On Friday 14th June, some of our staff members from Saxon Packaging re-joined fellow Smurfit Kappa employees from Smurfit Kappa Diss, to compete in this year’s Active Workplaces Business Games, hosted by Active Norfolk.
“The Active Workplaces Business Games is an annual event held in June at the Sportspark, UEA. Teams from Norfolk Business and organisations enter a team of a least 5 people (plus subs) to this fun, competitive day of sport. It is a chance for team-building and networking with other businesses.”
With the standards having already been set from last year’s success of placing 6th, we had high expectations for this year’s competition.
The ten activities this year were; Archery, Back to School Games, Kwik Cricket, Shuffleboard, Spring Centre Challenge, Table Tennis, Team Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball & Wheelchair basketball.
After a modest start in the Wheelchair Basketball event ending in a draw, the team slowly started to pick up some momentum, winning their next two sporting events (Ultimate Frisbee & Shuffleboard). Stakes escalated quickly, in the game of volleyball that ensued, having almost “thrown away” a 7-point lead to fall neck & neck, until the final moments where Ben Watson (Technical & Design Manager) managed to clinch the deciding score.
“There were some very tense moments when the stakes were high, notably the final game of table tennis when, James Hurren (Chief Engineer), had the opportunity to clinch the game for us, only for his match-point winning shot to rebound back from his side of the net. It was such an emotional rollercoaster of a game, but we enjoyed it greatly…,” said James Tough (Finance Graduate).
After a long day, full of enjoyment, teambuilding and networking, the team placed a respectable 14th out of 44 competing teams. Whilst unable to better their placement of the previous year, the team were delighted to have placed in the top third of the table, given the high standards that they experienced this year. The event has made a lasting impression on the team and talk has already commenced in preparation for next year’s games!
If you would like to find out more about the Active Norfolk Business Games you can visit their website here: https://www.activenorfolk.org/businessgames