Even before the official start of ORGATEC 2018, the trade fair is set to present an unusual premiere. On 22 October – the evening before the show opens – ORGATEC’s site will host the first Chair Hockey World Championships.
Chair hockey is exactly what it sounds like. It works in a similar way to conventional hockey, only on office chairs. The “crazy” idea of hockey on office chairs was conceived over ten years ago by Jens Fislage, Managing Director of interiors specialists BKE Fislage. Since then, this “niche sport” has developed into a serious event. The 2017 German Masters saw around 1,000 visitors flock to Bremen.
For 2018, “inventor” Jens Fislage wanted to top it all. And what is more appropriate in the context of a leading international trade fair like ORGATEC 2018 than calling on all the companies exhibiting to participate and thereby turn the German Masters into the World Championships? No sooner said than done. And the first teams have already registered. “Chair hockey has become a fixed event in our industry’s calendar. There have also been repeated enquiries from abroad in recent years. Now we want to open up our project to a wider audience,” explains Fislage. The preparations have already been sketched out. “Above all, we want to pick up on that special atmosphere that spreads through the halls the day before each trade fair is due to begin.”
“The moose test for office chairs”
As well as being a sporting competition, the World Championships of course also put the quality of the “sports equipment” to the test. Or as Jens Fislage puts it: “The moose test for office chairs.” In addition, the spotlight is not only on the sport, because the event’s nature as a networking occasion is its real focus and it notably serves to cultivate contacts and public image. “This is where CEOs from various industries regularly meet. As well as happy memories, the participants also go home with one or two business cards,” says Fislage.
Chair Hockey: a team-building or customer event
The exhibitor tournament will take place on 22 October 2018 only. The registration fee is Euro 290, all of which will be donated to a children’s charity. By the way: anyone who wants to try out chair hockey for themselves can do so during ORGATEC 2018 with training opportunities every day between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. from 23 to 26 October. No advance registration is necessary. And companies that would like to invite their employees or customers to participate in a game of chair hockey can reserve a chair hockey arena for their exclusive company or customer event between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. each day. To find more information about opportunities for participation and sponsorship, visit https://orgatec.chairhockeymasters.de/language/en.
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