Business games brings firms together

NETWORKING, team-building and overcoming challenges were among the achievements for teams who took part in the first Oldham Active Business Games.

Organised by Oldham Community Leisure, the fun business team competition featured six weekly events held on Thursday evenings during November and early December.

Teams of staff from businesses and organisations across the borough took part in go-karting at Team Karting, ultimate dodgeball at Extreme Air and a cake baking class at Saddleworth Bakery School, making cup cakes with Oldham owl decorations. Other nights included a Strictly Fitness challenge at Radclyffe Sport Centre, run with Strength Forge, and bingo at Mecca Bingo, and quiz and cocktails at the Molino Lounge bar in Oldham town centre’s Old Town Hall cinema and leisure development.

Teams included OMC Motor Group, Greater Manchester Police, Cornerstone Design & Marketing, Waterhead Academy teacher, Oldham Council staff and Oldham Community Leisure.

Among the participants was Jess Buckley from Cornerstone Design & Marketing.

She said “Overall the challenges have been a great team-bonding experience as well as a good chance to interact with other Oldham businesses and the hosts.

“For me, karting was the highlight. I am super-competitive – and so was the karting. Greater Manchester Police were very competitive too along with staff from Oldham Community Leisure. They had a few ‘petrol-heads’ on both their teams, so there was some really fast, exciting racing.

“Strictly Fitness was a different kind of challenge. We had to do a ‘duck walks’ low-squat race, which was really hard. I didn’t think I’d be able to walk normally for a week after that.
Joking aside, I’d really recommend other teams to enter the next Business Games in 2019. It was really enjoyable and well-worthwhile.”

Game organiser Kelly Tattersall, from Oldham Community Leisure, said: “The Oldham Active Business Games was a great opportunity for employers and staff to come together outside their working environments for a little healthy competition against other teams. The challenges will be held across different venues, which highlight the area’s diversity of health, well-being, team-building and events amenities.

To register interest in future Oldham Active Business Games and other OCL events, visit the website or contact Kelly Tattersall on 0161 207 7000. Email:

Oldham Community Leisure offers a range of corporate membership packages and workplace health services. It is also playing a leading role in a new membership scheme covering 13 leisure organisations and 87 sites across the whole of Greater Manchester.

The health and well-being organisation has 25,000 members across the borough and operates six sport and leisure centres. It also operates outdoor activities including half-marathons and triathlons, children’s activities and camps, leagues and competitions.

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