UK Corporate Games Launches in Lancaster

On Thursday 10th October the University of Cumbria hosted the Launch event for the UK Corporate Games which will be held in and around Lancaster from the 23rd – 26th July 2020. Businesses and members of other institutions were invited from all over the region to hear about what the Games has to offer for the participants and local economy. Guests were welcomed by the Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria, Rob Trimble, who highlighted the benefits of participating in regular exercise for both physical and mental health and the positive impact this can have on a more productive workforce. The Leader of Lancaster City Council, Cllr Dr Erica Lewis also reiterated these comments and added her enthusiasm at the opportunity of how local businesses can benefit from the influx of visitors to the region next July and how Lancaster can portray an image of being open for business while showcasing the areas of outstanding beauty in the region.

Games Director, Doug White gave a short presentation on the success on previous Games highlighting that the Corporate Games is “open to all for the benefit of all” meaning that regardless of age, gender, race, sporting ability or level of fitness anyone is free to compete in the Games.

There are 24 sports on the programme from running, cycling, badminton and table tennis to poker and dragon boat racing meaning that there is something for everyone to enjoy over the weekend. The Games weekend kicks off with a registration event being held at the LICA Building at Lancaster University. This event will include the Grand Athletes Parade where teams will have the opportunity to gather and parade in to the event to be officially welcomed in to the Games. Some sports will begin on the Friday 24th with most commencing on the Saturday and continue through to Sunday afternoon. One of the highlights of the Games will be the Great Games Party held on the Saturday evening where teams will have a chance to get together and enjoy live music with a licensed bar which will create a real festival atmosphere.

Anastasia Bligh, the team leader for Places for People who have entered a team since 2012 summed up her company’s experience at the Games by saying that their dragon boat team “came as strangers but left as friends, which is a fantastic example of the team building opportunities the Corporate Games provides”. Places for People were also pleased to confirm that they have opened an account for 150 entries to next year’s Games in Lancaster.

It was announced during the presentation that EDF Energy have signed up as Platinum Sponsors for the UK Corporate Games in 2020 which has given the company up to 250 entries to the Games. IBM, Paragon Group and Air Products have also recently opened accounts for entries for next year’s Games which at this early stage is a very promising prospect of making the Games in Lancaster one of the biggest events for corporate sport in the UK to date.

Early entry discounts will apply to entries up until 31st January 2020 and there is currently a 15% on all discounts (excluding event with supplements) until 31st October 2019. If your company is interesting in sponsoring the event in Lancaster our team will be on hand to discuss this further. You can contact the office on 01733 83444 or alternatively via email

Key dates:

  • Entry deadline – Wednesday 24th June 2020
  • Early Athlete Registration – Thursday 23rd July
  • Athlete Registration & Grand Athlete Parade – Friday 24th July 2020
  • Great Games Party – Saturday 25th July 2020

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