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Business Games Challenge Returns for Lisburn Castlereagh Businesses

Business Games Challenge Returns for Lisburn Castlereagh Businesses

January 24, 2018

The three stage Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council ‘Business Games Challenge’ is now open for team entries from businesses across the Lisburn Castlereagh area. 

It will take place between 7th February and 14th March at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex between 6.00pm and 9.00pm.  The game stages are: Dodgeball on Tuesday 7th February, Wheelchair Basketball on Thursday 22nd February and Olympic Handball on the 14th March. These games are open to everyone and are suitable for all fitness levels.

This is the second year of ‘The Business Games Challenge’, which is part of the Council’s Business Solutions ‘Investing in Health, Profit in Business’ Programme, funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA). 

The Council in partnership with Disability Sport NI is offering local businesses the opportunity to try Wheelchair Basketball this year for the first time. The game can be played by those with disabilities and those without, with the aim of breaking down barriers around disability sport. The Games offer business teams the opportunity to experience this Paralympic sport first-hand. 

Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the Business Games Challenge, said: “We are hoping to see a good number of local businesses sign up to compete in this challenge.  As a council we are proud to be the only council to organise such an innovative programme that combines networking and physical activity for local SMEs. I would encourage you to register your team as soon as possible as places are limited to 16 teams.  This event will be fun and allow teams to socialise, build up camaraderie and network.  Last year 15 teams took part and they definitely demonstrated the great team culture across the local business sector.  At each game stage there will winners with the ‘Business Champion’ being crowned at the end of all three stages.”

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee, added: “The social aspect of the Business Games Challenge is fun but there are also positive health benefits of participating in team sports and this is one of the key foundations of the Invest in Health, Profit in Business Programme.  I would like to thank the PHA for funding this project that was implemented by the Council. It is a fantastic example of partnership working and supported one of our main goals of encouraging as many people as possible to become involved in physical activity to increase health and wellbeing."

Barbara Porter, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Senior Officer from the Public Health Agency’s Belfast and South Eastern Team commented: “The PHA is excited to once again partner with our council colleagues to provide the opportunities for our local business to let their staff have a bit of fun, burn off any work stress from the day and to work as a team. Physical activity is one way to improve individuals’ health and wellbeing but is hard to factor into busy lives.  These games give participants the chance to try something new in a friendly environment supported by their colleagues.”

To book a place for your team please email Kevin Madden, Sports Development Officer on