Staffordshire’s 2015 sports calendar gets even better

I’ve written in the past about how Staffordshire is fast becoming a hub for sporting activity, well I am sure you will be pleased to hear of yet another top sporting attraction in next year’s calendar. Next June the county plays host to the Corporate Games which will see between 4,000 and 6,000 competitors taking part from some of the UK’s biggest companies. This competition has been held all over the world, so it’s a great coup bringing it to Staffordshire.

Top executives from some of the country’s biggest and brightest companies will be taking part in a range of sports competitions from hockey to volleyball, basketball to dragon boat racing. The Games will take place at both Keele and Staffordshire Universities, Fenton Manor Leisure Centre, Newcastle College and Trentham Gardens, giving participants the chance to sample some of our sites and facilities.

But it’s not all about sport. Alongside the competitions there will also be a business enterprise day to showcase Staffordshire and its inward investment potential. This will be a great opportunity to show what Staffordshire has to offer to some real movers and shakers from the business world.

Not only will the games showcase our county, provide investment opportunities and be a great deal of fun, they will also provide a substantial boost to our local tourism sector, restaurants and shops. Encouraging sports and having a healthy workforce benefits everyone and ties in with our aim of an active Staffordshire.

We also have the national football centre at St George’s Park in Burton, which is continuing to attract international teams from many sports. Coming soon are Barcelona, who are using it as a training base. Next year, Ireland and Argentina will both use the ground as they start their preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Hundreds of local cyclists and professionals are likely to take part in the Staffordshire cycling festival next summer. And finally, let’s not forget the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire, which had 8,000 pre-registered athletes and sold out in less than 15 minutes.

All these events are great for Staffordshire and I have no doubt will help to inspire many communities, encouraging them to take an active interest in sports and keep active.

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