Still time to sign-up for Corporate Cups – Dragonboat racing and netball


Entries are coming in fast for two sporting events which are heading to North Staffordshire later this summer.

Now businesses and organisations of all sizes are being encouraged to sign-up and fly the flag for the area in the Europe Corporate Cups of dragonboat racing and netball.

The competitions, being held in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday, September 17, will see people of all ages, genders and abilities competing in fun sport experiences and enjoying fantastic facilities. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has teamed up with Corporate Games for the events to celebrate the city’s year as the UK’s European City of Sport. The two worked together last year to stage the hugely successful UK Corporate Games in the city, which attracted 4,500 competitors from local, national and international companies in a range of sports.

The dragonboat racing will see teams of men and women compete in at least three races in a 1,000 metre challenge on the picturesque lake at Trentham Gardens, with successful teams progressing. In the netball competition, teams will play at least four games at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, followed by knockout rounds. Both competitions will conclude with a medal ceremony at Trentham Gardens, followed by a celebration with food and drinks.


Ben Sedgemore, games director at Corporate Games, said:

“This promises to be a fun-filled day with a great atmosphere, and a chance to create long-lasting memories with colleagues and friends. Playing a sport with your colleagues brings camaraderie while encouraging healthy competition and boosting morale in the workplace.

“The venues for these competitions really are first class and we’re delighted to be coming back to Stoke-on-Trent, a city we know well from previous experiences. We’re getting a lot of interest from companies in the UK and abroad and it would be great to have a good number of local firms representing the city on the day and hopefully finishing in the medal places.”

Virgin Trains, engineering firm ARUP, NHS Mersey Care, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and Staffordshire Police are just a handful of the organisations to have signed up so far. Ian Carrie, head of technical services at UCLAN, said:

“We have loved dragonboat racing since the Corporate Games came to Preston in 2012, so it’s great to be getting involved again this year in Stoke-on-Trent. Everyone, as usual, is very excited and we have booked into a hotel the night before so we are all fresh and ready for the action on the Saturday.”

Phil fortune, chief inspector from Staffordshire Police, said:

“It has been really worthwhile for members of the Staffs Police Sports Association to take part in the Corporate Games, and we look forward to doing so again in the Europe Corporate Cup of netball on home territory.

“The sport is competitive but fun, with the teambuilding and networking a real plus to come out of our involvement in the sporting and social activities that collectively make it a unique experience.”

Councillor Terry Follows, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at the city council, said:

“This is shaping up to be a great weekend and we’re delighted to be working with Corporate Games once again. This is another example of how being the UK’s European City of Sport is raising our profile and helping us to attract events like these, which might not have come here in the past.

“The influx of visitors which these events will bring gives a welcome boost to our local tourism and business sector and allows us to show off our great facilities. I hope to see many companies from this city taking part.”

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