate Games Preston 2012 was concluded in style at the place where it all began; Brockholes Floating Village.

In front a packed crowd of winners, dignitaries and influential supporters of the Games, the Closing Awards were presented.

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said ” What a fabulous evening.  Tonight was a fitting end to a fabulous year for us in Preston.

Guild year was always going to be a big spectacle for Preston and the City and it’s representatives seized every opportunity that the Games presented.  When this happens, the Games has an incredible impact and it is fitting that the Games has been hailed by everyone as such a resounding success”.

The Awards night was a cause for great celebrations at this impressive Games destination.

Sedgemore continued, “It has been a pleasure to present the Awards to representatives of our tremendous competing companies, each company entered the Games with commitment and pride and each of the 32 Awards were really well-deserved. Not only was tonight a special occasion for the winners, it also allowed us to personally thank so many of the individuals who were so instrumental in contributing to make this such an amazing year for everyone involved.  2012 has been a wonderful year for Preston, it has been a wonderful year for the Country and it has been an exceptional year for the Games.  We are all determined to see the spirit of 2012 live on.”  Sedgemore used the platform to commend an extensive list of supporters,  like Babs Murphy CEO at the Chamber of Commerce, Andy Coverdale at UCLan, Phil Walsh at Preston City Council and a host of others.

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The Guild Mayor with some of the Award Winners

The sentiments were echoed by Bernard Hayes, Chief Financial Officer at Preston City Council.  Mr Hayes was thrilled to announce that the Games had injected between £2 and £3 million pounds into the local economy, as well as giving the participants, competing companies and host venues a fabulous experience.  Preston City Council have created a video commemorating the impact of the Games in Guild Year.  To see it click here http://bit.ly/Tk0cmH

A number of influential partners, sponsors and supporters were on hand to present the Awards to the successful recipients,  with the Guild Mayor of Preston, Councillor Carl Crompton closing the evening by presenting the Sport For Life Grand Award to Vodafone who entered an impressive 240 athletes.  This Award recognised Vodafone’s commitment to their staff, company excellence and health and fintess in the workplace.  The Guild Mayor said ” The Corporate Games team have really delivered a terrific event and we would love to have the opportunity to Host the Games again.  It was a magical weekend and one that no-one involved will ever forget.”

Fourteen different Companies were successful in winning at least one of the 22 Sport Championship Awards, with Asda taking two, Vodafone taking 3 and CSC proudly securing an incredible 6!

Local companies fought it out with big international brands in the Championship Divisions with the following successful recipients;

Division one for teams of between 1-5 Athletes was won by Anchor all the way from Kent with 45 points.

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BAE Systems with the Division 5 Championship Award.

Division two for teams of between 6-10 Athletes was won by the Royal Air Force with 90 points.

Division three for teams of between 11-20Athletes was won by East Midlands Airport Group with 192 points.

Division four for teams of between 21-50 Athletes was won by SPS (EU) Limited from Blackpool with 166 points.

Division five for teams of between 51-100 Athletes was won by BAE Systems with 356 points.

Division six for teams of between 101-150 Athletes was won by Ernst & Young LLP with 252 points.

Division seven for teams of between 151-200 Athletes was won by CSC with a record 969 points.

Division eight for teams of between  200+ Athletes was won by Vodafone with 684 points.

The Medalist Award was won by CSC for the first time and CSC’s overall points tally of 969 was an all-time Games record.

Team Leader Mick Williams was supported by a number of his team when collecting their array of Awards.  Mr Williams was delighted to secure the Medalist Award saying that this “capped off a terrific year for team CSC… we just can’t wait for 2013 in Coventry now!”

Congratulations to Preston and all of the Award winners from everyone at the Games World Headquarters.

 

For a full breakdown of the results please click here to download the results booklet.

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Kick Off Your Celebrations at Our Games Social Hot-Spots

Whether you are planning a post-match drink or getting ready for the Games Celebrations of a lifetime, make sure you head down to one of our Official Pre-Party Venues for food, drinks and a place to relax those tired muscles and re-live the day’s sporting efforts….or alternatively, get ready to crank it up for the Great Games Party of the year!

