Thursday, 4 July 2013

Preston City Games

UCLan was the host venue as hundreds of people from a range of different businesses went head to head in the first ever Preston City Games. The event saw teams from 37 firms compete in different sports including badminton, football, netball.

Other sporting activities included hockey, running, rounders, rugby and table tennis, with the fun taking place at both the UCLan Sports Arena and the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre.

The sporting day was hailed a huge success by organisers, who are already looking forward to next year's event on Saturday, June 7th.

Councillor Tom Burns, cabinet member for leisure, said: "It is great to see the business community come together and support the first Preston City Games. Everyone had a fantastic day and I hope they and many others will join us next year when the event will be even bigger."

Winners on the day included BAE Systems, who won in the badminton mixed doubles, UCLan, who won at netball, and Preston Council, who scooped first, second and third place in the men's 5k running event.

The games were held as part of the Guild legacy, as well as the city's status of European City of Sport in 2012 and followed on from the UK Corporate Games which were held in the city last year.

Kate Youngman, senior sports development officer at Preston Council, said: "It was a brilliant day, we couldn't have asked for better weather. The atmosphere was fantastic. Everyone had a beaming smile on their face. It ticked all the right boxes for us and we have had some great feedback already."

The games were organised by Preston Council, Preston College and UCLan.

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