Chinese beer brand Tsingtao is sponsoring Ping Pong Fight Club, an inter-company ping pong tournament, and has launched a campaign to engage businesses across the UK encouraging employees to roll their sleeves up and rise to the challenge this summer.
Hosted in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow, businesses can register to take part in a lively night of teambuilding and networking, with competitive ping pong and beer included.
Not open to the general public, Ping Pong Fight Club mimics the underground feel of Fight Club the movie with an eight-table ‘fighting arena’.
Only a few select companies will be able to take part at each event, playing to become the ultimate Ping Pong Fight Club champion, who will then go on to compete in an overall UK final against winners from the other cities.
James Wright, for Tsingtao Beer, says: “Tsingtao Beer is excited to partner with Ping Pong Fight Club, because it’s a world away from the usual team building, networking and corporate nights out. Everyone can have a go at table tennis and we want to encourage all types of businesses, from start-ups to well established industry leaders, to get involved. This event always gets such a great response from staff – from the ultra-competitive to the non-sporty types. Some companies invite their competitors too, as it’s the perfect way to throw down the gauntlet in a fun and social way.”
The next Ping Pong Fight Club event will be in Manchester on July 13. Proceeds from the night will be donated to the MEN’s ‘We Stand Together’ fundraiser supporting the families of those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena attack.
Guests will receive complimentary drinks on arrival – including Tsingtao Beer – as well as company-branded T-shirts and wristbands, keyrings, professional pictures and videos for companies to promote their involvement after the event. There are also prizes on offer, not just for the winning team, but also via an online charity raffle, which last year included brand new professional table tennis tables, camera drones and GoPros. Around the ping pong action, friendly ‘grudge’ matches and robot challenges will take place in surrounding social zones. Face painters will be on hand to draw company logos and tribal colours, while DJs and live MCs will hype up the guests for the battles ahead as they eat food and drink Tsingtao Beer.
Tsingtao Beer is imported by Halewood Wines & Spirits, the UK’s largest independent alcoholic drinks manufacturer and distributor. Family owned and based in Merseyside, Halewood has a comprehensive product range including award-winning Whitley Neill Gin, J.J. Whitley Gin and Vodka, Liverpool Gins and Vodka, Marylebone Gin, Bajan Rum Sixty Six, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, The Pogues Irish Whiskey, and Red Square Vodka.
Tsingtao Beer (pronounced Ching Dow) is brewed by the Tsingtao brewery in Qingdao, China, one of China’s leading brewers, founded in 1903 by German settlers. The Tsingtao brand is sold in more than 50 countries worldwide and accounts for more than 50% of China’s total beer exports. It is the number-one branded consumer product exported from China and the seconnd biggest beer brand in the world by volume.