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Recruitment Challenge Cup to kick off in June

The importance of good teamwork and morale in the recruitment industry is invaluable. When the pressure is on during busy months and those lovely clients are pushing for candidates, it is imperative that the team can keep their cool and work together. And nothing emphasizes the need for solidarity and communication than competitive sport – enter the APSCo Recruitment Catering Challenge Cup. Set up by hospitality recruitment specialist Paul Gilley and working with Ann Swain in 2013, the seven-a-side football tournament has grown into a showpiece event for the recruitment industry.

This year will see a staggering 80 teams represent the top recruiters in the country, each playing for a chance to crown their company as Champions.

“It’s all about bringing the team together,” says Gilley. “It builds that competitive team spirit. And that’s not just the 15 people playing on the day that’s the whole company focusing on winning a trophy. They represent their company/brand and wear their colours with pride and it pulls them all together.”

In 2014, some 2,000 people attended the event held at the King’s House Sports Ground in Chiswick to both take part and cheer on their colleagues. And this year the event is set to be even bigger.

Gilley explains: “It is becoming a summer party for the whole recruitment industry – they can let their hair down and have some fun together. It’s a real carnival atmosphere.”

The tournament also gives those working on the ground the chance to get involved in an outside-offwork, but industry-related, event. Swain, who runs APSCo, says: “There are so many different associations and meetings for the leaders in our industry, for the Finance Directors or Marketing Managers or Owners & CEO’s, Awards ceremonies and Charity Dinners, but there is not really anything for the workers, the doers.

“This tournament is becoming quite an occasion over the past three years, something that everybody who works in the industry, as well as the management, can get involved in.”

And this year will see the addition of an “It’s A Knockout” tournament for up to 30 teams of 10, bringing back that 80’s treasure, we will have something for those that don’t fancy the football, to dress up and bounce around 12 fantastic obstacle courses!

If that isn’t enough, we will surround the whole event in a Charity fund raising 5 Kilometre fun run, starting at midday and open to all ages from pushchair to Zimmer frame......

The event also includes a number of additional entertainment options for those not taking to the field. From bungee jumping to inflatables, and from food stalls to the Zumba display and Cheerleader team, there is something for everyone.

But more than that, Gilley says it is a chance for colleagues to get to know each other outside of the office work environment.

The tournament, which this year takes place on Sunday 14th June, does tend to bring out the competitive edge in our already competitive industry, with certain rivalries in the marketplace transferring onto the field of play.

“The most fierce competitions we have are when the likes of the Parallel Consultingwants to the beat its sister company Pangea Resourcing,” explains Gilley. “But there are also the classic rivalries between Reed Rovers and Adecco Red Sox who go head to head.”

However, winning the tournament is not the be-all and end-all. “If you are not into football or It’s a Knockout or the 5K run or the 200ft Bungee, there always the bars and the Barbeques, the Kareoke, and live music, so you can simply sit in the sunshine, that can be your trophy for the day,”

Gilley says. “Those that want to be competitive can be competitive. Those that just want to have a laugh can do just that.”

In fact, it’s almost a guarantee that some of the players and supporters turn up just to soak up the atmosphere on the day.

Gilley, who is the former F&B manager at The Goring Hotel in Belgravia, adds: “Every team can bring their own picnic and make their party and we have seen some fantastic buffets spread across the pitches.

Again this year the Recruitment Festival has received a huge boost by continuing its partnership with Association of Professional Staffing Companies(APSCo).

The tournament has grown year after year through word of mouth, with more recruiters and suppliers looking to take part. Gilley adds: “With 15 guys in a team you can bet your life some of them will move jobs through the year, and wherever they go they will make sure they raise a team to beat their old team.

“The recruitment industry is always changing, so spreading through word of mouth has been easy.”

The mixed-sex football tournament is available at &pound490 per team, ”It’s a Knockout” for a team of 10 people is &pound245 and the run is &pound10 per person (includes t-shirt and medal) while supporters and guests can come to the main event for free, with Kareoke, face-painting, bouncy castle and childrens entertainer all free on the day.

For all the information on this year’s tournament, visit www.apsco.orgor


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