Westleigh Conference Centre
Lea Road, PrestonWestleigh Conference Centre

Based at the west side UCLan Sport Arena, this 19th century mansion house restoration boasts a top-of-the-range Conference Centre has seating for over 300 of our Corporate Games athletes.  It also possesses seminar rooms, dining
areas and a stunning outdoor feature terrace, enabling our teams and organisations to enjoy the extensive grounds whatever the weather.  Enjoy a post-competition drink and catch up with your team in the bar or lounge area, or perhaps on the outdoor covered terrace…if we are lucky enough to have the sun shining of course!

There will also be a top notch barbecue for you to enjoy…

For more information or to take a close look at the venue, why not view their Brochure.

Click here for Directions to Westleigh Conference Centre.

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The Assembly
Lune Street, Preston City Centre
a.k.a. Worker’s Statue, THE OFFICIAL GAMES PARADE START-POINTThe Assembly

The Assembly, formerly known as The Corn Exchange, was the front of Preston public hall for many years.  Today, it is one of Preston’s best kept secrets, offering an inviting environment by day, serving good food in a relaxed atmosphere. By night it becomes one huge party with DJ’s playing everything from 60’s classics through to modern day mixes that will make your night go in a flash. The Assembly boasts an unrivalled party atmosphere – with excellent outside areas with lots of seating at both the front and the back of the building, external TV’s and plenty of atmosphere.

Join us for pre-drinks at The Assembly, where the Grand Parade of Athletes will start!  The staff at The Assembly will be opening their doors for our athletes, with music, entertainment and a Barbecue to help get you into the Games spirit!  There will be food and drinks promotions running for all Games Athletes – we hope to see you there!

Click here for Directions to The Assembly.

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UCLan To Host UK Corporate Games Business Enterprise Day

 

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Whether you are participating in the UK Corporate Games or you are a senior manager here to support your team, everyone is invited to UCLan’s Business Enterprise Day.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has evolved over the years to become a world class institution, recognised with its inclusion in the 2010 QS World Rankings – the first Modern University in the UK to gain this status.

With 11 areas of research judged ‘world leading’ in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, UCLan has the global recognition of its peers, with a focus on applied research and the impact it has on the business community, regional, nationally and internationally.UCLAN_BUSINESS GAMES_A4_v4

Come along to this event and see a number of UCLan’s business-related initiatives including:

  • EvoFit – a innovative facial recognition system used by police forces around the globe
  • Their environmental and energy partnerships with industry
  • Our biomechanical testing we’ve facilitated with companies
  • UCLan’s relationship with global names such as NASA, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Wigan Warriors and Cisco Systems

With a world class reputation firmly rooted in relevance, UCLan is focused on a future of providing innovative thinking for the real world.  It will be a “drop in” event between the hours of 1400 and 1630.

The Games always provides the ultimate mix of Sport , Business and Tourism so don’t miss out on this great opportunuty to benefit your business.

This event is free, but please register your interest now to confirm your place via:

Email: Business@uclan.ac.uk

Phone:  01772 895 500

Web:  uclan.ac.uk

Be Prepared for Wet Weather…Get a Gazebo!

British Summertime is upon us so it’s anyone’s guess what the weather will bring across the Games weekend!  Recent flash flooding experienced throughout the UK as a result of torrential rain caused havoc up and down the country – and the forecast continues to be dubious at best.  Sadly, guaranteeing sunshine isn’t within the control of the Games office!  The Royals could not arrange it for the Jubilee and unfortunately we are in the same position despite Preston City Council’s confident reassurances and our relentless positive thinking! Therefore despite crossing our fingers and toes – we will all be at the mercy of the clouds for the Games weekend.

It pays to be prepared for rain, so here are some suggestions to help minimise disruption for you and your team mates.

Wet Weather Tips

1.  Bring a Gazebo

There’s nothing worse than being stuck on the side of the football field between matches in the pouring rain.  Several teams are opting to take wet weather cover in the form of garden Gazebos to shield them from strong sun, or more likely, wet weather.  Found in most local supermarkets and online catalogues, gazebos can be affordable and in good supply, helping to keep kit and food dry as well as your team!  Do consider bringing one along – particularly if participating in an outdoor field sports such as:Muddy Scrum

Soccer 5s
Soccer 6s
Soccer 11s
Dragon Boat
Rugby 7s
Touch
Hockey
Softball
Netball
Cricket 8s

 

There is shelter at all of our venues but your own Gazebo will give you some extra (moveable) protection.

