The fifth running of the CSSC Games took place on 15/16 September 2011 at the superb
Loughborough University campus.
Record numbers of members were attracted to the programme of 15 competitions and the
first class facilities. Several competitions were sold out and the 1,400 competitors and 120 'Green Team' volunteers made this by far the biggest and best event CSSC has ever staged. The atmosphere from start to finish was fantastic with teams turning up from all over Britain to take part in two days of competitive, yet friendly sport. CSSC's well organised army of volunteers were on hand to meet and greet and ferry competitors round the huge Loughborough site to ensure that they enjoyed the event to the full. The competitions were: mixed rounders, netball, women's football, mixed touch rugby, masters' football, table tennis, badminton, golf, masters' athletics, dry triathlon, chess, squash, swimming, fencing and mixed hockey, with all standards welcome and many competitions graded to help members get the maximum enjoyment from the Games experience.
The Games is a perfect example of what CSSC is all about. Encouraging members to get and stay active, enjoy a good work-life balance and sense of well-being. Study after study has shown this to be beneficial to both the individual and the employer. Active people are less likely to suffer from a range of ill-health issues including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and mental illness. Managers with active work-forces gain greater employee engagement, reduced absenteeism and improvements in individual employee confidence and competence; all leading to improved productivity and efficiency. Good employers (in both the private and public sectors) recognise the value in inspiring staff through events just like the Games not only because of staff well-being, but also to help build and develop teams and improve communications throughout an organisation and across grades. CSSC is proud of helping managers with these important challenges. This year's CSSC Games will help to highlight to employers the sense of camaraderie, teamwork, keen but friendly competition and sheer fun that can be achieved by encouraging staff in this way.
The Games could not have taken place without the help and dedication of CSSC's army of volunteers who worked tirelessly over the two days to ensure the smooth running of this huge event. Some volunteers specifically joined CSSC just so they could volunteer to help at The Games, which is testament to them and the event, which delivers so much in terms of personal development and motivation.
Thank you to everyone who attended, either as a competitor or volunteer - you all helped to make this event a fantastic success and we look forward to seeing you all in two years' time! Look out for our gallery of photos and results page which will be placed on the website over the next few days.
We would also like to say a special thank you to
, sponsors of the 2011 CSSC Games. CSIS