When we heard that the UK corporate games were to be hosted in our home city of Nottingham this summer, we jumped at the chance to get involved.
As many will know, Air-IT and sports have gone hand in hand since the company’s inception in 2005. Over the years, we’ve supported a wide range of teams from grass roots to professional level in a variety of sports including rugby, football, hockey, cricket, golf and squash
With this in mind, there was no question that we’d be involved in the largest sporting event for business to come to the city this year.
About the Corporate Games
The Corporate Games first began in San Francisco (USA) back in 1988 and quickly established itself as the largest multi-sport festival of its kind. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength and now showcases more than 70 sports across 30 countries worldwide.
Open to everyone from companies of any size, the event brings people together from all walks of life to enjoy sports on an equal footing.
First launched in the UK in 1993, the UK Corporate Games are now well-established as an annual event to celebrate sport in business. They have been held in several impressive city locations including Liverpool and Sheffield, and in 2017 the host bid was won by Nottingham.
Attracting more than 100 organisations from across the UK, the games brought more than 5,000 sports men and women to Nottingham to compete across 23 events.
From rugby to poker, there was an incredibly diverse range of sporting events to take part in offering something for everyone.
Entering a squash team was the natural choice for us with several staff, including Managing Director James Healey, being regular and well-seasoned players.
Although many of our team were unavailable due to the relocation of our head office occurring the same weekend, two of our staff were able to compete and represent Air-IT for squash, which was held at the David Ross Sports Village at the University of Nottingham.
David Ross Sports Village Entrance
Service Desk Team Leader, Daniel Conway and Project Engineer, Ben Lee were joined by honorary team mate Rob Marshall, allowing them to field a side in the men’s team event.
Between them, they played several matches across the weekend, coming up against some tough opponents in both the team and single events.
Ben on court
Rob in action
Dan playing a mean game
Overall, the trio did the whole company proud by finishing 6th in the team division, whilst Rob took home the Bronze medal for the men’s single opens.
Rob (Left) receives his bronze medal
Last but not least, the team were pleased to attend the Great Games Party. Organised and ran by Nottingham Trent University, it was the perfect way to mark the end of the 2017 UK Corporate Games.
Open to everyone who took part in all 23 events, the evening was a great way to round off and celebrate an action-packed weekend for all those involved.
More than Just Games
All in all, it’s estimated that the UK Corporate Games bought over £3 million in revenue to Nottingham, as well as raising the profile of the city as a world class sports location.
As a local company with our company roots in Nottingham and sponsor of several local sports clubs, we’re incredibly proud to have been involved in this fantastic event.
Once again, we’d like to say a very big well done to Daniel and Ben and offer our special congratulations to Rob for his success as a Bronze finalist. Well done team Air-IT!