Leeds is set to once again bask in the national sporting limelight as it has been confirmed as the host city for the UK Corporate Games 2024. This event stands as the largest multi-sport festival for businesses in the country. Thousands of competitors from hundreds of companies gather annually in a different city to network and foster team spirit while vying for victory in sports ranging from karting and golf to tennis and dragon boat racing.
Today, organisers announced the success of a joint bid by Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds to host the Games in 2024. The event will run from July 25 to 28, taking place at various venues across the city including the John Charles Centre for Sport, Sports Park Weetwood, and the Brownlee Centre.
These Games are anticipated to further bolster Leeds’ reputation as a sporting powerhouse. The city has recently played host to prestigious events like the AJ Bell World Triathlon Championship Series and the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, in addition to several fixtures at last year’s Rugby League World Cup.
This announcement coincides with the ongoing LEEDS 2023 year of culture, which continues to enhance the city’s standing as a place capable of delivering innovative, large-scale events that capture the public’s imagination and create cherished, lifelong memories.
The forthcoming Games are projected to inject over £2 million into the local economy. They will also present Leeds as an appealing option for visiting business professionals considering relocation or expansion.
In collaboration with the organisers and the university, the council will develop a sustainability strategy drawing from their experience in hosting previous major events, with the aim of making these Games the most eco-friendly to date.
Doug White, director of the UK Corporate Games, said; “We are delighted to announce that the city of Leeds will host the 2024 UK Corporate Games. We’re extremely excited to work closely with Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds to make this the best UK Corporate Games ever.
“Leeds is a fantastic city, and we know all our Games competitors and competing organisations will share our excitement. Leeds is one of the UK’s foremost cities for growing enterprises and we want to provide all businesses with the opportunity to get involved in this memorable event.
“The Games bring people and companies together from across the UK and Europe and provide businesses and their employees with an opportunity to team build, promote health and wellbeing through sport and network as well as promote their brand.”
Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s deputy leader and executive member for economy, culture and education, said; “We’re delighted that Leeds has been chosen as the host city for the UK Corporate Games 2024. It’s a real feather in our cap, so thank you to the organisers for bringing it here and well done to all those from the council and the university who worked on the bid.
“I’m sure the event will be a great example of how sport can unite people and inspire them to reach their goals through determination, positivity and teamwork.
“It will also be a perfect opportunity to showcase Leeds’s strengths as both a passionate sporting city and a brilliant place to do business.
“Everyone involved can look forward to a typically warm Leeds welcome – roll on next summer and the start of the action!”
Rob Wadsworth, director of campus innovation at the University of Leeds, said; “We’re delighted to be chosen as the hub for this fantastic city-wide festival that will bring people together from across the UK and Europe. Under the expert eye of our conferences and events team and supported by a range of services from across the university, I am confident we’ll help create one of the most memorable UK Corporate Games yet.
“Thanks to our unrivalled sports facilities, we are well versed at hosting prestigious sporting events including the Rugby League World Cup and the British Transplant Games. We look forward to working with partners across the city to add another respected event to this list with the UK Corporate Games!”
The Games are open to companies of all sizes, with an entry fee of £89 per person – or £80 per person for purchases made before the end of October. Next year’s schedule is due to feature more than 20 sports, together with a welcome festival and a grand parade of athletes. The Games are designed to be inclusive, with no minimum qualifying standards. Teams can be made up of a company’s employees and clients as well as family and friends.
For further details about the event and its entry process, please email email@example.com, call 01733 838444 or visit www.corporategamesuk.com.