On the 15th of May 2023, 15 teams from the construction industry headed to the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds to battle it out across 8 events in the hope of becoming the champions of the Feelgood Games 2023.
Once everyone had arrived and signed in, Christine-Alice Hartigan from SPACE & PLACE led all the competitors and volunteers into the middle of the arena to take part in an inclusive warm up. Then it was time for the games to begin…
To kick off the competition, 3 separate events took place at the same time: boot throwing, long jump and the space hopper race. We saw some great performances from everyone involved, setting them up nicely for the remaining events. Once they concluded, it was then time for the next batch of three with the tug of war, 100m sprint and bean bag throwing.
The construction relay took place in the afternoon with runners dressed up in Hi Vis jackets, hard hats and safety goggles, to take on the 400m race around the track.
Then to finish off a jam-packed day, it was time for the all-important obstacle race. This track was designed to challenge all the opponents who dared to face it, from tire carrying to wall climbing.
It was great to see everyone taking part and giving it there all in the challenges, but as you know there could only be one winner. For the second year running, it was Lindum Group who took home the trophy after a series of impressive performances, especially in the obstacle course and tug of war.
Check out the full video of the day’s events, which was created by Ethics Leisure, below:
The main reason we host these games is to fundraise for our charity, the Pagabo Foundation. We know that the construction industry still faces huge issues when it comes to the mental health of its workers, and we are working hard to try and reduce the impacts that this has.
Whilst at the 2023 games, the Chairman of the Pagabo Foundation, Jason Stapley, provided an insight into what the money raised from these events goes towards and you can hear what he had to say in the video below:
Thank you to Morgan Sindall, Ashe Group, 43 Clicks North, Maven, Moodbeam, Red Kite Learning Trust, ISG, Graham, 8build, Cartwright Communications, Latus Health, Your IT and Faithful+Gould for sponsoring the event.
We would also like to thank everyone who competed in the games and those who donated to our charity, helping us raise £34,400.
We hope to see you all again in 2024!
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