No day is ever the same here at Bluestone National Park Resort. So what happens when the Ospreys rugby squad descends on you after accepting a challenge to take part in our new corporate The Quest team building event?
The Quest is a great way for businesses and organisations to help bond and integrate staff through fun and thought, giving everyone a chance to excel as part of a team.
And the boys from the Rabodirect Pro 12 and Heineken Cup side Ospreys certainly enjoyed their day here, undertaking the tasks successfully and having a great time exploring the 500 acres of spectacular countryside and using the great all-weather facilities.
“Team building is paramount on and off the pitch,” said Andy Lloyd.
“What’s interesting is that building a successful team on the pitch is just as important off the pitch in a business environment - and that’s where team building is critical.”
He added: “You need to have a team that’s gelling well together in order to succeed. You’re not going to achieve growth, success or profitability without a strong team behind the business that’s working cohesively.
“The Quest is a great way for businesses to identify their strengths and weaknesses and work together for an end goal – achieving bonding and, more importantly, results. It’s quite unique in that it allows individuals to focus on their stronger abilities while being part of a team. It ensures that nobody’s left out, which is imperative as part of team building.”
The Quest takes participants on a range of physical and mental challenges designed to bring team members together in a fun and sociable way, while ensuring they leave as a focused team capable of achieving results for their employees.
Yvonne Buckingham, Head of Marketing at Bluestone, said: “We realised that with the development of our conference and meeting facilities many clients were coming here to undertake their own team building activities. We wanted to take that to the next level by allowing them to utilise the great all-weather facilities and setting up a programme that can support their team development.”
“With 500 acres of countryside, the Steep Ravine, our Tournament Field, the woods, cycling paths and walks, combined with our modern indoor facilities incuding our award-winning holistic spa, water park and luxury accommodation, we can provide a bespoke business team build and one that supports a company’s objective to grow and develop.”
Bluestone, which opened over four years ago, hosts large and small corporate events. Earlier this year more than 600 guests from and international blue chip company attended a conference at the resort; hiring the entire site for accommodation, meetings and gala dinners.
“We’re seeing significant growth in our corporate market. From meetings and conferences to staff and customer incentives and loyalty offers. Companies are looking for cost-effective and bespoke solutions and we’re lucky to be able to provide that here,” added Yvonne.
Ospreys and Wales No.8 Ryan Jones joined teammates at the The Quest event. “It’s great to get out of the normal working environment and for us it’s not just about on the pitch training. There’s a lot of strategic thinking as well as physical activity.
“The Quest has been a great way to bring the team together and highlight where our strengths and weaknesses lie personally and professionally within the team. It’s brought us together and helped management to identify areas that we need to work on to ensure we’re all working collectively to achieve one goal - to win.”
More details about The Quest and Bluestone’s corporate services can be found at www.bluestonewales/corporate.