Multi-sport festival coming to V&A Waterfront

Cape Town Corporate games 2013

Corporate Games
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Originating in San Francisco in 1988, the Corporate Games have had worldwide appeal. The project has been held in such diverse places as Budapest and Bilbao, Malaysia and Hawaii, Sydney, Stuttgart and The Hague.

It has welcomed more than 1 000 000 athletes into over 50 Host Cities and seen participation from more than 20 000 organisations worldwide. Corporate Games is the world’s largest mass participation multi-sport festivals of its kind open to all businesses and organisations.

These festivals attract many thousands of competitors from hundreds of organisations which allows companies to support their employees' pursuit of a healthier and more active lifestyle and is the ultimate combination of sport, business and tourism. 

3rd South Africa said in a media release yesterday that the V&A Waterfront is the prestigious Host Venue for Cape Town Corporate Games to be held from 6 to 9 June 2013. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, with panoramic views of the ocean and city bowl, the vibrant V&A Waterfront will play host to multiple networking opportunities and sporting codes.

These include action cricket, badminton, dragon boat, golf, carting, lawn bowls, mountain biking, netball, running, soccer, quash and table tennis.

 The festival will create a sporting platform for the business world to get together and provide the opportunity for anyone, regardless of their sporting ability, to play in a multi-sport championship and remain active in sport,” according to the release.

David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said they’re looking forward to welcoming participants in the Corporate Games 2013 to the Waterfront and the opportunity to showcase all on offer in this multidimensional precinct. The Corporate Games event offers an innovative team-building initiative, and we are proud to host the 2013 Games.” 

Cape Town saw its first Corporate Games in June this year where some of the largest businesses in the country entered, including City of Cape Town, Sanlam, Airports Company South Africa, PEP Stores, Cape Union Mart, SAB Miller, Barloworld Motor and Spur Corporation just to name a few.

Sanlam Human Resource Manager, Frederick Stroebel, said Sanlam is proud to have been part of the first Corporate Games to be hosted in South Africa. It was a magnificent weekend with brutal competition and friendly camaraderie on and off the field. We have no doubt that this will grow to one of the big sporting events on the calendar for Cape Town and corporate social events in South Africa.”

The Games have played an integral part in the history and development of non-elite sport across the globe reaching a high of over 12 000 participants at the Australian Corporate Games in Melbourne in 2009.

The Corporate Games generate immediate economic impact and future projections in South Africa can be based on the net profit of the UK Corporate Games Liverpool 2010 that generated over £ 3,018,152 for the Host City through accommodation, food and beverage, entertainment and retail. 

The Games’ arrival in Cape Town is sure to reinforce South Africa’s position as a major World sports capital and centre for business.

According to Nicole Visser, Marketing & Communications Manager at 3rd South Africa, whether representing a global firm or a local independent, the Games hold something for everyone.

"Novices and ex-professionals alike will come together to enjoy the finest of sporting festivals and with no restriction on age, gender or ability, the Games welcomes one and all to reconnect with sport for fun and friendly competition,” Visser says.

For the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism, contact capetown@corporate-games.com or visit www.corporate-games.com for more details. You can also call +27 (0) 21 418 1966 or contact Leana Brink on 072 213 1398

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