When work in Leeds becomes a fight club

WORK WARS: Teams go head to head at Ping Pong Fight Club.
WORK WARS: Teams go head to head at Ping Pong Fight Club.
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The drive behind corporate team building exercises is generally to improve relationships between colleagues - so a work trip to a fight club might sound a strange one.

But Ping Pong Fight Club is going nationwide and will be making a debut appearance in the city next month as part of the Leeds Digital Festival.

Not for the faint-hearted and not open to the general public, the event mimics the underground feel of the Fight Club movie with an eight-table ‘fighting arena’ where ping pong ‘gladiators’ will go head to head for their company’s bragging rights to be crowned Ping Pong Fight Club Champions.

It involves 16 local companies, 64 players, plus their supporters in a team building, networking and fund-raising night out.

Stuart Clarke, director of the Leeds Digital Festival, said: “The Leeds Digital Festival is all about the digital sector celebrating and collaborating and this event will really help to bring companies together in a unique way.

“After a successful 2017, the Digital Festival will be back in 2018 bigger and better and we’re proud to be working with ground breaking partners such as Ping Pong Fight Club”.

On the night there will be DJs, pop-up and speed networking ping pong bars, street food, robots, social zones and face painters drawing company logos.Five per cent of registration fees are donated to the winners and nominated good causes and there are packages to suit each company’s budget, which include photos to use in corporate material after.

The Leeds event is on Thursday October 12 from 6pm to 11pm at the Leeds Corn Exchange.

For more information, visit the website at www.pingpongfightclub.co.uk/leeds