A new meaning to Corporate Takeover!

Who says you can’t have fun at work? Starting this weekend and running through to June 3, the 25th annual Corporate Challenge is taking over the GO Centre! Of the 23 different sport categories, three will take place at the GO Centre. Volleyball on May 28, Table Tennis on May 29 and finally Badminton on June 3. The three events combined are estimated to bring in 900 participants and spectators. I’m sure we all know someone at work who’s a closet semi-pro and it will no doubt be a thrill to see which company reigns supreme.

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“Created in 1992, Corporate Challenge provides an activity for local businesses to foster employee interaction, teamwork, morale, pride, health & wellness. The demand proved overwhelming and now Corporate Challenge has grown to include over 175 companies, over 18,000 athletes and 1,900 volunteers in an Olympics-style competition that is one of the largest amateur sporting events in Canada!

Corporate Challenge promotes a unique sense of spirit and togetherness that is found when employees gather in social environments and fun, organized competition. Corporate Challenge provides the corporate world with activities that break through the barriers existing in even the smallest organizations. Through sports for the athletically-corporate-challenge2inclined to recreation activities that employees of every fitness level can participate in, Corporate Challenge gives us all an opportunity to come together and have some fun!” – Corporate Challenge

Although it’s too late to register a team this year, there’s no reason why you can’t come down to check it out and see what it’s all about. Corporate Challenge is not only a great team building event, but promotes goal setting, getting active and introduces individuals to sport and wellness. Best of luck to all the athletes!

Check out the Corporate Challenge website for more information on the events, festivities and times.

Let’s be Partners!

Since its expansion in 2011 the Saville Community Sports Centre has become a fixture in the Edmonton athletics community. With 12 full sized gymnasiums and a complete gymnastics hall, the west side of the Saville Community Sports Centre more affectionately known as the GO Centre is the heart and soul of organized basketball, volleyball and gymnastics in Edmonton. There’s always something going on in the GO Centre, whether you feel like playing a game of pickup during open gym hours, are interested in joining a league team or simply wish to watch one of the many tournaments and events that take place here each year. From grass roots to varsity sports and Olympic level athletics, the GO Centre exists to ensure there is a home and programming available for athletes of all ages and skill levels.

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The Go Community Centre is the not for profit charity that built the GO Centre and exists to this day and ensuring the GO Centre’s doors stay open. The GO Centre is an impressive 236,000 square feet of recreational space and as you can probably imagine, regular upkeep and day to day operations take a lot of resources. We have a number of improvements planned for the facility but due to fiscal restraints, aren’t able to act on our plans as soon as we’d like. But that’s where sponsorship comes in!

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With the support of corporate sponsors, we will be able to expand our program offerings, make further improvements to the facility and ensure our guest experience is second to none! In return, your business will receive a prominent branding position in the building and have numerous opportunities to engage with GO Centre users and visitors. You receive incredible exposure to our more than 1.4 million annual visitors and support the growth of local sport in Edmonton and Canada’s best court facility!

Visit our website to learn how you can get involved and what sponsorship opportunities are available.

Volleyball Canada Nationals takes over the GO Centre

We’re less than two weeks into May and already we’ve past some impressive milestones. We’ve seen our first 20+ degree day, the Oilers made it to the second round of the playoffs and the GO Centre just hosted its largest event of the year! From May fourth to seventh, Canada’s best women’s 17U/18U Volleyball teams took over the GO Centre as they competed in Volleyball Canada Nationals.  With more than 2,076 players and coaches involved in the tournament this past weekend and double that for spectators, the GO Centre was rockin’ the way only the GO Centre could. “We had 23 courts setup between our ten gymnasiums to play host to 667 matches and 173 practices over the four days,” explains Pierre Dickner, Executive Director, Edmonton Volleyball Centre Society.  With teams split up into 3 tiers, there was a fair level of competition for all participants. “It’s an open style tournament where any team in Canada can register to compete,” explains Pierre. Waterloo and Ottawa joined Edmonton in kicking off Volleyball Nationals by hosting 16U and 14U East last weekend. The following two weeks of May will see Halifax, Abbotsford, Saskatoon, Waterloo, Calgary and Regina host 14U Atlantic, 14U West, 17U/18U boys, 15U East, 16U West and 1U5 West respectively.  Volleyball Canada Nationals is truly a nationwide tournament with games taking place coast to coast.

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Canada’s National sitting volleyball team calls Edmonton its home city. Spectators and participants alike were treated to an inter-squad scrimmage and were encouraged to give the sitting version of volleyball a try. “It‘s a very unique variation of the sport,” explains Pierre. “Position is key as you can’t stand and are forced to scoot to a ball rather than run.”

Big Things Ahead for Edmonton and Volleyball

Building off the success of hosting the women’s 17U/18U for the past two years at the Saville Community Sports Centre, Edmonton is set to host all categories of competition at the 2018 Volleyball Canada Nationals! Approximately 10,000 athletes and coaches and an estimated 15,000 spectators from across the country are expected to attend. The event will feature an impressive estimated 800 teams in various age categories, coinciding with international competitions. The action will take place May 12 to 24, 2018 at the Northlands Expo Centre.

Did you take in the action at this year’s Volleyball Nationals? Share your experiences with us in the comments or on social media!