Bordeaux will host the next European Company Sports Games

The French Federation of Business Sports expects up to 10,000 participants. Credit: FFSE

In June 2023, Bordeaux will host several Rugby World Cup matches… But also the European Company Sports Games. An event open to all companies, from VSEs to large groups. Up to 10,000 employees are expected in the Port de la Lune to perform during the events, as well as to network.

After Salzburg in Austria and Arnhem in the Netherlands, Bordeaux will host the 24th edition of the European Company Sports Games next year. An event that will take place throughout the metropolis, from June 14 to 18, 2023, and which should have between 8,000 and 10,000 participants from 500 companies and 40 countries. And to participate, almost no criteria are required. “We have a double bond that turns into an advantage, explains Didier Besseyre, President of the French (FFSE), European (EFCS) and World (WFCS) Federation of Business Sports. We depend on both the sports code and the labor code. In this way, every workplace can participate in these European Games. Whether it concerns CAC40 companies, small VSEs, craft companies or local authorities. †

It’s also an opportunity to bring together payroll teams, sometimes spread across different departments – especially in the three former regions of New Aquitaine. According to the FFSE, practicing sports in the workplace is said to increase productivity by 6 to 9%, reduce employee turnover by 25%, as well as stress and fatigue for 73% of participants. “Of course sport is beneficial for health, for well-being, that’s all true and we’ve been talking about it for years. But what is not emphasized enough is the strengthening of social ties. What we offer helps build bridges, helps management internally »emphasizes Didier Besseyre.

Strong synergies with hoteliers

From municipal gymnasiums to athletic stadiums, a large majority of metropolitan sports facilities will welcome participants during these five days of competition. And for the president of the FFSE it was almost obvious to organize the event in Bordeaux: “The city has a good reputation and is big enough without appearing huge. This is very important, because in Berlin or Paris we would be lost, completely anonymous. Here all our competitions – except golf – and our accommodation will be less than 500 meters from a tram station. Ideal, especially because the works on the tram to the airport will be finished by then. †

Another distinguishing element in Bordeaux’s favor: its hotel portfolio. And above all the very good relations between the FFSE and professionals in the sector. “The hoteliers have a fantastic approach, insists Didier Besseyre. This is not often the case, but in Bordeaux they are aware of their responsibility for the smooth running of the event. Some will hire one or two employees for free to organize the Games. We have never experienced this elsewhere. † Didier Besseyre therefore hopes that the event can attract French employees under these circumstances. “We don’t have a selection on performance, he reassures. It’s kind of a first-in, first-out basis. Rules and conditions are created taking into account the differences in level, often linked to the age difference. Even companies with few employees will be able to try their luck, because it will be possible to form teams from different structures. Finally, “The ‘business’ aspect is also part of the things we have been developing for ten years, even if it was not originally sought. We create meetings, cocktails so that participants can discuss during the event »says Didier Beyssere.

But before this meeting, Placéco organizes the first edition of the Olympiads of Gironde companies on July 1. A day to network or do teambuilding around 8 sports. More information