The fourth annual Hercules Trophy UAE, sponsored this year by the National Health Insurance Company – Daman through its ‘ActiveLife’ initiative, saw leading companies in the region battle it out at the Sevens Stadium on Saturday to take home the honours in the popular inter-company sporting event.
An overwhelming turnout of 1500 employees, executives and supporters from some of the biggest companies across the UAE joined forces to conquer the 12 labours that comprise the Daman Hercules Trophy. Kicking off the day with a brain challenge, open to participants of all ages, teams then progressed to several physical challenges which were specially designed to promote teamwork, both within and amongst teams.
Dr. Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer of the National Health Insurance Company – Daman, said, “It has been a remarkable day and one with which we are proud to be associated. It is heartening to see so many of these organisations recognising the importance of teamwork and investing in their employees with participation at events such as this. There was real team spirit on display today and all the entrants should be proud of their achievements.”
Biz-Events entered two teams and reigned supreme on the day. Their Biz Attack team took the Trophy with Biz Invasion coming in second just one point behind. The third place was awarded to the Kcal Rebels from healthy fast food chain, Kcal. Prizes were also distributed for other categories such as the Smartest Team, Coolest Team, and Team Fair Play. The bonus round saw executive managers of participating teams competing in a game of petanque to earn their teams extra points. Promoseven Sports Marketing executive management represented the company well, as they took first place in petanque edging out Biz-Events in the final round with a score of 5-2.
Dr. Rohte continued, “As the leader in health insurance solutions, we are acutely aware of the benefits of a healthy workforce both to the work environment and to the business as a whole. The Daman Hercules Trophy is an excellent initiative; by encouraging the UAE workforce to get active and adopt a healthy mindset, we are helping to shape the business sector for future success.”
To add to the fun and excitement, participants’ children were welcome to take part in the Daman Junior Hercules Trophy giving them a chance to score extra points for their parents’ teams. Special fitness trainers from the kids division of the Warehouse Gym provided junior cross fit lessons to children up to 13 years of age. Family and friends of the participants could register themselves as spectators of the teams to share in the excitement of the day.
Inge Van Belle, Co-founder of Hercules Trophy said later, “It’s not easy to organize a corporate team event that appeals to everyone, especially not in Dubai where people can choose between so many activities throughout the weekend. The Daman Hercules Trophy manages to unite so many employees of different cultural backgrounds, fitness levels and age groups into a Festival of sports, entertainment and networking. This is truly unique and sets the standard very high for other corporate events in the UAE. We are very happy to see how the participating teams were committed to an active lifestyle, to their company and also to each other. We’re already looking forward to next year’s edition.”
To top off a wonderful day, participants and spectators gathered in the village for the awards ceremony and after party, where they celebrated the day’s successes. Teams were seen leaving the Sevens Stadium excitedly discussing strategies and team concepts for the next Hercules Trophy in the UAE.
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