A WINNING SPORTS DAY FOR MANCHESTER BUSINESSES

  • By Gregg Cropper
  • 09 Aug, 2017

A great day out of the office and some great team building in the heart of the city.

Last Friday, nine teams from Manchester businesses took part in a traditional sports day with a business twist run by Greater Company Games on Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields.

Lawyers, financiers, property managers, faculty members and marketers all pulled on a PE kit and took part in the three-legged race, don’t get the sack race, egg and spoon race; where competitors had to send a tweet whilst balancing their egg, a skipping race and a relay race. All on the specially laid 60 metre athletics track in the heart of Spinningfields.
Hardman Boulevard all set up
There were two events over the day, a morning event and an afternoon event, each team would win points depending where they finished in the race. The team with the highest score overall was the winner.

The morning event was closely contested with Manchester Metropolitan University Sport just beating Oliver James Associates to the finish line, taking home the prizes and winners medals. 

Being from the Sports faculty and having a former 2012 Olympian, Chloe Wilcox on the team expectations to win were high.

Chloe Wilcox from MMUSport said “it was such a great event, the three-legged race and relay were real highlights, they helped us to strengthen our bond as a work team and winning against such tough competition made it even sweeter.”

The other teams competing included Allied London and Adept Corporate Services who competed in high visibility vests and work boots.
MMU - Dan Roberts, Chris Berrevoets, Alicia Green, Hattie Walworth, Chloe Wilcox & Chloe Pickering.
In the afternoon event, things were even closer, the final race of the day, the team relay race being the nail biting decider. Hurstwood Crystal and PwC North West had drawn on points, however PwC took home the winner’s medals and prizes because they had won the most races overall.

The other teams taking part included, MC2 and Pinsent Masons LLP. With prizes for the best dressed and best sport every team went home a winner.
PWC - Back: Hannah Coleman, Jonathan-Percival Nuttall, Jane Corbett Front: Shaun O'Reilly (captain)
Chris Martin, Director of Greater Company Sports said, “every team gave it their best shot and really got into the spirit of the event, they were all winners in our eyes.”

The day was hosted by BBC’s sports presenter Hugh Ferris and all proceeds from the day, raising over £600, were donated to the We Love MCR, Lord Mayor’s of Manchester charity.

The Spinningfields Sports Day was a warm up event to the Greater Company Games, a new event set to launch in Manchester on Friday, September 8th at Sport City and the HSBC UK velodrome. Businesses are invited to go head to head with other businesses in football, netball, touch rugby, dodgeball, tennis and squash, and also to enjoy an awards ceremony and networking after party in the football museum in Urbis.

Gregg Cropper, Director of Greater Company Games added “We are aiming to bring sport and business together in a fresh and exciting way to promote team building, health and wellbeing, whilst creating unique networking opportunities and adding social value, as monies raised will go the We Love MCR fund.”
For more information on how to sign up to the inaugural Greater Company Games go to www.greatercompanygames.com or call 0161 302 7081.
By Gregg Cropper 09 Aug, 2017
Last Friday, nine teams from Manchester businesses took part in a traditional sports day with a business twist run by Greater Company Games on Hardman Boulevard, Spinningfields.

Lawyers, financiers, property managers, faculty members and marketers all pulled on a PE kit and took part in the three-legged race, don’t get the sack race, egg and spoon race; where competitors had to send a tweet whilst balancing their egg, a skipping race and a relay race. All on the specially laid 60 metre athletics track in the heart of Spinningfields.
By Gregg Cropper 01 Jul, 2017
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By Gregg Cropper 04 Apr, 2017
Over an afternoon coffee (green tea for some!), we began to discuss the potential of putting on a fantastic multi-sport event for local companies... next thing you know, we've got a company name, designed a logo and are in talks with major players in Manchester in the sporting world. These meetings went better than ever imagined and we had to work fast to keep up with the pace things were moving. 

We knew what we wanted to do and why we wanted to do it, but we needed to define our ideology behind the project. Which we did:
  • Bring Manchester based companies together, at local iconic venues for an excellent customer experience, fun activities and networking opportunities.
  • Help to improve the lives and life chances of Manchester children via our charity partners.
  • Assist in bringing positive benefits to communities throughout the City.
  • Inspire a healthy future in Greater Manchester through sport and physical activity.
  • Make a significant contribution to Greater Manchester's social well-being and economic growth.
  • Promote health, confidence, safe spaces and pathways into participation.
Our partners came fast and furious and our small team were working early mornings, late nights and weekends to get things together in order to secure things in such a short time-frame. But we did it, we are well underway to delivering the first Greater Company Games event in September.

2017 will see the inaugural games come to life in the city of Manchester, with iconic venues, a second to none sporting experience and an after party not to be missed.

Great teams are forged in the fire of adversity and sport is unequalled in providing that arena. Our event will develop confidence, build new relationships and most importantly will be a ton of fun. We will provide an exceptional and unequalled team building opportunity that will successfully integrate employees into a unified team, during the event and then back into the workplace.

We anticipate an entry of approx. 500-1000 entrants from across the North West all battling it out to be crowned the coveted inaugural “Greater Company Games Champions!” and we can't wait!




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