Summer is here, the World Cup is in full flow, Wimbledon’s about to begin, and the nation is once again gripped by sport. Our energetic colleagues at we are aspire haven’t just been armchair spectators this month; we’ve been putting our shorts on, doing our stretches, and testing our mettle in the UK Corporate Games 2018!
The popular sporting event visited Stoke-on-Trent this year and organisations from all over the country flocked to take part. With the activities setting up right on our doorstep, we just had to join in!
We fielded competitors in six different sports, with enthusiastic entrants competing in the dragon boat races, five-a-side football, ten-pin bowling, table tennis, badminton and 10k run. It was a great effort by all involved and we couldn’t be prouder of our athletes.
Group Head of HR & Business Services Ian Gleave gave an insight on why we decided to get involved: “When we ran our Health and Wellbeing Week last October, we were keen to offer a variety of activities that would appeal to a wide range of colleagues. The UK Corporate Games was something we had decided to support so it made sense to launch our quest for athletes as part of the Health and Wellbeing initiative. We were able to promote the health benefits of participating in exercise and sporting activities, whilst at the same time encouraging wellbeing through a sense of teamwork and collaboration across business areas that wouldn’t normally work together.
“It was also a great opportunity to encourage a sense of fun. A key attraction of the Corporate Games is that it really is open to all abilities; there’s something for the serious athlete and something for those who just want to have a great day out. We’ve received really positive feedback from those who participated (regardless of how they finished in their competitions) and those who turned out to support our athletes. We’ll certainly look at doing it again in future years.”
We would like to congratulate all we are aspire staff who took part in the UK Corporate Games; they represented the company admirably. A couple of our athletes even took home medals! Paul Malkin and Tim O’Grady won the Table Tennis Men’s Doubles for the over 40 category. Not content with just one medal, Paul Malkin took to the podium once more; finishing 2nd in the Men’s Singles!
The results from the weekend can be found here.