The 2020 Corporate Games got underway on Sunday, March 1 at the Mandela National Stadium.
This is the second edition of the games that are played every first Sunday of the month, pitting different companies against one another.
Eleven new companies are expected to rake part this season, taking the tally to 40 from 29 last year.
Twenty five of the 40 companies were represented on the first out and it is highly expected that the other 15 will turn up on day two.
They will compete in several sporting disciplines until November and the winners will be crowned at an awards’ dinner in December.
On the opening day, the companies competed in five games including 7-aside football, Chess, Tug of War, Wood ball and spelling bee.
Amongst the day’s games, Spelling bee was the only new activity and it was won by Uganda Retirement Benefits Authority with 20 points.
The other games including Athletics, swimming, cycling, darts, paint ball shooting will be played in the second outing next month (April).
With the games also aimed at saving lives, Sunday also saw blood donation throughout the day.
It is an activity that happened once last year and it remains to be seen whether the donation will be embraced once again this season.
“We inspire employees of different corporate companies through sport.” – What they said
Chairman Corporate Games, Ian Rumanyika
“I welcome you to the corporate games. We want to appreciate the companies that have turned up in the first outing.
“We want to give a good experience to the companies who are part of us. We started last year and we’ve had a very good run. We had over 30 companies last season and are looking at over 40 this season. Today 25 have turned up.
“We have a new game called the spelling bee. We hope that corporate companies keep fit and keep healthy in these games and also use it as a platform to team build, get to know each other and be efficient and work.
“We inspire employees of different corporate companies through sport, networking, visibility, publicity is what companies get at the end of the day.
“We also have media partners who give us a platform for the companies to sell out their ideas and what they do to help push their brand.”
Janmil, Namboole Managing Director.
“We joined the corporate games as quickly as possible and as a company we need to exercise and be healthy.
“As Mandela Stadium, we have a mandate to promote sport. It’s a privileged to join the games and I wish all teams to the best. I also want to thank the fourth estate who are the media.”
Some of the participating companies at the 2020 Corporate Games
Uni engineering, PKF, Mandela National Stadium – Namboole, Uganda Retirement Benefits Authority, UTB, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Development, Ministry of Science, Technology and Information, FIDUGA – Uganda, RVZ, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, UNBS, Entrepreneur Finance Center, UAP Insurance, Darling Uganda, Plascon Paints, Blick Logistics, NIITA Uganda, Uganda Prisons Services, Joint Medical Stores (JMC), Directorate of Industrial Trainers, Uganda Heart Institute, Kampala Water, Uganda National Oil Company, Next Media, National Planning Authority (NPA) among others.