CGI has partnered with the Home Nations Commonwealth Games Teams of England, Wales and Scotland. In the run up to the 2018 Games at the Gold Coast in Australia, the firm will provide the teams with Systems Integration, BPS and IT Outsourcing. In addition, the firm will motivate its employees to get involved in the Games by raising awareness of the benefits of exercise and helping them adopt healthier lifestyles.
The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event for athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations representing their home nation. The event, which was for the first time held in 1930 in Hamilton – Canada, takes place every four years and is overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities.
Although the Commonwealth of Nations consists of 53 members, 71 teams participate in the Games, as a number of British overseas territories, Crown dependencies, and island states, compete under their own flag, including England, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Jersey, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games
From 4 to 15 April 2018, Australia will host the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games in Queensland’s Gold Coast and welcome emerging talent and established stars, able-bodied and para-sport athletes from the participating countries, as well as officials and visitors from all over the world.
In the run up to the 2018 Games, IT and business process services firm CGI has been selected as the official Systems Integration, BPS and IT Outsourcing partner of three of the Home Nations Commonwealth Games Teams: Team England, Team Wales and Team Scotland. “We are delighted to partner with Team England, Team Wales and Team Scotland during this exciting period. The Glasgow Games in 2014 were a huge success for all three teams and we are very excited to work with them as they begin their four year journey to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games,” comments Tim Gregory, President of CGI UK.
“When we started talking to the teams, we found that their values and commitment to developing talent were very closely aligned with those of CGI. We look forward to ‘travelling’ with them on their journey to the Gold Coast and bringing the games to life for our clients and members. In the UK, CGI employs approximately 6,000 professionals across England, Scotland and Wales and our members, which is how we refer to our employees, are really excited about getting involved with their ‘national’ team,” Gregory adds.
In addition to supporting the teams, the consulting firm will also develop a programme of activities to get its employees involved in the Games by adopting healthier lifestyles. These activities aim at developing awareness of the benefits of exercise and wellbeing and include blogs, webcasts and visits by athletes, coaches and nutritionists.