When Southampton FC approached us, they told us they needed a bespoke indoor team building activity that aligned with their new Corporate Strategy. This needed to be a 1 hour session to form part of a corporate conference at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton. We put them through our 5 step process to tailor a solution to their unique needs.
Our consultants identified 3 elements that Southampton FC wanted to make a key focus of their event:
We decided to base Southampton’s team building solution on our Construction Project format. This is because it can be adapted to require a large team to work together as a unified whole, while generating innovative ideas and managing resources effectively. This ticks off key elements 1 and 2.
To address key element 3, we decided to change the machine being built. Rather than have teams design and build a catapult or bridge, as in our off-the-peg format, we tailored the activity to Southampton FC. We had their teams build football free kick machines!
On the day, 360 people in 40 teams were given limited resources from which to build a machine that could ‘kick’ a ball to the next team’s conference table. Their resource packs and briefing documents were branded to reflect Southampton FC’s theme for their corporate event. And teams had to innovate to use the skills and talents available to overcome a challenging brief.
To encourage overall team unity, we gave the 40 teams a collective goal. If the conference room achieved 20 ‘passes’ between tables, everyone would win a prize!
With 360 people in one large room, we wanted to ensure engagement stayed high. So we liaised with the client’s AV supplier to project all the action onto a big screen for all to see. Our professional hosts and facilitators also circled the room to make sure teams were on task and schedule.
The activity went brilliantly. The finale free kick challenge was highly engaging and energising for all 360 employees. The whole room achieved a great score of free kicks and earned several collective prizes.
The timing was exactly 1 hour as per Southampton’s requirements. And the event team captured lots of photos and videos to share with them after the event. The club’s feedback speaks for itself:
“EML were great to work with, really responsive & flexible. Our team was in need of some quality time together having been working from home for so long. Neil’s excellent facilitation helped us to learn more about each other, strengthen our connections, and build some shared goals in a really fun and safe way.”
Amy Taylor | Clinical Lead | NHS
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