Businesses in Birmingham will have the opportunity to test their athletic abilities against each other as the CBD Community Games event returns for a second year.

Following the success of last year’s event, set up to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, organisers Colmore Business District (CBD) will be hosting another Community Games on 26th July in Victoria Square.

Activities will be provided by national governing bodies of sport, England HockeyBritish Rowing and Canoe England. England Hockey will be hosting five-a-side rush hockey tournaments, with 16 pre-submitted teams from the CBD business community. All teams have paid an entry fee, with all proceeds donated to CBD’s chosen charities - Children’s Liver Disease Foundation and the Rape & Sexual Violence Project.

For those participants who exert a little too much energy in their participation, or fans who cheer too strenuously, CBD business Lemuria Retreat will be offering complimentary sports massages to ease any pains.

Georgina Roseff, graduate engineer and rush hockey team member for Peter Brett Associates said: “Events such as this show that the enthusiasm for grassroots sport has very much continued since London 2012. It’s great that the CBD is bringing national sports bodies directly to the business community and providing an opportunity for us to get involved in a fun day of sport and meet others from the District.

“Most employees tend to get the chance to mix with their counterparts at traditional networking events, so it will be refreshing to meet others in a completely different setting whilst playing sport.”

The 2013 Community Games is the latest example of the CBD’s aspiration to provide ways for businesses to get together away from their desks and engage in valuable team building activities - and all whilst raising money for charitable causes.

Tahreen Kutub, CBD events and communications manager, said: “Colmore Business District is committed to providing activities that bring the local community together and support wellbeing. We’re proud to bring back what started as a pilot event last year, to now celebrate the legacy of London 2012 and continue to encourage employees in the District to get involved with sport. We were also keen to connect the games to our charities this year and raise money for two very worthwhile causes.”

In conjunction with the Community Games, CBD is also funding two floral features in the shape of runners in Snow Hill Station Square in support of Birmingham in Bloom, demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to bringing physical enhancements to the District as well as providing activities focused on the wellbeing of its members.

CBD launched in April 2009 for a five-year term as a business improvement district (BID) for the commercial quarter of Birmingham. In October this year, businesses will have the opportunity to vote on a business plan to see CBD continue to a second five-year term from April 2014. To see what CBD has planned, read the proposed BID2 business plan on www.colmorebusinessdistrict.com.

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