The Launch of The Didsbury Business Games 2017

The Launch of The Didsbury Business Games 2017

A group of local businesses in Didsbury have been working on a plan to bring some fun, fitness and the business community together to raise money for The Christie.

The Didsbury Business Games is due to start on Wednesday 10th May 2017 and then run for six events over an eight week period. Five founder companies have been working behind the scenes to get the show on the road and are now ready to invite companies from across Didsbury to take part.

The Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club, Towers Business Park, Ten Pin, Parrs Wood School and Food Sorcery have been working in partnership since early January.

Jamie Lyne, MD at Waterside, said, “I was inspired by some other parts of the UK that have held similar events and thought why not do it here in Didsbury? Once we all decided on the charity we wanted to support it was all systems go.”

Jen Bailey from The Christie has been involved with helping Didsbury Business Games co-ordinate the event to generate some extra funds for the charity. Jen commented: “When we were approached by the founders of the event to be the chosen charity we were thrilled. As a charity we are always looking for ways to raise money as we are continually working to improve the patients’ experience. The extra money we raise enables us to support our patients above and beyond what the NHS is able to provide and means that we can attract world class clinicians and scientists who all work to benefit our patients. It’s a very exciting event to be involved in.”

The Didsbury Business Games will stretch teams mentally and physically with events such as 10 pin bowling, a cooking contest, table tennis, dodge ball, very muddy assault course, soft ball and a back to school quiz night.

Matthew Milroy, Asset Manager at Kennedy Wilson Europe (KWE) who is also backing the games said, "At Towers Business Park in Didsbury, we are big believers in teamwork and exercise. That’s why we are so proud to be sponsoring the Didsbury Business Games. We already provide fitness classes, CSR activities with other local charity partners and health based events to all of our tenants and we believe the Didsbury Business Games fit in with that perfectly. May the best team win!"

Each founder has also entered a team so there are already four companies registered, but the Didsbury Business Games is looking out for more. If you are a company registered in Didsbury and would like to take part, you can visit http://www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk to sign up. Even if you don’t want to take part you can check out the website and look at fundraising events you can hold at work throughout the duration of Didsbury Business Games, to support your colleagues and increase the fundraising total which will all be donated to The Christie charity, specifically Teenage and Youth Adult Unit, a specialist cancer centre for children, teens and young adults.

DIDSBURY GAMES UPDATE

Wednesday 24th May saw the Didsbury Business Games reach its half way stage on a very warm evening. The Very Muddy Event took place at the Didsbury Sports Ground and was run by Scott Harrison of Infiniti Fitness and Trafford Cross Fit.

Without a doubt the warmer conditions and more challenging events took a little more out of the competitors this week. The 5 team based challenges including the Thor’s Hammer event, Commando Sprint and Muddy AMRAP, were designed to do just that. Less mud, more sweat and hard work in the end with the eventual winners of this week’s challenge, Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club standing out from the other competitors.



Scott Harrison from Infiniti Fitness commented, ‘I had taken some classes earlier today and the heat had been a factor, draining energy levels faster than usual. With the added element of competitiveness tonight the event was even more gruelling but everyone did well to ensure fund raising for the Christie as well as well-earned points for their team.’

Although the event is bringing out some active competitive fun for companies across Didsbury the event is aiming to raise money for The Christie and in particular The Teenage and Young Adult Unit which is a specialist cancer centre for children teens and young adults. The event has now raised over £3363.40 and is well on its way to raising the 12k goal. Next week the Didsbury Business Games takes a break but then moves to Waterside Hotel & Leisure Club for the Dodge Ball event on 7th June.

You can keep up to date with the results and scores by visiting http://www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk and don’t forget you can sponsor the event and help raise funds or make a donation by visiting http://www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk/sponsor-an-event/

DIDSBURY GAMES UPDATE

Didsbury Business Games Week 4 – A dodgy start but nobody ducked this event! On Wednesday 7th June Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club hosted the Dodge Ball event for the Didsbury Business Games. The 9 teams battled out through group stages, nail biting semi-finals to have Waterside win an electrifying final against Parrs Wood. Once more the event saw some competitive fun with the teams giving it their all to be top team on the night while they increased the amount of money raised for the Christie to £3,476.40.

Chris Hayes of the Waterside commented, ‘I am glad we ordered the softest balls possible as there was a lot of commitment in some of the throws we saw last night. It was a fast paced event and you could see that some of the teams had been practicing in advance to see if they could find a bit of an edge.’

With 5 of the 7 events now completed the team from Parrs Wood still head the leader board. But with Waterside playing their Joker and doubling their points awarded on the evening they move into 2nd place. If you want to check out the leader board then visit http://www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk/leaderboard/

The event is aiming to raise as close to 12k as possible for The Christie and in particular The Teenage and Young Adult Unit which is a specialist cancer centre for children, teens and young adults. Don’t forget you can sponsor the event and help raise funds or make a donation by visiting http://www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk/sponsor-an-event/

Next week the Didsbury Business Games reaches its Penultimate event with a visit to the Didsbury Sports Ground for a Softball Tournament.

DIDSBURY GAMES UPDATE

On Wednesday 14th June The Didsbury Sports Ground hosted the penultimate event of the Didsbury Business Games. On a warm evening with all to play for the 9 teams taking part in this year's completion slugged it out playing group matches with Sterling Partners winning their group and Food Sorcery winning theirs. That meant the top teams played 2nd place waterside and Oracle. Some nail biting semi-finals between Sterling ad Waterside and Food Sorcery and Oracle followed with Sterling Partners and Food Sorcery meeting in the final. After a highly charged final Sterling Partners came out victorious and claimed the event as winners. Sterling Partners win had even more significance as they played their joker for this event doubling the points they earned on the night and moving them into touching distance of the overall event Parrs Wood who have been way out in front since week 2.

The six week event has brought organisations from all over Didsbury to compete across a range of events with Softball the 2nd event to be held at Didsbury Sports Ground,. with funds being rasied for The Christie.

Russell Hoyte the facilities manager at the Didsbury Sports Ground helped the organisers oversee the event and made sure the competitors were well looked after in the bar as well as on the field of play. Russell commented ,"It was great to see so many people turn out not only to play but to support the teams as well. So many people raising money for the charity and having fun was great to see".

There is now just the one event to go. However the final event, The Back to School Quiz to be held at Parrs Wood School has a range of bonus points, fund raisers and jokers to be played meaning it's still anyone's contest. If you want to check out the leader board then visit http://www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk/leaderboard/

The event is aiming to raise as close to 12k as possible for The Christie and in particular The Teenage and Young Adult Unit which is a specialist cancer centre for children, teens and young adults. Don’t forget you can sponsor the event and help raise funds or make a donation by visiting http://www.didsburybusinessgames.co.uk/sponsor-an-event/



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