People in Stone are being given the chance to be part of the UK Corporate Games when it returns to the area this summer
The Games are Europe’s biggest sports event for business and organisers are now offering individuals and sporting organisations the opportunity to join the team of volunteers.
Over the weekend over 4,000 amateur athletes will battle it out in 23 sports from cricket to tennis, and football to dragon boat racing.
Top UK firms like Accenture, Lloyds Banking Group and INTEL will be joining local organisations including, bet365, Knights, Stone Group, Wade Ceramics, Aspire Housing and Staffordshire Police.
Rod Stockwell from Newcastle Volleyball Club who will be helping out at this year’s games said:
“Our club was involved in the delivery of the Games Volleyball event in 2015 and we all had an amazing experience. The Games team really looked after us and it was a great opportunity to meet people from local businesses and also from organisations across the UK. We are delighted that the Games are returning to the area and we want to play an even bigger role this time around”
Volunteers are needed at venues including Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Newcastle College, and Trentham Gardens. Volunteering duties could include marshalling the events, meeting and greeting guests, handing out refreshments, and much more.
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth explained that hosting the Games again would be great for the county and volunteers would be key to making it a real success.
“With only a few months to go and a good mix of both national and local companies already signed up, we’re very much looking forward to the Games. Once again, volunteers will play a key role in making it a real success, and we’re asking people to get involved.”
Games Director, Ben Sedgemore said:
“Volunteering at the UKCG is a great way to get involved in a major event, develop new skills and stay engaged in an active lifestyle. It can be a really rewarding activity which helps you to meet new people and it always creates new opportunities. Plus, being able to say you were an Official Games Helper at Europe’s largest multi-sport festival for business can be great for your CV. Furthermore, we guarantee that every volunteer will get all of the benefits that the participants get, like official T-shirts, Games Souvenir programme, Red Bull, Games gift giveaways etc. This really is a festival for everyone, so if you have enthusiasm and interest in volunteering then we’d love to hear from you.”
Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said:
“We’re excited to be bringing this very popular and successful event back to the city once again. Each year thousands of competitors take part, and we are hoping to see even more people involved this year, especially businesses based here in the city. It is an event which attracts businesses from all over the UK and gives us not only fantastic exposure but a unique opportunity to sell Stoke-on-Trent from a tourism, business and leisure point of view.”
The Games will showcase the area’s investment potential while generating an expected £3million for the local economy. Amateur athletes from over 100 UK and Staffordshire companies will be taking part in the Games.