Gary Neville announced as Patron for this year's UK Corporate Games in Lancaster
The former Manchester United player and co-owner of Salford City will help promote and support the event which is being held at Lancaster University between September 2 and 5.
The event was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Corporate Games have been staged in cities around the world since 1988 with the first UK Corporate Games being held in 1992.
They bring together businesses from across the country to compete in a weekend of sport.
Lancaster was chosen to host the event last year after organisers said the city demonstrated overwhelming drive to make the event a huge success.Gary Neville is the latest in a long line of Corporate Games Patrons that have included Sir Alex Ferguson, Freddie Flintoff, Princess Anne and Nelson Mandela.
In a video to promote the Games, the Sky Sports pundit and former assistant manager for the England national team, said: "Lancaster University will be the hub of the Games hosting 12 of the 23 sports.
"Lancaster and Morecambe College, Lancaster Golf Club, Salt Ayre Sports Centre and Wyresdale Park are just some of the other great venues hosting sports over the weekend.
"We all need something to look forward to after the past year so get fit for business and get your company involved in the 2021 UK Corporate Games in Lancaster."
Games Director Doug White said: “We are delighted to be bringing the UK Corporate Games to Lancaster and are thrilled to have Gary Neville on board as this year’s Patron for the Games.
"The Games are open to all, for the benefit of all and welcomes everyone, regardless of sporting ability or level of fitness.”
Jon Powell, Head of Enterprise and Innovation Services at Lancaster University, Vice President of Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Steering Group, said:
“We are delighted that the UK Corporate Games has been able to secure a new date to come to Lancaster following the cancellation last year. This is a fantastic opportunity for staff and students to be active and have fun in 2021”.
Doug White added: "As restrictions ease and confidence is restored, we are more than ever focusing on our participant's health and wellbeing, through sport and Games celebrations and with this in mind, now is the time to begin planning for some much-needed camaraderie amongst work colleagues, clients and business acquaintances."
Call the games office now on 01733 838 444 or visit www.corporategamesuk.com to get your company involved.