What’s a Spacelab ‘Sports Week’ all about?

By Siobhan Canniffe on October 12, 2017
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Last week, from 2nd to 8th October, was the second annual Spacelab ‘Sports Week’. Over the course of the week, everyone in the office was subjected to a series of sport-related activities (including table football challenges for 50p per game), culminating in the ‘Spaceab racelab’ team running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon to raise money for charity.

This year we raised £4,750 for our two charities: Bone Cancer Research Trust and Children and the Arts. And (depending on when you’re reading this) it may not be too late to donate.

What does Sports Week look like?

Day 1: Great British sports-related bake off

We kicked off Sports Week with a 'bake off' to raise money. People brought in baked goods reminiscent of golf courses, rugby balls, athletics, dart boards – and just general home-made yumminess! The person that raised the most money for their goods was the winner of the day – in this case Michael Beach. In total, we managed to raise £130 for our baking skills.

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Day 3: The Big Fat Question of Sports(ish) quiz and raffle

‘The Big Fat Question of Sports(ish)’ quiz and raffle was hosted by our very own Mike ‘IT’ Wood. We invited some of our good friends and partners into our home to raise funds (while having a lot of fun along the way). As well as a series of gruelling questions, activities included a planking competition and a treasure hunt for tennis balls (each with a different number of points labelled on).

With prizes donated from our friends in the industry as well as some local and national businesses, competition was high. Prizes included dinner at a local pub, goody bags, designer interior pieces, retail vouchers, and even a pair of tickets to sit in a box at the Ed Sheeran concert next year. We raised £500 from the quiz and raffle for our two charities.

Thanks to Hunters, The Furniture Practice, Skia Light, Kvadrat, Bolon, William IV, Vitra, SMUG, Reveal Magazine, Haygen, Jojo Maman Bebe, The Collective, Clerkenwell Rug Studio, Planet Partitioning, Boden, Desso, Made in Little France, FLOS, The Wenlock Arms, Curtain Call and Liquiproof for all the contributions.

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Day 4: Kobox night

Sponsored by Humanscale, we were invited to a Kobox night – best described as 'fight club meets night club'. The nine half marathon runners were given free entry while everyone else paid to take part – raising £60. 

Day 5: Sports day, shorts day

Back again for the second year running, we asked everyone to wear shorts to work for one day – they could be worn over trousers, tights, leggings. Everyone was asked to donate £2.50 but those that didn’t show up in their shorts were asked to forfeit an additional £2.50 for their lack of team spirit – raising £90.

Day 7: Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

For Sports Week’s grand finale, nine of our most athletic team members – Monika, Tom, Rosie, Andrew, Meaghan, Kim, Robin, Emma and Mohanad – were joined by some of our friends and family as they ran the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon through London’s streets and Hyde Park. We offered to give a prize of a case of wine to the person that add the closest guess to their online donation for how long it would take for all nine of them to complete it. The total time for our nine runners was 18.44.01 and the prize goes to 'Spider Pig' (Monika's brother) who guessed 18.5 hours. You can see all the guesses and donations here.

Still to reach our total target of £5,000, we will be planning another event in collaboration with Humanscale in a few weeks. We’ll be sharing more on this soon.

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