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.

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.

UK Corporate Games 2012 - Award Winners
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.

BAE Systems
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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