Many corporate institutions hold end-of-year parties, luncheons and awards and dinner nights in a bid to fraternise of their clients.
But for the second year in a row, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Ghana Limited took its staff and clients to the football pitch to create a congenial and relaxed atmosphere after another year of overcoming a challenging economic environment.
Despite the challenges the economy faced coupled with a hard-fought national election which came off successfully, CWG fulfilled its promise of using the football pitch to know its clients better.
From three teams in 2015 to four in 2016, the participating teams including CWG Ghana, National Accreditation Board (NAB), accounting and auditing firms, PwC and E&Y, really expressed their skills on the Astroturf football pitch of Dzorwulu Junior High School, Accra.
After the first round of the seven aside games, CWG and PwC qualified for the finals and at the end of it all, the accounting and auditing firm showed that balancing and auditing of accounts are not just done in boardrooms, but also on the football pitch.
PwC walked away with the trophy and bragging rights as the 2016 champions and have assured they will be defending their record at the end of 2017.
Despite some losing and others winning, all the teams used the opportunity and atmosphere created to bond and know each other better outside the corporate environment and pledged to do more of it.
As the excited host of a successful event, CWG Ghana’s Country Manager, Mrs Harriet Yartey explained that the event was organised to bring some clients of CWG together to mark the end of the year with them.
“It is a show of appreciation for the business they have given us. For the great relationships we have had with them to date and also to ‘let our hair down’ so to speak, through exercise and fun games since we have been working very hard all year round,” she said.
She added that the company also used the opportunity to build on these business relationships and encourage staff camaraderie outside the formal setting.
“This event was aimed at bridging the relaxation gap in our corporate world with sports, as it’s been all work and no play throughout the year, thus creating an opportunity to ‘de-stress’ from a hectic but thankfully successful business year, whilst jointly looking forward to an even more successful new year.”
She added that CWG Ghana plans to expand the scope of the event to attract more clients, and will include other games like table tennis, arm-wrestling, Scrabble, volleyball, basketball and much more in subsequent competitions.