2.   Wet Weather Gear

Advise your teams to bring their waterproofs!  Waterproof, breathable jackets, trousers and hats that you can throw on between games to help keep dry.  Dry = Happy.

3.  Wear The Right Fabrics

Right, time to get scientific!  To help keep you dry, or at least comfortable.  Often, clothing made with polypropylene, Dri-Fit, Thinsulate or Gore-Tex fabrics will keep water and sweat away from your skin.  Select clothing containing breathable fabrics to help keep you dry and warm.  Where possible, avoid materials like cotton – once they are wet, they stay wet!  This is especially important where feet are concerned, so consider socks made of wool, merino wool and CoolMax – these can be found in most outdoor stores.

4. Layer Up

Ask any outdoor athlete and they will tell you that layering is the best way to keep warm when competing in cold weather.  It’s important to pay attention to the most important layer – the one closest to your body.  By wearing a base layer to keep water and sweat away from your skin, with a mid-layer over the top and an outer layer to wear between games.

5.  Spare Changes of Clothing & Shoes

Bring an extra pair of trainers, giving you something warm and dry to change into at the end of the day.  Double up on kit – extra tops, trousers and jackets, giving you something dry to change into for the rest of the weekend.

10 Day Weather Forecast

The Weather Channel’s 10-day Weather Forecast gives some clues on the weather as we lead up to the event.

Whatever the weather will be, we are confident our athletes will have a fantastic time and make the best come rain or shine.  Having said that….Games Office will be performing a Sun Dance every day at 9am in an effort to encourage a weekend of warm weather!

BAE Systems Soars in as Silver Sponsor for Preston Games

 

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BAE Systems joins participating organisations from around the UK and the North West for the 19th UK Corporate Games.  The global defence company joins thousands of everyday athletes for Europe’s largest corporate multi sport festival, which takes place in the city of Preston in less than 2 months time.

BAE Systems is one of the largest employers in the North-West and a major centre for British defence and its aerospace industry.  Although it does have a presence in Preston, its Military Aircraft Headquarters is based in nearby Warton, where its airfield hosts a major assembly and testing facility for BAE Systems Military Air and Information.  It also has another sister site within Lancashire, within adjoining Samlesbury.

BAE Systems has many global locations and multi-disciplinary functions worldwide.  Its Lancashire sites employ thousands of staff to design and build fixed wing military aircraft and training aircraft, whilst providing training, support and information services for the UK RAF and many other customers worldwide.  From sophisticated cyber services and military support, to mission critical electronic systems and protection equipment, BAE Systems aims to be at the forefront of defence technology and science….and now the Worldwide Corporate Sport Community!

We look forward to welcoming the BAE Systems staff at this year’s Games.  Good luck to all its competitors! 

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Games ‘Insidr’ Tweets UK Secrets

Ever since I started working at the UK Corporate Games back in 2003, just before the first of two consecutive UK & Ireland Corporate Games to hit Newcastle Gateshead, I noticed how different working for the Games was, simply by talking to friends and family about it.

To me, most people I know have a ‘regular’ job, whether they’re office bound or work on building sites.  When I tell them about what we ‘do’ at the Games and where it has already taken me abroad, they seem to be… mystified with it. I’m guessing it’s the variety of it all, whether we’re setting up for a launch event in the Tate Modern in London, the Royal Armouries in Leeds or more recently, at the top of the Gherkin in London, what we do sounds… great! And that’s aside from actually staging the Games or throwing parties in premier league football clubs!

The @CGUKInsidr
The @CGUKInsidr

To help shine a little light on what we do to the wider public, I’ll be tweeting from the fresh, new, Twitter account of @CGUKInsidr. News, details, facts, fiction and trivia have already started to pour out from the new account.

Tweet-coverage will continue up to and over the UK Corporate Games weekend from the @CGUKInsidr, as well as the official Twitter account for the UK Corporate Games, namely @CorpGamesUK – both of which will be making full use of the #cguk hashtag where appropriate.

So, if you’re on Twitter, check out the http://www.twitter.com/cgukinsidr pages.  Alternatively, if there’s something that you would like to know, simply tweet the ‘insidr’ and await a speedy and (hopefully) informative response!

Obligatory Disclaimer: Anything that is tweeted from the @CGUKInsidr account are my views and opinions and are not reflective of my employers or the Corporate Games as a whole.

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The Lancashire Business Channel Wants to Hear From Your Business!

