Thursday 1 April 2004

Local Firms Gear up for the Games

Sport, parties, fun and company morale are the key elements of the UK & Ireland Corporate Games set to return to Newcastle and Gateshead in June.

The 23 sport festival for the weekend sports warriors expects an entry of more than 6000. It features all the most popular sports from badminton to volleyball and is open to all without restriction. It is the best mix of sport business and tourism ever held in the North East. Sir Bobby Robson is the Honorary Patron, Tony Underwood is Sports Patron and the charity is RNLI Lifeboats.

Many local companies participated in the 2003 version and voted the Games an outstanding success. Included among them were Sage, Robert Muckle Solicitors, Northern Rock, Northumbrian Water, Greggs, Eagle Star, Ernst & Young and Accenture.

Newcastle's historic St. James' Park hosts the SuperCentre for registration, results and media and is the glamorous location of the Great Games Party. This year some 4000 can dress for one of the four themes - Footballers Wives, Hollywood, Saints and Sinners, and the Lifeboat Beach Party (or just Come as You Are). The hilarious Fraud Monty is a featured act.

Athletes parade in their company teams across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and everyone has the sports and business experience of the year.

For information email entry or tel 01733 380 888.

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