Didsbury Business Games Return for 2018

By GreaterSport | 28 August 2018 | TAGS: workplace


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After a successful first year in 2017, the Didsbury Business Games returned in 2018.

What are the Didsbury Business Games?
In early 2017 the team at Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club looked at getting local companies more involved in out of work activities, while having fun and raising money for a charity close to many people’s hearts. Alongside other founding partner organisations, Towers Business Park, Tenpin Bowling, Didsbury Sports Ground, Food Sorcery and Parrs Wood High School, they helped set up the games and made their venues available for the events to take place. The team put together a plan, established the events and, in partnership with Jen Bailey from The Christie, started fundraising. There was just 6 weeks from the idea to the first event and at the end of the first games in 2017, £7,000 was raised beating the original £5,000 target.

Following its success it was decided that the Didsbury Business Games would become an annual event to get companies working together to raise money for the Christie and encourage their staff to do something outside of the workplace as a team.

The 2018 Event

In 2018, 11 companies from the local area including, Booth Ainsworth, Sterling Partners, We Buy Any House, Grosvenor Casino, Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club, Oracle, Parrs Wood High School, The Albert Club, Amoria Bond, Eclectic Hotel Collection and Pabla and Pabla Solicitors took part in the Didsbury Business Games.

The aim this year was to ensure that there was a variety of physical, mental and social events to enthuse as many people from each company to participate.

The kick off meeting was attended by nearly 100 people and raised over £250 through a Charity Roulette Competition.

Every Wednesday evening for 6 weeks teams competed in events including Ten Pin Bowling, a Bear Grylls outdoor cooking challenge, a School Sports Day, a Cocktail Making event and Dodgeball all rounded off with a quiz night and celebration.

Each week the teams battled it out to earn points to add to their team total and their position on the leader board. The teams were also awarded points for their fundraising efforts thanks to helpful tips and ideas from Jen Bailey at The Christie.

The Results

The event saw the teams get to know not only each other but the other companies over 6 weeks of competitive fun. Teams worked better together, took a break from the office and were physically and mentally challenged in a safe and fun environment. Better still the combined effort from all the teams over the period of the games raised an incredible £14,310.63, well over the original £10,000 target.

All the funds raised will now go to The Christie and their Proton Beam Therapy Service. This is a specialist form of radiotherapy which can precisely target certain cancers. Until now, patients requiring Proton Beam Therapy have travelled overseas to Switzerland and the US. The Christie charity has fundraised £5.6 million to build and equip the research space that will be unique to The Christie.

In the middle of all of this it was time to crown The Didsbury Business Games Champions of 2018: Booth Ainsworth who manged to reach an incredible 514 points.

The full and final standings can be viewed at www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk/leaderboard/

What's Next?

After completing a successful 2nd year, the Games will return in 2019 with teams already registering to get involved. The team at the Didsbury Business Games are trying to keep the level of activity consistent between The Games by supporting the Workplace Wellbeing Champions set up by GreaterSport and will be opening their facilities and services as a hub for companies in the local area. It's early days but look out for more positive news.

If you want to register for the Didsbury Business Games in 2019 you can register your interest now by emailing info@didsburybusinessgames.co.uk

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