If your business is entering a team in Preston’s UK Corporate Games this year, then exclusive media partner, the Lancashire Business Channel wants to hear from you.

The channel, which is the only video-based news portal and directory for businesses in Lancashire will be covering the entire Games in July.  However, the team are also looking to capture the stories behind those companies taking part, bringing to life the personalities behind the branding.  There will be news stories, profile videos and page sponsorship opportunities.

If you’d like to take the opportunity to promote your business through Lancashire’s only business focussed video news portal, then get in touch on 01282 607844 or visit www.lancashirebusinesschannel.co.uk.

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Introducing Official Transport Provider Waltons Coaches – Getting you to and from the Games

We are delighted to welcome Waltons Coach Hire Company as our newest supporter of the 2012 UK Corporate Games in Preston.

Official Transport Provider Waltons Coaches are committed to cruising our athletes to and from our busy venues across the Games weekend.  Situated in the quiet village of Freckleton, close to the city of Preston and within easy reach of the motorway network, their experienced drivers are helpful, courteous and are well presented in the company uniform, with outstanding knowledge of the local area.

Waltons Coaches are on standby and ready to take your bookings!

Vehicles available for hire include:


(All transport options include fitted seat belts.)

For the past 25 years Waltons Coaches have been hiring out coaches and buses for private and contract work. For more information please phone our friendly office team, who will be happy to speak to you and quote you on any job.

Are you a team leader?  Do you or your team require transport in or around Preston across the Games weekend this July?  For hassle free transfer from hotel to sports venue to celebrations, make Waltons Coaches your preferred Transport Partner.

Contact Jill, Sales Manager for Waltons Coaches for quotes and to build a transport solution for your Games itinerary:

Tel           +44 (0) 1772 634 563
Mobile    +44 (0) 788 567 2770
Email      jill@waltonscoaches.co.uk

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Coventry Awarded 2013 UK Corporate Games

We are delighted to announce that the UK Corporate Games 2013 has been awarded to the City of Coventry.

Coventry, which is the UK’s 11th largest City overcame stiff competition from all corners of the Country to be named the prestigeous destination for Europe’s largest Corporate Multisport festival.  The City boasts some exceptional facilities, with the iconic Jaguar Exhibition Hall at the Ricoh Arena already being named as the magnificent setting for the Games SuperCentre.

Games Director, Ben Sedgemore commented ” we were very lucky to receive a number of impressive bids to stage the Games and it was a very difficult decision in the end.  That said, Coventry has some amazing attributes that will be unknown to many people.  The Bid evaluation team were blown away by the quality of facilities and infrastructure in Coventry, the impeccable sports and celebration venues at the University of Warwick as well as the enthusiasm of the partners.  These combined attributes, the quality of hotels, the transport network and the central location made it an unbeatable combination this year.

Martin Reeves, CEO of Coventry City Council gave us a picture of the ambitious redevelopment plans that they have for the City and we were all very impressed with his drive and determination.  In addition, it was clear that Alan Robinson, Director of Training and Conferences at the University of Warwick immediately recognised the immense potential inherent within the Games having witnessed the 2011 version at Loughborough University.

We all know that the Games can offer unlimited opportunities for everyone as well as providing a massive economic boost to the region and we are delighted to be working with these partners to create a truly amazing event in July 2013.”

The UK Corporate Games Coventry 2013 will take place from the 4th – 7th July and it already looks set to be a groundbreaking event.  Further details will be announced via the blog and Games gossip in the coming months but for advance enquiries please email UK@corporate-games.com.

Coventry will be hoping to capitalize on the Games potential in a similar way to the current UK Corporate Games host, Preston.

Fot those that don’t know, the Games in Preston coincides with the City’s 800th Guild year celebrations and is also aligned with the City’s status as European City of Sport.  Doug White, Marketing Manager at the Games commented ” We have been delighted with the welcome that we have received from the City of Preston.  Businesses, Individuals and sports enthusiasts are all flocking to seize the unlimited opportunities that the Games creates and we know that each and every one of them will enjoy an unforgettable weekend.  Preston has plenty to be proud of and we can’t wait for July!  Preston City Council understood the Power of the Games from the outset and we are working very hard with them to maximise every potential opportunity.  The Games will be a focal point of their Guild Year celebrations and thousands of people have already signed up to participate.”

So there you have it, if you have not done so already, start planning for two spectacular events in July…