Nottingham Conferences to Host UK Corporate Games 2017

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

David Ross Sports Village - University Park

Nottingham Conferences, located at the University of Nottingham and operated under a managed service provided by market leader De Vere Venues, part of the Principal Hayley group, will play host to the prestigious UK Corporate Games 2017 after the city of Nottingham was unanimously voted the number one choice from the Games Inspection Committee.

The UK Corporate Games is Europe’s largest annual multi sports festival for businesses, providing an outstanding opportunity to enhance corporate teambuilding and individual well-being through sport, competition, fun and fitness.

The 2017 event, taking place from 6th-9th July, is set to be one of the largest in its 30 year history with Nottingham Conferences and the Principal Hayley Group working closely with the Games Headquarters to develop the ultimate mix of sport and business tourism. The event, estimated to bring in over £3m of economic benefit to the city, reinforces Nottingham’s ‘Home of Sport’ status awarded to the city in 2015.

The event will be staged across multiple sporting venues in Nottingham with The University of Nottingham being the central sports hub utilising both the University Park and Jubilee Campus sports facilities, event spaces and a significant proportion of the 4,000 onsite bedrooms.

Organisers will have use of the university’s new David Ross Sports Village at the University Park campus which opens in autumn 2016 and played a pivotal role in securing the games bid.  The £40million sports village will feature a state-of-the-art fitness centre, equipped with an extensive gym, a 20 court sports hall, multiple glass squash courts, an indoor sprint track, two dance studios and a climbing wall. In addition, The University of Nottingham has an impressive 52 playing fields, making it one of the most sport-focused venues in the country.

Andrew May, General Manager of Nottingham Conferences commented “We are thrilled that together with our bid partners, Principal Hayley Group and Marketing Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, we have secured the UK Corporate Games for 2017 for the City of Nottingham.”

Andrew continues, “This is a great opportunity to bring the city together and for us to showcase our brand new David Ross Sports Village, the latest addition to an already stellar collection of state-of-the-art sporting facilities available at the university.  The addition of this major class leading venue will enable the Games team to stage at least 15 different sports on campus with the ability to have both accommodation and sport all on one site in an impressive ‘sports village environment’. This will deliver a wonderful platform to promote team building and business engagement as well as improving workplace health & well-being for as many businesses and organisations as possible.”

Ben Sedgemore, Games Director said “We have been blown away by the quality and the number of impressive facilities that are available at Nottingham Conferences and across the city of Nottingham, making it a perfect choice for us.  We are confident that with its powerful business infrastructure and central location, Nottingham will be an extremely popular destination for business visitors from across the UK and beyond as well as the local corporate community.”

Alan Corlett, Commercial Revenue Director at Principal Hayley Group added, “We are delighted that our venue at Nottingham Conferences, and our partners across the city, have secured such a prestigious event as the 2017 UK Corporate Games.  Hot on the heels of Olympic fever in Rio, we are proud to provide a unique platform that brings businesses and their people from all over the UK together in a fun and interactive way to promote corporate wellness and a healthy competitive team spirit in one memorable and engaging annual event.”

National and multinational companies, organisations, retailers, government agencies, partnerships and sports clubs all eligible to enter the UK Corporate Games. Teams can include employees, colleagues, clients, family and friends and there are no qualifying standards.